Lead Counsel
Content Compliance & Strategic Litigation
Posted on 9/13/2023
Wikimedia Foundation

501-1,000 employees

Nonprofit charitable organization
Company Overview
The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Public Policy
Legal & Compliance
  • JD from an accredited law school and current membership in good standing with at least one US state bar
  • Experience advising online platforms or media organizations regarding online content
  • Experience leading cross-functional efforts, especially with product or technical teams, to implement legal advice
  • Experience supporting public policy professionals in executing an advocacy strategy, especially on matters relating to online environments, such as content, copyright, platform responsibility, privacy, etc
  • Experience working across borders, on matters in non-U.S. jurisdictions, or for clients outside the U.S., particularly matters relating to European law
  • Ability to identify and implement practical solutions to abstract or complex problems
  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, multitasking environment that demands high-quality work
  • Ability to dedicate to projects, adhere to deadlines, and complete work independently
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Appreciation for and alignment with Wikimedia's mission
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills and ability to work well on a team
  • A desire to learn, stretch, and grow
  • 6+ years practicing law
  • Experience working in-house
  • Prior experience working with or participating in large volunteer communities
  • Experience working on media law-related matters
  • Experience working as product counsel for a technology company
  • Experience with software programming, engineering, or design
  • Ability to speak additional languages besides English
  • Prior work, internship, or volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Provide legal advice and counsel regarding content on the Wikimedia projects, with appropriate attention to both community governance policies and our Applicable Law policy
  • Advise the Foundation on current and forthcoming regulations related to online content
  • Provide related product counseling advice regarding technical features of the Wikimedia platform
  • Help protect and defend content on the Wikimedia projects, and the community governance model
  • Monitor legal developments that may impact the accessibility of Wikimedia content, highlight potential risks, and work with the litigation and access to knowledge teams to plan responses where necessary
  • Support the evolution of the Wikimedia Foundation's bi-annual Transparency Report
  • Recommend and implement changes to report content and metrics tracked, drawing on applicable regulations, industry standards, and feedback from the Wikimedia communities
  • Advise the Foundation on other domestic and international legal and policy questions, which may include privacy, contract, copyright, trademark, or defensive litigation matters
  • Other duties as assigned