Thank you for writing in your personal capacity so the other things need
not have any consideration. Thank you for a profile that reads American.
Thank you for continuing with the sniping at the WMF. What is your point or
is that personal? How do you help things move in the right direction? In my
opinion you show a lack of good faith, personally speaking, and why would
that not be seen as impacting your professional/other capacity?
But that is me personally.
On 11 February 2016 at 09:05, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I've been stewing for awhile to sort out my thoughts about the search for a
> new department lead for CE. Since I might be busy on Friday, and the choice
> of the new department is likely a topic of broad public interest, I'll
> share some thoughts here:
> 1. This is a highly public community facing role. Whoever gets the job
> should be comfortable with transparency by default, and with the need to
> maintain privacy about some situations.
> 2. The department lead needs to be someone who can get up to speed with our
> incredibly complex community *quickly*. For this reason, I would strongly
> suggest considering an internal hire.
> 3. This can be is a highly political and emotional role.
> 4. Whoever gets the job should have demonstrated good management skills in
> a public-facing role and with development and supervision of a comparable
> budget, including supervision of grants budgets and staff, and preferably
> staff with comparable roles to Technical Collaboration and Support &
> 5. Familiarity with the many legal aspects of the department would be
> helpful, such as with contracts, online safe environments, and employment
> 6. The leader should be comfortable with processes and software tools of
> similar kind and complexity to the tools that are used by WMF CE, such as
> OTRS, Phabricator, and the various kinds of financial and performance
> analysis software and tools that are used by the department.
> 7. Familiarity with hiring and supervision of international and remote
> staff would be valuable.
> 8. Language proficiency is of great value in this role. I would suggest
> that the leader should have EN-5 or native proficiency in English, and at
> least basic conversational proficiency in one additional language that is
> commonly used in the Wikimedia movement.
> 9. Experience with managing community-facing technology projects would be
> 10. Experience with conducting business in environments outside of the US
> and Canada world would be valuable, including management of international
> contracts and maintenance of relationships with international business
> I feel the need to mention an additional issue which I think should be
> addressed and could negatively impact recruiting for this position, which
> is the current situation with the governance of the WMF. The amount of
> staff turnover and the results of the staff survey are likely to have
> negative impacts on recruiting among candidates who are well qualified for
> this position and are looking for a job in which they can be successful.
> Also, I feel that the opacity, decisions, and errors of the WMF Board in
> the past few months cast a long shadow over the senior director of
> community. Finally, the continued reports that I am hearing about the
> relationship between the WMF ED and the WMF staff are also significant
> causes of concern. I would suggest that before looking for external
> candidates who are likely to do due diligence on WMF before accepting this
> position, that WMF should remedy some of these matters of concern. I have
> faith in Maggie to be a good temporary lead for the department while the
> governance situation is addressed.
> Writing in my personal capacity only,
> On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 7:15 PM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
> > Hello, all.
> > As some of you know, Community Engagement had a small realignment last
> > quarter. Now that it’s further along, we thought it was a good time to
> > formally share. :)
> > So, welcome to the reformed Community Engagement!
> > What’s the major change?
> > We've restructured Community Engagement, to four primary groups:
> > -
> > Program Capacity and Learning (integrating Learning & Evaluation,
> > Education, and Library), under Rosemary Rein, tasked with supporting
> > community partnerships, programs and learning.
> > -
> > Resources, under Siko Bouterse, tasked with supporting community-led
> > impact through grants and other resources.
> > -
> > Support & Safety (formerly known as Community Advocacy), under me
> > (Maggie Dennis), tasked with helping improve trust, safety and
> > collegiality
> > within our projects as well as facilitating communication and
> > understanding
> > broadly between the WMF and contributors,
> > -
> > Technical Collaboration (grouping Community Liaisons and Developer
> > Relations), under Quim Gil, tasked with improving collaboration
> > software development teams, Wikimedia contributors, readers, and
> > volunteer
> > developers.
> > Four people within Community Engagement have changed which teams they
> > report to: Floor and Jake (to Program, Capacity, and Learning), Haitham
> > Support and Safety), and Sati (to Resources). This will more closely
> > their leadership and reporting structure with the work they’re doing.
> > Rachel will also be stepping back from leadership of the Liaisons team
> > supporting Quim in annual plan and strategic work.
> > Why did we do this?
> > For most people outside of the department, this will have very little
> > impact on your day-to-day relationships with Community Engagement, but
> > we’re hoping for major impact within our department! The main goal of the
> > reorganization was more responsive leadership, decision making and
> > lines of communication within, into and out of the department, with a
> > strong secondary goal of giving the affected teams more flexibility and
> > clarity around their missions, so that they can adapt better to our
> > evolving work. When we began this transformation last quarter, we
> > that it would mean most teams (and especially the affected leaders) would
> > be more engaged, receive more day-to-day mentorship, and that they'd be
> > able to work more constructively with peers to better craft shared goals
> > and projects. At the same time we hoped that the team executive would be
> > able to put more into handling upcoming planning efforts like the
> > and annual plans. While we are still fine-tuning, this seems to be
> > out, and we hope that it will continue.
> > Our ultimate goal, of course, is to figure out the best ways to serve our
> > communities and our movement through better internal and external
> > collaboration and through well-defined roles, responsibilities and
> > processes that are clear and work well for everyone. While this is one
> > towards that goal, we are working on others through the strategic process
> > and the upcoming Annual Plan and through other conversations with you.
> > We are hosting an office hour on IRC on Friday February 12th at 1900 UTC
> > talk over the reorganization and also to discuss the qualities we should
> > looking for in a new department lead. (As announced earlier today, I
> > will be filling in during the search.) I hope you will be able to join
> > If not, we will of course publish the logs and will also be putting
> > together a brief FAQ to publish on Meta of emerging questions we may
> > receive about the department. If you have questions you’d like addressed
> > there, please feel free to ask. :)
> > Best,
> > Maggie
> >  For more on office hours and for local time conversions, please see
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours
> > --
> > Maggie Dennis
> > Director, Support and Safety
> > Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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