Yes, Katy is stepping into the role in a permanent, full-time basis.
Determining HR direction is not my role. :) Stating how the Board feels
about open hiring is also not my place (and I don't know). But I am happy
to share my own opinion.
While some roles will and should be filled in an open, public search, some
roles may be appropriately filled by promoting existing staff with a proven
track record. The costs of hiring are not small, both in the amount of time
it takes to recruit and fill a position and the amount of time it takes to
onboard a new person. The leadership of our resources team needs to be
filled quickly. Stability is important in the work they do. And we have a
person at hand who has been well trained for the role and successfully
worked with community on this basis for years. She is not being hired, but
promoted - a promotion she has amply earned.
That said, the role Katy had previously filled will be an open new hire,
with opportunities for all to apply. It'll just take a little bit of time
to put the hiring packet together. We are also getting ready to open the
search for the replacement for the leadership of Community Engagement,
which I have taken in the interim - and for which I hope to see many
On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 3:01 AM, Ruslan Takayev <ruslan.taka...@gmail.com>
> Maggie, et al
> Is Katy "stepping into" the role on a full-time, permanent basis?
> I ask this question, as questions I asked relating to the "new, open
> approach" towards recruitment at the WMF are yet to be answered and I
> don't recall there being any advertisements as a call for applications to
> fill Siko's position.
> TBH, this doesn't sound like a "new, open approach" towards recruitment at
> the WMF, but more of the same..."jobs for the boys".
> Comment would be welcome Maggie.
> Warm regards,
> Ruslan Takayev
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 7:02 AM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
> > Hello, all.
> > I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the
> > of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department, picking
> > the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been with
> > the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first
> > officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m
> > to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to collaborating
> > with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
> > We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> > grants program in the weeks ahead.
> > Best regards,
> > Maggie
> > P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources
> > --
> > Maggie Dennis
> > Interim Sr. Director of Community Engagement
> > Director, Support and Safety
> > Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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