Wikimedia Deutschland is hiring for Senior EU Public Policy Specialist (m/f/d)

Wikimedia is a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. Through various projects, chapters, and the support structure of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia strives to bring about a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

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As an EU Public Policy Specialist with Wikimedia Europe’s public policy team, you will be responsible for increasing the movement’s ability to influence public policy debates to promote free knowledge in the European context.

In this role, you will be reporting to the EU Policy Director and expanding the Wikimedia movement’s policy network and relationships, engage in public policy processes, and monitor current developments in the EU and other European countries to advance people’s ability to participate in knowledge online. In addition, you will function as a liaison with international peers, such as the Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Advocacy team.

Your responsibilities:

  • Lead efforts to shape public policy for the internet in the EU that promotes free knowledge.
  • Help expand the Wikimedia movement’s network and relationships with lawmakers, governments, civil society, industry, and other relevant stakeholders engaged in public policy in Europe
  • Influence and shape legislative, regulatory, and other discussions on key issues in key jurisdictions in Europe and around the world
  • Monitor and analyse public policy developments and proposed laws that affect freedom of expression, privacy, and participation in knowledge, with a focus on intermediary liability laws
  • With other members of the team, develop and refine policy positions and EU advocacy strategy
  • Educate the public in Europe about how different policy issues affect people’s access to free knowledge and Wikimedia projects specifically
  • Present the Wikimedia movement’s policy initiatives to lawmakers and regulators or other stakeholders; brief and educate key Wikimedia constituencies
  • Support Wikimedia affiliates and communities in their advocacy work on critical public policy issues and educational campaigns
  • Liaise with and inform international peers such as the Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Advocacy team around advocacy activities and public policy developments in Europe
  • Support the movement’s presence in Brussels, including through organisation and participation in events and convenings focused on internet policy issues

About you:

  • Graduate degree in law, public policy or related fields and excellent academic credentials.(Equivalent experience will be considered)
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience working in public institutions, civil society, advocacy groups, think tanks, or industry
  • Deep understanding of topics such as intermediary liability, intellectual property, privacy, and other internet law issues and their context in the EU is an advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate in additional official EU languages is an advantage
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed, and to work or travel on weekends when necessary, including to meet volunteers and to events
  • Experience working with a remote team and distributed organisations.
  • Ability to engage stakeholders and audiences
  • Some familiarity with Wikipedia and the Wikimedia movement