[Wikimedia-l] The one-employee secretariat model

Balázs Viczián balazs.viczian at wikimedia.hu
Thu May 2 07:44:43 UTC 2013

I've discussed this issue in my state of the movement presentation [1]
summing up our experiences so far.


[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:State_of_WMHU.pdf

2013.05.02. 0:36, "Tomasz Ganicz" <polimerek at gmail.com> ezt írta:
> 2013/5/1 Florence Devouard <anthere9 at yahoo.com>:
> >
> > True. Not all associations are looking for such support and indeed, the
> > association needs to show a decent amount of activity to make it worth
> >
> > Note that in many cases, the secretary hired for such positions is NOT a
> > student, but rather an experienced person willing and able to do
> > multitasking stuff in an autonomous manner and rather looking for a
> > long-term position. This balances the fact the volunteers come and go
> > that the board term is often for a limited time (2 or 3 terms maximum).
> > secretary provides an unvaluable element of stability.
> In our case (Wikimedia Polska) we were very careful with hiring. The
> idea appeared around 2009, but there was no money for both having an
> office and paid secretary at that time and it was decided that it
> hardly make sense to have empty office or paid secretary working at
> home. Next year we had enough money for both. Before hiring we had
> made of list of duties and a list of skills needed for doing this
> duties. Our first secretary was hired only for a year contract and for
> part time (3 days a week  4 hours of work in the office + some duties
> outside the office). Our first secretary was mainly working as a
> attorney's assistant and work for us was just her extra job. She left
> us after a year, as demanded by her attorney boss. Then we hired the
> next person - with some modified list of duties and skills needed -
> for 4  days of week, still 4 hours of work in an office). Finally -
> just in the middle of last year we decided to employ the secretary for
> full time. It was decided due to gradual increase of our activity
> which need more paper work.
> --
> Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz
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