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Director of Product, Platform

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The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an experienced Director of Platform Product Management to work with Engineering, Product Management and Research leadership on developing a platform strategy for Wikipedia and other Foundation projects.  Our teams build products that enable our communities to achieve our Vision; a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.  

The Director of Product Management, Platform will be responsible for teams that build multiple components of the platform.  The platform is the base offering that products are built on.  This includes technical components, large-scale features and capabilities such as APIs, core engine, data pipelines, front-end frameworks, notifications, maps, machine learning infrastructure, authentication, authorization, and policy controls.  This is an opportunity to do good while having a high level of impact at a large-scale media property.

You are responsible for:

  • Managing, growing and developing a team of Product Managers
  • Collaborating with engineering leadership to create a strategy for Platform development, beginning with an API strategy
  • Developing a phased approach for consolidating common infrastructure and services into a platform layer
  • Leading prioritization and execution efforts for platform features and capabilities
  • Bringing Product Management thinking, including prioritization, product strategy alignment, and process development  into engineering areas 
  • Working closely with the AI/ML team in developing and setting Product-led prioritization
  • Co-creating and communicating the Platform strategy to the executive team
  • Defining and tracking key performance metrics for product initiatives and connect these metrics to overall Foundation goals
  • Helping manage communications among the product teams and the broader cross-functional organization to ensure stakeholder alignment

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, or the equivalent in work related experience
  • Significant work experience in technical product management
  • Experience developing a platform strategy and executing on that change at scale 
  • Experience with REST APIs and API strategy development
  • Robust analytical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills with the ability to deliver on detail as well as strategy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and develop effective working relationships with all levels of management, staff and communities
  • Capable of managing a diverse range of responsibilities in a dynamic and results-oriented environment. Must be comfortable with evolving requirements and priorities.
  • Ability to work with a remote, global and diverse team and community

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Alignment with our mission and values
  • Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in public and collaborative ways
  • Being open, curious, and inquiring in our work
  • Internal motivation and high standards
  • Working together for outcomes, and being willing to change course
  • Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect
  • Natural inclination for team collaboration and for helping colleagues succeed   

Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

  • Experience editing Wikipedia or with the Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons communities or other collaborative enterprises
  • Experience with open source software development
  • Familiarity with artificial intelligence/machine learning platforms at scale
  • Familiarity with MediaWiki

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