Software Engineer (Contractor)

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Website Wikimedia Foundation


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Software Engineer to join our team, reporting to the Engineering Manager, Language team. As a Software Engineer, you will be responsible for building and maintaining our localisation infrastructure and translation tools. In this role, you will be working as a full-stack developer in a distributed product team and writing open-source, peer-reviewed code. Your work will both help developers to write multilingual software as well as support translation and creation of multilingual content.

You are responsible for:

Developing software in sprints following the team’s development plans and participating in code reviews
Maintaining the quality of the software by refactoring and ensuring sufficient test coverage and documentation
Monitoring the behavior of the code in production and address production issues
Supporting our software translation process to ensure reliable and timely integration of translation updates
Skills and Experience:

Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to be able to work in a fully remote, distributed team across various time zones
Good command of PHP and JavaScript in order to comfortably develop web applications using these programming languages
Ability to perform tasks that require use of command line interfaces
Developing with a version control system
BS or MS degree, preferably in Computer Science or Linguistics, or equivalent work experience
Experience doing code reviews and using code review software is a plus
Familiarity with JavaScript frameworks like Vue is a plus
Qualities that are important to us:

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness
Collaborative working experience
Additionally, we’d love it if you have:

Experience working on open source projects
Passion for free knowledge and open source
Fluency in multiple natural languages
Special interest in a software development area, such as performance, security, internationalization or usability.
System administration experience
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.