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[OT: Job] Job Opening for Programme Director (Access to Knowledge) with the Centre for Internet and Society

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    Hello ILUG Hyderabad members, The Centre for Internet & Society (CIS) is seeking applications for the post of Programme Director (Access to Knowledge) for its
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 12, 2012
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      Hello ILUG Hyderabad members,

      The Centre for Internet & Society
      (CIS) is seeking applications for the post of Programme Director (Access
      to Knowledge) for its New Delhi office. The Access to Knowledge
      Programme Director would report to the Executive Director, Centre for
      Internet & Society, Bangalore.


      The Programme
      Director will manage CIS's Access to Knowledge programme which is funded
      by the Wikimedia Foundation, to support the growth of Wikipedia and its
      sister projects and to advance access to free knowledge in India. The
      Programme Director will partner with the large Wikimedia community in
      India to focus on Indic and English languages and will manage a team of
      four staff members.


      * Support the growth of Indic
      language communities and projects by designing community collaborations
      and partnerships that recruit and cultivate new editors, tackle
      technical challenges and explore innovative approaches to building the
      projects, e.g., donations of state encyclopedias, education
      partnerships, galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM)
      institution partnerships.
      * Support India-focused initiatives to
      improve the quality of India-relevant content on English Wikimedia
      projects such as, university outreach, GLAM institution partnerships,
      India-relevant thematic contribution campaigns, etc.
      * Support
      expanded access to free knowledge across India by developing
      technology-based solutions like Wikipedia (mobile) and Wikipedia
      * Help the Indian community share experiences and tell its
      story to the wider Indian and global communities through traditional and
      social media.
      * Generate and document lessons from programme
      activities that can inform the work of Indian communities and similar
      programmes in other countries.
      * Manage the team and grant resources
      effectively; manage the programme in an open and transparent fashion
      with ongoing communications and reporting to the Wikimedia community and
      the Wikimedia Foundation.
      * Serve as a spokesperson for the Access to
      Knowledge programme and build ties with the Wikimedia India chapter and
      other free knowledge communities and movements in India such as
      Free/Open Source Software, Open Access, Open Data, Open Educational
      Resources, Indic-computing, etc.

      * High level of commitment: The
      Programme Director should be strongly committed to CIS and Wikimedia
      movement missions and objectives of the programme and deeply believe in
      the values of CIS and Wikimedia projects in the Indian context, exude
      enthusiasm for the mission and can powerfully embody and communicate the
      * Intellectual curiosity and flexibility: Must enjoy tackling
      difficult, ambiguous problems and able to incorporate new knowledge into
      how one approaches situations and generates solutions, loves learning
      from others while expanding intellectual horizons.
      * Open and
      transparent: Have a high level of integrity and be comfortable working
      in a highly transparent fashion, open to input and feedback, a proactive
      and candid communicator who wants people to know what she/he is doing
      and isn't afraid to bring others in when things are off-track or when
      you need help and able to handle criticism in a mature fashion.
      Community builder: It is essential that the leader sees himself as a
      partner to and supporter of the Wikipedians who have and will continue
      to be the leaders in building the Wikimedia projects. The Programme
      Director must be willing and able to work with a diverse array of
      people, many of whom come from non-traditional backgrounds and have a
      fervent commitment to Wikipedia's community-led nature.
      * Strong
      cultural competency: Able to navigate in a global movement and on a
      global team in addition to navigating the complexity of India.
      Proficient manager: Able to design and execute on a range of
      initiatives; organize and manage a team of people and responsible in use
      of resources (financial and human).
      * Data-driven: Should be well
      versed about the Indic and English projects, subject his/her own
      approaches and activities as well as those of the team to rigorous
      analysis and willing to stop doing things that prove to be ineffective
      based on the data.
      * Partnership developer: Able to initiate,
      negotiate and operate partnerships that advance the Wikimedia mission in
      Indic languages and English (as relevant to India) with a wide range of
      institutions across the public, NGO, philanthropic and private sector.

      * Willing to travel: The Programme Director must regularly travel
      within India to engage with Wikimedia communities and conduct outreach
      activities. Periodic global travel would be 4 trips per year.
      Willing to flex schedule to operate within a global team: Must be
      available for a limited number of conference calls or email exchange
      some evenings on a weekly basis.


      * At least
      seven years of professional experience with a strong track record of
      success in high performance organizations.
      * Experience as a manager
      in a collaborative community (ideally online) or organizational
      * Strong academic results from highly-regarded university.

      * Strong understanding of the Internet and the forces that underpin the
      success of Wikipedia.
      * Active participation as a Wikimedia volunteer
      would be an asset, though not a prerequisite (must be prepared to
      demonstrate knowledge of how Wikipedia works in interviews).
      Demonstrated experience working in a global, multi-cultural team
      * Strong writer in Indic languages and English and must
      be fluent in at least one Indic language and English.
      * Women are
      strongly encouraged to apply.

      REMUNERATION: Commensurate with
      experience and aligned with senior compensation at CIS.

      To apply,
      please send your resume to Sunil Abraham (sunil@... [1]) or
      Pranesh Prakash (pranesh@... [2]) with three references.

      is also seeking applications for the following positions:

      Officer (Internet Governance) [3]

      Programme Officer (Access to
      Knowledge and Openness) [4]

      Research Manager [5]

      We hope to hear
      from you!


      [2] mailto:pranesh@...

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