Location: San Francisco, CA or Remote

Hours: 10-15 hrs/week

Duration: 4-6 weeks


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Contract Front End Designer for a short project to make usability improvements to our grantmaking platforms. Grants are the main gateway to support innovative ideas and programmatic work at the local level. While we spend a lot of efforts engaging emerging communities, the underlying technology on different grants platforms is not inclusive of ways to navigate the web in emerging economies.

We’re looking for someone who is comfortable in both a design and a technical role (mostly front-end). The Front End Designer will work with the Community Resources team to improve the functionality of two grant incubator platforms, IdeaLab and Inspire Campaign pages.

We’d like you to do these things:   

  • Implementing a mobile-friendly design, that makes the content readable on mobile
  • Creating an accessible archiving system
  • Curate and archive content
  • Implementing a consistent navigation that connects both pages

We’d like you to have these skills:

  • Experienced in web design (HTML + CSS), mobile-first and responsive design.
  • Experience in mediawiki mark-up, especially for creating Wikimedia design templates and pages that can be translated. (Read more about wiki templates here.)
  • Skills in designing gadgets and scripts on wiki (e.g., LUA, JSON, Javascript)
  • Interest in designing web content curation systems and user flow.
  • Strong track record of positive and friendly communication with diverse cultural and language communities.
  • Proven ability to adhere to deadlines and to seek out learning & support for collaborative projects.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

*Application instructions: Please include a portfolio mobile projects or mobile-responsive portals, particularly on Mediawiki software

The Wikimedia Foundation is…

…the nonprofit organization that supports 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, free of interference. We host 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 financial support 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.

The Wikimedia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.