[Wikimedia-l] Info: Recruitment process for Secretary General of the Wikimedia Chapters Association

John Vandenberg jayvdb at gmail.com
Thu Oct 11 23:29:23 UTC 2012

On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 4:50 AM, Fae <fae at wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:
> On 11 October 2012 22:10, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The consultant has apparently been chosen already based on a recommendation
>> from Pavel. What other consultants were considered? What was the process?
>> Did you get competing quotes?
> No, I did not get competing quotes.

On the meta talk page, Tomer says he had two offers.

> I have had agencies and consultants approaching me ...

Seriously?  HR firms noticed the page on meta and cold called you?  Wow.

> .. but Pavel's recommendation was solid.
> Unfortunately Ziko was unavailable on the day for the interview.
> Considering that Stefan comes with a great recommendation and
> experience of doing very similar work, this seemed a low risk
> decision. I have never worked with Stefan before and have no conflict
> of loyalties in this regard, I am merely going for a low risk
> pragmatic decision to ensure tangible progress on our first and most
> important goal for this year - getting a Secretary General
> established.

The resolution of the WCA is clear that the _first_ important goal is
to incorporate.  By 15 August 2012.  It is a difficult decision, but
it is not simplified by WCA's volunteer time being diverted to

> If the Council wishes to pause progress and consider a more detailed
> recruitment process with a number of bids against an open
> specification, I can ask Stefan to stop or terminate at any time and
> WMDE will cover those costs.

Has Stefan already started?

John Vandenberg

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