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Partner Engineer

You are…

… a passionate software engineer who wants the challenge of seeing Wikipedia everywhere.

You thrive on working with partners all around the world ranging from telecommunications companies, operating systems vendors, and like minded organizations.

You love writing open source software at a large scale, and you want to help make the mobile ecosystem more open by doing your part.

Who we are and what we’re doing:

Other companies and organizations promise you’ll change the world. We are doing it. Each month our mobile projects serve over a billion pages that educate and empower the world through open knowledge. The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit that supports this.

Lots of people in North America and Europe use Wikipedia. But that’s not good enough. We need to reach people all over the world. Our annual plan has us focusing on India, Africa, Brazil, and Southeast Asia, and we have to be innovative in how we do it. Through the use of SMS, USSD, Wikipedia Zero, and new access methods we’re lowering the access barrier to Wikipedia. Mobile solutions are the primary way these users access the internet and we have to reach them.

But we need your help. In order to work with new partners, we need to scale up our team and provide dedicated support for both development and operations.

What you’ll do:

  • Take our new access method prototypes and scale them to millions of users and hundreds of partners
  • Work within a small and agile team focused on mobile development
  • Engage with a passionate user community to take Wikipedia and its sibling sites to the next stage of mobile knowledge and content sharing

You should:

  • Know how to build and support large-scale web applications in PHP & Python
  • Be able to optimize web services to function best on both feature and smart phones
  • Love working within a highly collaborative and consensus-oriented environment
  • Be comfortable working with our partners for software integration
  • Get excited about working in multiple cultural contexts

You get extra points for:

  • Experience with Vumi
  • Knowing about wikis
  • Having lived or worked outside of your home country
  • Showing us your open source / free culture contributions

About the Wikimedia Foundation:

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Our commitment: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 482 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, January 2012).

Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 21 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of more than 100,000 people.

Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501©(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.

The Wikimedia Foundation was created in 2003 to manage the operation of Wikipedia and its sister projects. It currently employs 100 staff members. Wikimedia works with local chapter organizations in 39 countries or regions to advance the mission of the Wikimedia movement.

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