Internal:Careers/Institutional Partnerships Manager

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Wikimedia District of Columbia is looking for an Institutional Partnerships Manager who will sustain and grow our institutional partnerships program in the coming year.


Wikimedia District of Columbia is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. We are the regional outreach organization for Wikipedia and the other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, including Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. Our mission is to promote participation on Wikimedia projects in the Washington, DC area and throughout the United States.

Institutional partnershipsare one of our core program areas. In 2015–16, we worked with 27 different partner institutions, including museums, universities, and professional associations, ranging from local organizations such as the Laurel Historical Society to those of national profile like the Smithsonian Institution and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our partnerships have focused largely on “edit-a-thons,” day-long events that train partner staff and members of the general public on editing Wikipedia.

Institutional partnerships have historically been the most successful and high-impact of Wikimedia District of Columbia's program areas, with sustained growth in program footprint, partnership quantity and quality, and program participation and impact to content over the past several years. Our annual plan for 2016–17 anticipates the continued expansion of this program area, with a 25% increase in the total number of collaborative editing events.


The Institutional Partnerships Manager will support the implementation of our institutional partnerships program by planning and facilitating events with institutional partners. The manager will work with Wikimedia District of Columbia volunteers to expand knowledge, skills and confidence among our institutional partners to use and edit Wikipedia and host programs that engage local community members with Wikipedia. Additionally, the manager will help partner staff navigate gaps between the organization’s culture and Wikipedia, and connect with local Wikipedians to aid them in their efforts.

The manager's primary responsibilities will include identifying and researching potential partner institutions; identifying contacts and stakeholders as well as potential event topics and themes; preparing tailored outreach and training materials; coordinating volunteer support, assisting with attendee orientation and check-in, and presenting during live training sessions; and providing pre- and post-event social media support. Other responsibilities will include helping to measure impact of partner institutions’ increased engagement with Wikipedia, preparing event outcome reports for internal and partner use, and developing case studies from among a sample of partner organizations.

This will be a full-time position (40 hours per week), funded through September 2017, with an opportunity to extend the term of employment contingent on funding.


  • Clear and professional oral and written communication, in both in-person and virtual settings
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with a project team that values speed, accountability, execution and inclusiveness
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and leverage relationships and networks, particularly among institutions of knowledge such as libraries, universities, museums, and professional associations
  • Ability to communicate well with diverse individuals and perspectives
  • Experience with volunteer recruitment and fostering and sustaining effective volunteers
  • Experience participating on the Wikimedia projects a significant plus