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Senior Frontend Engineer, Abstract Wikipedia

Closing: Apr 8, 2024

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Published: Mar 26, 2024 (25 days ago)

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  • The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Senior Frontend Engineer to participate in our work on Abstract Wikipedia, a project that aims to improve knowledge equity by enabling more people to share more knowledge in more languages.
  • We’re committed to making knowledge available to everyone globally. This is an opportunity to do good while building a system to support new technology at the intersection of collaborative systems, natural language generation, and computational linguistics.
  • Our geographically-distributed team is writing the code to build Wikifunctions, a new technology to enable a collaboratively edited catalog of computer functions that will power Abstract Wikipedia. Working in the open alongside our community is the norm.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation values diversity and recognizes that employees from a broad range of perspectives are essential to creating a knowledge source that benefits everyone. We are committed to inclusion, diversifying tech, and advocating for diversity in our employees, their experiences, and the people we serve.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries (e.g., Vue.js, React).
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in software development.
  • An interest in and ability to work with a distributed team (which requires good asynchronous written communication skills and good verbal communication skills in English).
  • Ability to interact effectively and develop productive working relationships with management, peers, and communities, including non-technical staff.
  • Must be comfortable with evolving requirements and priorities in a dynamic environment.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Experience with large-scale, global developer ecosystems.
  • Alignment with our mission and values.
  • Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in public and collaboratively.
  • Working together for outcomes and being willing to change course.
  • Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect.

Additionally, we would love it if you have:

  • Experience with the Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons communities, or other collaborative enterprises.
  • Familiarity with MediaWiki.
  • Experience in developing systems using structured content, knowledge graphs, or taxonomies.
  • Experience developing Web-scale deployments in PHP.
  • Experience with open source development methodologies and open source community.
  • An interest in natural language generation and/or computational linguistics.


Responsibilities
  • The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Senior Frontend Engineer to participate in our work on Abstract Wikipedia, a project that aims to improve knowledge equity by enabling more people to share more knowledge in more languages.
  • We’re committed to making knowledge available to everyone globally. This is an opportunity to do good while building a system to support new technology at the intersection of collaborative systems, natural language generation, and computational linguistics.
  • Our geographically-distributed team is writing the code to build Wikifunctions, a new technology to enable a collaboratively edited catalog of computer functions that will power Abstract Wikipedia. Working in the open alongside our community is the norm.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation values diversity and recognizes that employees from a broad range of perspectives are essential to creating a knowledge source that benefits everyone. We are committed to inclusion, diversifying tech, and advocating for diversity in our employees, their experiences, and the people we serve.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Familiarity with modern JavaScript frameworks and libraries (e.g., Vue.js, React).
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of work experience in software development.
  • An interest in and ability to work with a distributed team (which requires good asynchronous written communication skills and good verbal communication skills in English).
  • Ability to interact effectively and develop productive working relationships with management, peers, and communities, including non-technical staff.
  • Must be comfortable with evolving requirements and priorities in a dynamic environment.

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Experience with large-scale, global developer ecosystems.
  • Alignment with our mission and values.
  • Resilience—we work on new and interesting problems in public and collaboratively.
  • Working together for outcomes and being willing to change course.
  • Sharing a culture of constructive criticism and respect.

Additionally, we would love it if you have:

  • Experience with the Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons communities, or other collaborative enterprises.
  • Familiarity with MediaWiki.
  • Experience in developing systems using structured content, knowledge graphs, or taxonomies.
  • Experience developing Web-scale deployments in PHP.
  • Experience with open source development methodologies and open source community.
  • An interest in natural language generation and/or computational linguistics.


  • Designing and building robust and scalable systems, together with a multidisciplinary team, to support knowledge equity.
  • Becoming familiar with a new codebase and how it interacts with a large, mature codebase to drive engineering solutions.
  • Supporting fellow engineers through code reviews, transferring knowledge, collaborating on projects, and writing documentation.


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