Wikimedia Foundation Board noticeboard/October 2020 - Board candidate evaluation form

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The Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees requests community feedback about the proposed Board candidate evaluation form (also referred to as a "rubric"), posted below. Please share your comments on the Discussion page. For more details, check Call for feedback about Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubric.

This evaluation form is a tool to show and help evaluate the relevant effective candidates for the Board. The evaluation form is still a draft, and the Board wants to hear what you think is missing, overrepresented, underrepresented, confusing, or could otherwise be improved. The goals of the evaluation form are to aid the Board in evaluating potential Trustees and to clearly and openly communicate how the Board is evaluating candidates.

Trustee Evaluation Form
Years of Experience
<1 1–2 2–5 5–10 10+
Wikimedia experience.

The candidate is a dedicated contributor to the Wikimedia movement. Eligible contributions include: contributions to the Wikimedia projects, membership in a Wikimedia organization or affiliate, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization.

Board experience.

The candidate has served on the board of trustees/directors or other similar governing body of a nationally- or globally-focused organization (non-profit, for-profit, or governmental).

Executive experience.

The candidate has worked at an executive level for an organization, department, or project of comparable (or greater) size, complexity, and scope to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Subject matter expertise.

The candidate has worked or significantly volunteered in an area relevant to the work of the Foundation and the Board. Such areas will be determined on an annual basis and may include areas such as Global movement building and community organization, enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development, public policy and the law, knowledge sector (e.g., academia/GLAM/education), human rights and social justice, open Internet/free and open source software, organizational strategy and management, finance and financial oversight, non-profit fundraising, human resources, board governance.

Diversity: Background

The candidate belongs or belonged to a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (related to, for example, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ identity, social class, economic status, or caste).

Diversity: Geography

The candidate would contribute to the overall geographic diversity of the Board of Trustees, based on the geographic regions where they have lived.

Diversity: Language

The candidate is a native speaker of a language other than English.

Diversity: Political system experience

The candidate has substantial experience living in and/or working to share knowledge in a non-democratic, state-censoring, or repressive context.


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