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Director of Platform Engineering
Lead and improve the continuous delivery of code to hundreds of millions of end users of the world’s largest non-profit web property, Wikipedia, and Wikimedia’s other projects.
As Release Manager, you’ll enable Wikimedia’s diverse engineering teams (platform, features, mobile, internationalization, etc.) to move code from a developer’s work environment into production usage on one of the largest websites on the internet used by nearly a half-billion people every month quickly and responsibly.
Wikimedia Foundation has shifted its release practices from a slow multi-month cycle to a two-week cycle for core improvements and scheduled deployment windows for smaller changes. We’re doing this in the context of “everything” being open source and open to volunteer contribution.
We have the beginnings of a continuous integration infrastructure, and are evolving it further on the basis of an OpenStack VM cluster (Wikimedia Labs) used to host a clone of our production services for automated integration testing.
You’ll be responsible for
We aspire to a process that’s radically transparent — we want our community to be informed about releases when they happen, and it’s part of your job to ensure that major deployments are accompanied by quality communications.
Local San Francisco, CA candidates are preferred though remote candidates may be considered.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Our commitment: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. According to comScore Media Metrix, Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive more than 482 million unique visitors per month, making them the fifth-most popular web property world-wide (comScore, January 2012). Available in 282 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 21 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©(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 150 staff members. Wikimedia works with local chapter organizations in 39 countries or regions to advance the mission of the Wikimedia movement.
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