Thank you for sharing this information. Can you elaborate on how the
conflict of interest of hiring a current board member was managed?
You say Ilario wasn't involved in the hiring process, but appropriately
managing such a conflict is more difficult than that. Did Ilario recuse
from all discussions and decisions about the job from the early planning
stages (ie. well before the job was advertised)? Did you seek professional
advise on how to manage the conflict?
In the UK, I think it is normal for a trustee to resign at least before
they apply for the job, ideally sooner.
On 9 Apr 2013 18:08, "Charles Andrès" <charles.andres.wmch(a)gmail.com>
We have the pleasure to announce the hiring of 2 new employees and one
long-term contractor in 2013. On the other hand, Chantal Ebongué, our Chief
Administrative Officer, will leave her job at the end of July.
The three hiring are:
- Manuel Schneider, as Chief Information Officer and Event Manager, who
has started on 1st January 2013 (so this announcement is long overdue !)
- Muriel Staub, as German-speaking Community manager, who will start on
1st May 2013
- Ilario Valdelli, Italian-speaking Community and GLAM manager, who will
start on 1st may 2013.
Muriel Staub will be our new German-speaking Community manager a 50%
position. Muriel is preparing a Master in Management, Organization Studies
and Cultural Theory at the University of Sankt Gallen. The subject of her
Master Thesis is "How does the use of Wikipedia affect the production and
sourcing of knowledge at Swiss Universities". She has a strong experience
as community manager for Apple, as well as having managed academic events
as a personal assistant of the Chancellor and Vice President of the
Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.
Ilario Valdelli is hired as our Italian-speaking Community and GLAM
manager, also a 50% position. Ilario has a Master in Arts and worked for
many years in the IT field. He is a well-known member of the Wikimedia
community; he is founding member of Wikimedia CH as well as a current Board
member (he was of course not involved in the hiring process, and will not
remain on the board when his new job starts). He knows very well the
Ticinese community and has already developed strong partnerships with GLAMs
in this area.
The Community managers will work actively with the German or
Italian-speaking community to support them in accomplishing projects and
get in touch with Wikimedia entities and officials. They help the community
by gathering requests and ideas, communicating them to all relevant parties
and translating information wherever needed. This includes support to bring
formal requests and motions to WMCH by helping to prepare them, translate
them and present them to the Board. It's their responsibility to make sure
the community voices are heard inside the association and that activities
and communications of Wikimedia movement entities are also replicated into
the communities. As a GLAM Manager, Ilario will continue to contact GLAMs
in Ticino and create various partnerships aiming to develop GLAM
collaborations in Switzerland.
Manuel Schneider, another well-known member of the community, has been
hired in January 2013 as a long-term part-time contractor to support
Wikimedia CH with its technical infrastructure, help with technical
questions in our projects and manage events. Manuel has been a Wikipedian
since 2004. A co-founder of Wikimedia CH, he has technically supported both
our chapter and the wider community for many years, helping in particular
to organize several Wikimanias. Currently, Manuel has a lot to do working
on our internal infrastructure (servers, backups, donation process, etc),
but he should soon be able to spend more time supporting our actual
projects, something that will benefit the wider community.
Chantal Ebongué is WMCH’s CAO since July 2012. She was hired as our first
employee to make the step for professionalization and gave a more solid
administrative basis to our association. Thanks to her, after almost one
year, the results are positive : WMCH has 4 staff members, an office in
Lausanne, the 2012-2013 fundraiser was a success, new projects have started
or are in the, and reporting and communication have been improved even if
it’s not perfect yet.
Chantal decided to resign from her position on July 31 2013, after having
completed the transition phase. The success of Chantal's work can be seen
by the increasing number of appeals we receive from cultural or education
institution; the dark side of the success is that she has no time left for
her for doing actual work on cultural or educational content, which was her
initial motivation when joining WM CH. She will move to a new job where she
will be able to create original work.
Chantal will support us in the hiring strategy for the next step and we
wish her the best for the future.
As an important lesson, we are more than ever convinced that the
professionalization of a chapter must go by leaps and bounds, and should
involve several hirings at the same time. It is impossible for a single
employee to handle the management of projects and the administrative
overheads, especially during the setup phase. We also believe that we need
a good balance between members of the community and "external" people: it
is likely a good thing to have administrative staff who is not from the
community, but he/she needs to be able to rely on a day-to-day basis on
someone who knows the community, something impossible to achieve when
hiring only one person at a time.
As such, while the limitation of growth for established chapters is
certainly a good thing, chapters that hires their first employees should be
allowed to increase their budget drastically at once (with appropriate
oversignt, of course).
Charles ANDRES, Chairman
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