Please login/register to apply for this job.
2 Jul 2021

Full-Time Enterprise Risk Management Principal

Wikimedia Foundation – Posted by Wikimedia Foundation Anywhere

Job Description


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for an Enterprise Risk Management principal to join our team. The position reports to the Chief Financial Officer. The ERM Principal will facilitate the next stage of development of our new ERM program, expand and integrate the usage of our GRC tool to create a holistic ERM program with the leadership of the organization.

This position will evolve our capabilities related to identifying and managing the risks we face, and increase awareness across all Wikimedia Foundation teams regarding the importance, role and components of effective risk management. This role will facilitate scenario planning and collaborate with leadership to develop and prepare us for a state of ‘readiness’ for our top risks and opportunities at the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF).  This position will require a combination  of technical and programmatic expertise, and the ability to work with subject matter experts to jointly develop and present risk mitigation strategies.

This is a highly visible role providing the opportunity to work with key stakeholders across the organization. This position is not a people manager. This position will require curiosity, experienced risk training and education as well as excellent communication to create and develop risk champions within each of our impact and functional areas. This role must exhibit continuous learning, and the curiosity to consistently delve into the unique and standard risk within our technical, business and community impacts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the day-to-day execution of Enterprise Risk Management planning and activities
  • Develop and update ERM tools and resources to support risk assessment, risk management and risk reporting, such as: surveys, workshop agendas, exercises, worksheets, training materials, risk reports, and other narratives and visuals that explain our process and approach
  • Serve as WMF’s in-house subject matter expert on Enterprise Risk Management
  • Provide hands-on SME guidance and support to help colleagues and teams identify, ‘unpack,’ and take action to reduce the likelihood and/or potential downside consequences of future risk events
  • Implement risk assessment threat modeling exercises, identifying the proper controls are being maintained and the control activities are being effective in reducing inherent risk.
  • Champion awareness and understanding of the key concepts in Enterprise Risk Management, such as key risk indicators, risk appetite, and risk-aware decision-making, and help leaders and teams apply these concepts in their day-to-day work
  • Experience with focused risk and gap assessments to support identification, documentation  and tracking of impact area risks including technology, reputation, operational and strategic risks.
  • Prepare and deliver high quality executive level risk management reports to senior management, management and board level committees.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum of ten(10) years working in a responsible role in a risk management function or department, or in a role with leadership responsibility for risk management or ERM
  • Possess a curious mind, take initiative, be accountable, maintain integrity, maintain credibility, develop and collaborate well with others as a team.
  • Demonstrated experience in risk management or ERM
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with functional area leadership in threat modeling and contingency planning exercises and follow through
  • Technical capabilities and understanding to manage and work with SME’s in technical threat modeling.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing GRC tools and platforms
  • Project management/leadership and facilitation experience
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, including preparing presentations
  • Strong time management skills and demonstrated experience completing projects from the conceptual to execution stage
  • Strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Team player who believes in generously sharing and soliciting information with others.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly and independently.
  • Strong decision-making, follow-up, follow-through, priority setting, and negotiating skills are required.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced, dynamic and changing environment while providing top level attention to detail, and ensuring work is complete.

Qualities that are important to us: 

  • You have a track record of increasing your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of risks facing complex nonprofit organizations
  • You enjoy collaborating with a range of stakeholders, and you value knowledge sharing, inquiry, diverging viewpoints while building relationships and a program
  • You can communicate complex technical concepts in simple ways, tailored to each audience, to ensure everyone can engage, contribute and successfully adopt the practice.
  • You understand the value of diversity and inclusion and integrate this value to create representative products and programs. .
  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and are able to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.
  • You thrive in a results oriented culture that favors collaborative decision making.
  • You create the psychological safety necessary in unpacking and planning for risk
  • You are a proactive problem solver and a self-starting individual.
  • You are a flexible and creative individual capable of managing multiple priorities and projects in a diverse environment.
  • You believe in the mission of the Foundation and are excited to contribute to our mission.

The Wikimedia Foundation is… 

…the nonprofit organization that hosts and operates 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.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at or (415) 839-6885.

U.S. Benefits & Perks*

  • Fully paid medical, dental and vision coverage for employees and their eligible families (yes, fully paid premiums!)
  • The Wellness Program provides reimbursement for mind, body and soul activities such as fitness memberships, baby sitting, continuing education and much more
  • The 401(k) retirement plan offers matched contributions at 4% of annual salary
  • Flexible and generous time off – vacation, sick and volunteer days, plus 22 paid holidays – including the last week of the year.
  • Family friendly! 100% paid new parent leave for seven weeks plus an additional five weeks for pregnancy, flexible options to phase back in after leave, fully equipped lactation room.
  • For those emergency moments – long and short term disability, life insurance (2x salary) and an employee assistance program
  • Pre-tax savings plans for health care, child care, elder care, public transportation and parking expenses
  • Telecommuting and flexible work schedules available
  • Appropriate fuel for thinking and coding (aka, a pantry full of treats) and monthly massages to help staff relax
  • Paid travel to Wikimedia Foundation events all around the world!
  • Equipment including a laptop, monitor, plus a one-time stipend to cover any additional needs to make sure you have the best work experience
  • Great colleagues – diverse staff and contractors speaking dozens of languages from around the world, fantastic intellectual discourse, mission-driven and intensely passionate people

*Please note that for remote roles located outside of the U.S., we defer to our PEO to ensure alignment with local labor laws.

How to Apply

Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 22 days.

241 total views, 3 today

Apply for this Job