WMF still looking for legal beagle

This job posting for legal counsel has been up forever.

I don’t think anybody left, it must be a new position. Here’s the current roster. https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors

What the Foundation is looking for:

In addition to providing legal advice regarding our U.S.-based employees and employment practices and procedures, we will be answering novel employment and labor law questions as we shape and structure our global movement.

Good luck with that.

They forgot to add one of the pluses, experience with fuzzy toys. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Purrrrrcy

Here is the whole job description below the fold:


2 thoughts on “WMF still looking for legal beagle

  1. Perhaps they are not offering enough — I don;t see why, though, the WMF is willing to spend millions of dollars every year on outside legal advice, they could probably save by doing more in-house. I suppose the difficulty is that this is one of the few jobs at WMF that requires actual competence, like fundraising and keeping the servers running. Almost all of the rest are sinecures for cult members who have climbed the greasy pole or are there for show, to bolster the impression that the WMF does something useful. Why would someone who can get a well-paying job in San Francisco want to work for the Foundation?

  2. They claim the board reviews salaries to make sure they are competitive, but glassdoor seems to think they are slightly lower than average. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Wikimedia-Foundation-Salaries-E38331.htm

    It took a really long time to replace Mike Godwin of Godwin’s Law fame, so maybe it’s just a long trajectory. But that first story on glassdoor from 2013 is interesting. After 7 months, 4 interviews and 60 emails the applicant was told they would be sent an offer to sign, then nothing. https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/Wikimedia-Foundation-Community-Advocate-Interview-Questions-EI_IE38331.0,20_KO21,39.htm#InterviewReview_2908999

    I’m not convinced the WMF has either more or less competence than any other nonprofit, This seems about right: “10% of employees are high talent; the next 20% are good talents, the next 20% are useful, the last 50% are mediocre.” https://genderdesk.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/mediocre-male-backlash-against-women-in-tech-the-math/ The comment BTW was from a current employee.

    And of course if you take some of your talent from a pool of people doing volunteer work for free, you get to see their work first. But that’s a whole new subject: https://genderdesk.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/tools-tools-tools/

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