Interaction Designer at Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia)
January 11, 2012 6:13 PM

Job Purpose

As an Interaction Designer, you will be part of a team that helps define how hundreds of millions of people around the world access knowledge. You will design interfaces that enable people to find information, discover new topics, and discuss ideas. Your work will also help our community of editors write fascinating new articles about scientific discoveries, advancements in technology, developments in the arts, and other important topics. In short, you will help engage the world in sharing the sum of human knowledge.

If you'd like to apply your design skills in a high-impact environment to make the world a better place, this is your chance.

Job Summary

* Develop wireframes, product flow analysis, and UI designs for Wikimedia’s desktop and mobile sites
* Build HTML/CSS prototypes and work collaboratively with engineers to develop final implementations
* Organize user tests, user screencasts, and other qualitative assessments of the user experience

Required Qualifications

* Degree in HCI or related field, or equivalent real-world experience
* 3+ years as an Information Architect, Interaction Designer, Interface Designer, working both on desktop and mobile UIs

Additional Qualifications

* Experience with interactive rapid prototyping tools, particularly in an Agile environment is a plus.
* Familiarity with MediaWiki or other open source content management systems is a plus.
* Experience in the Wikipedia community or working with online volunteer communities is a major plus.
* Understanding of free culture / free software / open source is a major plus.
* Creativity, attention to detail, high degree of motivation, and ability to work effectively in multiple cultural contexts are major assets.
* You must be comfortable working in a highly collaborative, consensus-oriented environment.
* Good sense of humor always a major plus.
* Experience living and working internationally is a major benefit.

Please provide URLs to your portfolio, and of any existing user experience work you can reference openly – we'd love to see what you have done. Provide us your user experience related blog URLs if any. And let us know why this position interests you.

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 477 million unique visitors per month, making them the 5th most popular web property worldwide. Available in more than 270 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 20 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(c)(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 98 staff members. Wikimedia is supported by local chapter organizations in 38 countries or regions.



Please send a CV and cover letter to jobs(at) Please put the position title (Interaction Designer) in your subject line.

Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

Please copy and paste the text of your CV into the e-mail, in addition to attaching the file.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we regret that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Position will be based in our San Francisco, CA office though remote candidates may be considered.

payscale: negotiable & competitive
job type: full-time
posted by brainwane to Web/HTML/Info Design

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