Programmes Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Wikimedia, Remote

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Programmes Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The Wikimedia vision is a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge and the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team is responsible for delivering on this vision internally, within the Wikimedia Foundation, and, where appropriate, externally, in the communities we serve. Our role is to strengthen the culture of equity and inclusion within the Foundation and the broader movement so that people from all backgrounds feel welcome and able to contribute to promoting knowledge equity. 

The Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team sits within the Talent & Culture department and serves as the centre of excellence for all things related to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace environment. The Programmes Director, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will lead the Programmes sub-team. They will partner closely with leadership and staff in each department to lead Foundation wide cultural transformation initiatives. 

The second sub team is the Workplace team which partners closely with employees and people managers and is responsible for all day-to-day matters relating to DEI. This team will be responsible for cultural heritage months, staff and manager DEI learning workshops, Employee Resource Groups, DEI staff communications, employee engagement efforts, convening and organising Equity Taskforce and maintaining workforce metrics. 

This role will report into the Vice President, Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is fully remote. The candidate will work closely with the executive team (C-suite and VP’s) to support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts across the Foundation, with a focus on large programmes. They will be supported by a DEI Programmes Specialist.


The Programmes Director will be responsible for developing/implementing the Executive Accountability Framework, developing a shared set of behavioral expectations for employees linked to our values; co-creating and developing a shared understanding of good management; embedding diversity, equity and inclusion goals within the performance review process and developing a new mentorship and sponsorship programme. 

  • Develop and execute Foundation-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programmes in collaboration with Talent & Culture, C-Team, Vice Presidents, Communications , and Equity Task Force.
  • Influence, challenge, and educate leadership and other key stakeholders within Wikimedia Foundation on DEI initiatives and strategy bringing fresh and relevant perspectives and ideas to keep leadership well informed on latest thinking, best practices, and developments in DEI.
  • Establish clear goals and design the metrics and processes that will help us measure  progress and accountability - for executives, managers and staff - to drive meaningful impact in building a culture of inclusion.
  • Partner with the People Experience team to embed effective DEI practices into every phase of the talent and development life cycles including, attraction, selection, development, and retention.
  • Review existing programs and integrate expertise to enhance engagement and advocacy in the areas of  talent acquisition and retention, people development, communications, marketing, and business strategy.
  • Partner with leadership in each department to support departmental DEI plans aligned with the Foundation’s Global DEI strategy.
  • Lead our efforts to close the diversity data gap with a view to providing a true picture of diversity across the Wikimedia Foundation. Define and articulate appropriate metrics/ stretch targets to measure all aspects of DEI in a global setting and work with key partners to ensure each country is making progress on their goals.
  • In partnership with Learning & Development, define ongoing learning and development solutions and build a curriculum of education to support an equitable, just, and inclusive environment.
  • In partnership with Recruitment ensure DEI is at the heart of the Wikimedia Foundation’s hiring practices by reviewing and updating current recruiting trainings and practices. 
  • In partnership with Communications, collaborate to ensure that external messaging aligns with internal strategies and efforts to external brands.

Skills and Experience

  • Deep knowledge and experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, leading organisational change, research or a consultancy work focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience of working across different sociopolitical and cultural contexts.
  • 5-7 years of experience delivering highly impactful DEI programmes, projects and initiatives cross-departmentally. 
  • Management experience having led a small team and with an understanding of how to develop, engage and motivate direct reports.
  • Demonstrated change management skills and ability to adapt to change in a complex environment.
  • Experience listening and building strong internal relationships/partnerships with all levels of the organization.
  • Experience in the design and delivery of DEI programmes such as mentorship, sponsorship or ally programmes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Qualities that are important to us

  • People-focused. Able to quickly and organically build strong relationships at all levels cross functionally and globally, as well leverage and extend internal and external networks to develop strategic partnerships.
  • Data and insight driven DEI professional that can understand the root causes of DEI issues and appropriately translate into commitments and targets.
  • Strong cultural awareness and the ability to work with, collaborate, and influence diverse teams and groups and across geographies.
  • Enjoy rolling up your sleeves and providing hands-on support when needed.
  • Highly analytical with the ability to convey information to senior leaders.
  • Financially savvy with experience of managing direct and indirect budget sources across complex, matrix organisations.

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Research experience relating to project and programme designs 
  • Fluency in multiple languages
  • Deep understanding of social movements and topics such as anti-racism, sexism, disability movements, or LGBTQIA+ advocacy
  • Experience with platforms such as Excel, Greenhouse, PEO’s
  • Familiarity with the free knowledge movement 

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive. 

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Health Care Benefits Covered at 100%: We cover 100% of premiums for medical, dental and vision plans for all full time employees and eligible dependents
  • Wellness Reimbursement Program: Up to 1,800.00 USD per year for reimbursement for staff wellness expenses, such as gym fees, educational expenses, and more
  • Technology and Equipment Stipend: In addition to receiving a brand new laptop, monitor, & docking station, all new hires receive 600.00 USD stipend to set up their space for working virtually 
  • Professional Development Program: Up to 750.00 USD reimbursement per year to encourage continuous learning through attending conferences, courses, workshops and the purchase of educational materials 
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Employer match of up to 4% of employee contributions dollar for dollar with no vesting period
  • Paid Time Off: Generous paid time off policy of over 45 days, which includes: vacation days, at least one observed holiday a month, sick leave, and volunteer days
  • Flexible Schedules: Options available to balance your personal and remote-work life
  • Silent Fridays: No scheduled meetings so you can get caught up at the end of each week
  • New Parent Leave: Fully paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, and flexible options as you embark on your return to work
  • Fertility and Adoption Reimbursement Plan: Reimburses staff up to 5,000.00 USD in expenses per year, with a lifetime maximum of 10,000.00 USD
  • Assistance for those unexpected life events: Long and short term disability, life insurance, and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax Savings Plans: Generously funded health savings accounts (HSAs), pre-tax contribution options for health care, child care & elder care, public transportation and parking expenses

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

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About Wikimedia

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and hosts Wikipedia and several other Wikimedia free knowledge sites. Every month, the Wikimedia sites are accessed by more than a billion unique devices. Wikipedia consists of more than 40 million articles across hundreds of languages. Every month, more than 70,000 volunteer editors contribute to Wikipedia. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) non-profit that is funded primarily through donations and grants. It currently employs over 240 staff members. 

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