[Wikimedia-l] Job offer: Secretary-General for Chapters Association

Markus Glaser markus.glaser at wikimedia.de
Sat Jan 26 15:50:26 UTC 2013

Dear all,

after a long period of discussions and clarifications, we are now 
finally starting our search for a Secretary-General to serve the 
Chapters Association.
Please distribute to following text to as many of your contacts, 
mailing-lists  and networks as possible.

Thank you very much,
kind regards,

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.

The Chapters Association (CA) will be an umbrella organization for 
Wikimedia chapters established in various regions around the world. The 
association represents the common interests of those chapters within the 
Wikimedia movement.

One of its goals is to set, review and enforce standards of 
accountability and participation among its members. The association will 
facilitate the exchange of experiences, ideas, and knowledge between 
chapters and assist them in their organizational development and to 
develop common programs and projects.

To enhance external communication, coordinate the Wikimedia movement and 
represent its chapters on official occasions, CA is looking for an 
experienced and motivated person to become the full-time

Secretary-General (f/m)

of the Chapters Association.
CA is incorporated in Geneva, however depending on your place of 
residence a relocation might not be necessary.

      Job description

The Secretary-General is to be head of the CA?s Secretariat as defined 
by the CA?s charter. The Secretariat performs the executive powers of 
the Association. The Secretary-General will be elected by the Council. 
The other Members of the Secretariat are appointed by the 
Secretary-General, with the consent of the Council. The Secretariat 
reports to the Council on the Association's activities and has the right 
to submit proposals for Council resolutions.

She/He will be responsible for:

  * Defining the organizational structure, publishing job offers and
    hiring the officers of the secretariat;
  * Building the strategic plan for the association;
  * Assuring the financial stability of the organization;
  * Coordinating between all association members;
  * Building annual program plans to achieve the CA mission;
  * Handling all formal administrative tasks including finance,
    communications, legal and technical;
  * and preparing the assemblies of the CA council.

      Desired personal traits

  * Leader -- the selected Secretary-General will have to build the
    organization from its earliest stages according to the outlines set
    by the CA council.
  * Administrator -- some of the tasks of the Secretary-General would be
    of administrative nature. She/He would have to write detailed
    program plans, review by-laws, financial reports, program plans and
    program reports of other organizations.
  * Excellent communication skills -- one of the the Secretary-General's
    primary tasks would be to communicate with member chapters. Those
    chapters are dispersed in different regions of the worlds
    representing various cultural habits. The selected Secretary-General
    would have to be multi-culturally-minded to work effectively with
    these partners.
  * Willing and able to travel world-wide.
  * Proven experience with building and managing a large diverse
  * Comfortable working with people at all levels of the organization,
    including community members and volunteers.
  * Experience in other like-minded/ international/ volunteer-driven/
    non-profit/ peer-review-driven organizations would be considered as
    an advantage.

  * The ideal candidate will be hard-working, creative,
    highly-motivated, and able to operate and effectively manage
    multiple cultural contexts, time-zones and expectations
  * Incredible diplomatic problem-solving skills in an international
    environment as well as the ability to deal comfortably and
    efficiently with ambiguity and an ever changing environment

  * Must be fluent in English; skill in other languages would be
    considered as an advantage.

Great to have

  * University degree
  * Experience within the Wikimedia movement. However, according to CA?s
    charter a Member of the Secretariat cannot be a Council Member or
    hold a position in a Chapter or in the Wikimedia Foundation.
  * Love working with a highly collaborative, consensus oriented environment

Competitive salary package. Please send your cover letter, full CV, 
salary expectations and at least two references in one .pdf file to: 
chaptersassociation at wikimedia.ch <mailto:chaptersassociation at wikimedia.ch>
In case of any questions, please also use email and the address given above.
Publication date: 26.01.2013 - Application deadline: 15.02.2013

Seat and postal address: Wikimedia Switzerland, 8008 Zurich
Office: Wikimedia CH, Escaliers du Marché 2, CH-1003 Lausanne
Web: www.wikimedia.ch

Markus Glaser
WCA Council Member (WMDE)
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.

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