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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With more than 100 employees and about 65,000 members, it is the oldest and largest of 37 independent chapters of the international Wikimedia movement. The best-known Wikimedia project, the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, is used by millions of people across the world every day and is continuously updated and improved by millions of users.

Wikimedia Deutschland furthers these ideals even beyond the free encyclopedia: It is our aim to establish and promote the creation, collection, and distribution of free knowledge in all parts of society. Our objective is to create a world in which the sum of all human knowledge is freely accessible for everyone. The main focus of our activities is the support of volunteers, the development of technology and software, and the cooperation with cultural and scientific institutions. Furthermore, we advocate on both the national and EU-level a legal framework which allows for free knowledge to become part of our everyday life.

In order to promote these aims, we are currently seeking a capable and motivated Head of Design to join our Software & Development Department at the heart of Berlin to support the future growth of our Wikidata Platform. You will be responsible for our team of designers. This role will report to the Head of the department.

What we expect

As Head of Design you have:

  • 7+ years of experience in software industry
  • 3+ years of experience in managing a team
  • Experience in Product- or UX-Design
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of design processes and methods
  • Ability to structure complex situations with multiple stakeholders to reach clear decisions

What you will perform

As Head of Design you are responsible for:

  • Keeping the organizational goals and user needs at the center of design decisions
  • Facilitating work on the UX of multiple products on the levels of research, concept interaction design and UI design
  • Representing the UX team in meetings and decisions making processes
  • Facilitating growth and learning for the UX team
  • Developing processes for distributing, sharing and communicating tasks in the team and between the UX team and other teams like engineering and community communication
  • Advocating User Centered Design
  • Owning and driving the design process by independently defining requirements, scoping projects and prioritizing tasks

What we offer

  • You can attend local user groups during work time and you are encouraged to do so
  • You will have a noticeable impact on one of the top four visited websites in the world
  • We regularly go to conferences, both as attendees and participants

All software we develop is Open Source, and we contribute back to various projects we use. Many of our components are published in a format that allows reuse outside of our own projects.

In addition to your salary we offer:

  • Public transport allowance
  • Access to complementary pension benefits
  • Continued salary in the event of ill children
  • Free coffee, tea, soft drinks and organic fruits

Initial appointment is for 2 years.

Apply now

Send us your detailed application documents via our job portal. Our personnel team will be happy to answer your questions. We kindly ask you to refrain from application photos and information on date of birth, marital status and parents. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wikimedia Deutschland commits itself to the principles of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, nationality, religion, political or other opinion, sex, age, disability or sexual identity or orientation.

In light of an underrepresentation of women in our Software Development Department we strongly encourage qualified women to apply.