Talk:Wikimedia Chapters Association/Secretary-General
I think one of the advantages in the Job description should be a knowledge with the Wikimedia movement. It is not a necessary thing for being a SG, but can be advantage. --Itzike (talk) 08:55, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
- I will let other people express their opinions on this before writing mine. Tomer A. -- Talk 12:31, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
- I agree that knowledge of the Wikimedia movement should be an advantage, and given the history from Haifa to Washington I think it should even be required.--Aschmidt (talk) 18:53, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
- Personally I would say something like "Have a good knowledge of the Wikimedia movement and community, or experience of working in volunteer-driven organisations." We might have a really good candidate who isn't actually a Wikimedian but has lots of relevant experience from (say) working in an international NGO. Obviously the selection process would take Wikimedia experience into account. The Land (talk) 17:43, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
- Is that acceptable by everyone? Tomer A. -- Talk 10:30, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
I am strongly in agreement here. Knowledge and participation in the Wikimedia movement should be a necessity, not just an advantage. If you have to explain all the subtleties and nuances with chapters and the relations around them, it would be counter-productive to what happens with the council. Theo10011 (talk) 15:10, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
Compensation / costs of office
It's perhaps a bit premature, but having a Job description / advert without a line about expected levels of compensation (salary, benefits) and travel / subsistence / costs of office seems odd to me. We all probably agree on what those should look like, but it's important to be clear when hiring people. James F. (talk) 10:01, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
- This is a draft for community comments on the required skills and job description. The job itself will be advertised only after we will know where the offices be hence what is considered a competitive salary on that region. Advertised position will include these employment details. Tomer A. -- Talk 12:30, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
thanks for the description draft. After reading, pretending to be a candidate, I have some quite relevant questions which seem unanswered:
- How many people will have to be managed by this SG? (answer is probably that we don't know yet, so we should include a statement along the lines of 'as determined by the Council')
- Will there be a lot of travel involved (currently it only says willingness, but doesn't give an indication how often)? (should the person be mobile)?
- Is it a part time or full time job?
- Is it a job that can be done from home or do we expect a 9-5 mentality at the office? Does it require and/or compensate relocation?
- What does the hiring procedure look like?
- What is the term that the SG would be hired for?
- As mentioned above, salary indication.
- There are still many unknowns here (that cannot be answered until we know how much funding we will have, and where we will incorporate), but it will be a full time job, that will require presence in an office at least some of the time (ie: not work from home all the time, but 9-5 at the office every day not required either). Craig Franklin (talk) 12:31, 19 June 2012 (UTC).
- That is definitely the case if you have a larger office to run - but at this point it is unclear to me if that would be the case. Will there be multiple employees? Will they be working from the same country even? I mean, if there's no-one else in that office, I don't see the point in requiring someone to go there. Effeietsanders (talk) 11:51, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
The Job Description
This is very broad and could apply to a whole level of abilities. We really need a 'person specification' that describes the sort of experience that the person is likely to have. This would help with the salary level (James F ) and a few other questions. This is the one from my Job:
PERSON SPECIFICATION Experience
• Proven leadership experience at Chief Executive or senior management level
• Experience of working effectively with a team of volunteers
• Experience of working in a charitable or not-for-profit environment
• Successful people management and an ability to lead and work collaboratively in a small team
• Working with Trustees or other non-executives to develop and implement strategic vision
• Experience of managing effectively at a senior level in a multi-disciplinary environment and of developing excellent working relationships with senior influencers across all sectors
VISION AND IMPLEMENTATION EXPERIENCE
• Track record in strong financial management and of achieving sustainable growth
KNOWLEDGE,SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
• Passionate about the aims and values of Wikimedia UK and inspires enthusiasm
• Drive, strength and credibility to lead and grow an organisation from its earliest stages; vision, innovation, strategic thinking
• Exceptional people management skills, with the ability to work with, bring together and inspire volunteers working remotely over geographically dispersed locations
• Ability to prepare effective operational and financial plans, to advise Trustees on these and to lead implementation of plans
• Excellent project management abilities
• The flexibility to work with a range of stakeholders including volunteers, academics and corporate organisations
• Flexible approach, with the capability to operate effectively in a high-growth start-up environment, and identify and manage opportunities and risk
• Gravitas, with a robust approach and the facility to inspire confidence and create trust; persuasion and representational skills at the highest levels to secure funding and influence
• An excellent communicator, with the ability to explain technical terms clearly in public speaking and in speaking to the media
• Logical, clear thinking, diplomatic and patient approach
• Understanding of working with and managing volunteers; the ability to learn quickland integrate within the Wikimedia community
• Ability to work flexible hours and locations as required
• An understanding of the open source community including copyright law and free Licensing
• Data savvy, with experience in a technology start-up
• An understanding of internet technologies, in particular wikis
• An understanding of the culture and policies of Wikimedia communities
• Knowledge of other languages that are spoken in the UK
Feel free to use any of this if it is useful.
Well, with Wikimania 2012 coming closer, I just would like to ask, what is the state of affairs as to selecting the Secretary-General? I gather that the job description still is a draft, and public discussions seem to have come to a close. Could someone please give us an update on the selection process? — Thanks.--Aschmidt (talk) 12:00, 13 June 2012 (UTC)
- As I understand, also this discussion has become pointless. I understand by now that not further specified external recruiters have already been hired. I look forward to a more extensive update from the side of the Committee. Perhaps then the discussion can actually lead to results then. I would appreciate it if at least it could be indicated when a discussion page is considered finalized to avoid that people spend (waste?) time on participating anyway. Effeietsanders (talk) 22:58, 9 July 2012 (UTC)
- It's strange indeed. I assume the intended meaning was something like "who have a similar mindset", but I was puzzled too when I saw it. - Laurentius (talk) 18:16, 19 December 2012 (UTC)