The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Systems Architect to join our Architecture Team, reporting to the Director of Architecture. As a Systems Architect, you will collectively shape and design Wikimedia’s future technical systems that share the world’s knowledge. In this role, you will collaborate with engineers, product managers and other system owners within the Wikimedia Foundation and its partners to model and design an iterative approach to an evolutionary architecture for Wikimedia. You will work remotely and collaboratively across the organization and movement, ensuring our systems enable users to collect, share and distribute the knowledge contained in Wikimedia Projects while also ensuring our systems are resilient, secure and scalable.
Over the past year we have sketched a target architecture, collaborated with teams in our Product Department on structuring content and worked to establish an architecture practice. To understand more about our overall approach here is a blog post describing how we think about transiting from software to systems. The work we accomplish is strongly guided by our organizational values. Including a commitment to open source, you can find the work of our engineering teams on GitHub.
As a strong candidate, you have a deep commitment to collective reasoning, strengthening the expert thinking of others and asking the right questions. You have worked on multiple, high-scale data systems both in an engineering and design capacity. This experience includes building systems in modern architectures and transitioning legacy monolithic systems to a more modular and distributed approach. You are excited about designing for emergence and reaching big end goals.
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The Wikimedia Foundation is…
…the nonprofit organization that hosts and 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, free of interference. We host 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 financial support 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.
As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.
If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 839-6885.
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