[Owasp-board] Position of Executive Director

Martin Knobloch martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Fri Dec 2 10:14:01 UTC 2016

Hi Johanna, et all,

First of all, I was surprised by the way I heard about the position, being
via a Facebook post. But I could have missed announcements before.
To be honest, I am surprised by the style of the job description as I am
used to find some prerequisites on knowledge and experience and clear
expectations and responsibilities.
The job description as on the link is vague. 4 different roles with each a
number of responsibilities.
Last not least, as the the application form asks if the applicant is an
OWASP member, it would be helpful to mention if being an OWASP leader is a
pre or not. If there is an conflict of interest if the applicant is a
chapter or project leader.

The previous ED responsibility where, as I understood, responsible for the
day-to-day operation of the organization and managing staff.
The job description as posted currently, and as I understand it, goes
further and includes more roles and responsibilities.


On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 9:26 AM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

> Martin
> I must say that I do not quite agree neither with this description
> Some of the things described do not fit in mi opinion with the tasks of a
> ED
> What do you expect now to happen after you have made this remarks?
> Cheers
> Johanna
> On Thursday, December 1, 2016, Martin Knobloch <martin.knobloch at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> Dear Board of directors, board-list followers,
>> Via an Facebook post by Tom Brennan, one of the current board members, I
>> came to attention of the OWASP job posting:
>> https://owasp.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk062sn/
>> The description of the position is quite unusual for European standards,
>> and as I understood for US standards too. Also, the position is quite
>> extended compared to the position previously fulfilled by Paul Ritchie.
>> Last not least, there is not deadline mentioned for applying to this
>> position.
>> In my understanding, as the position was previously, the major role of
>> the ED was as follow:
>>  *[Quoted from Wikipedia:
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_director
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_director>]*
>> The role of the executive director is to design, develop and implement
>> strategic plans for the organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient
>> manner. The executive director is also responsible for the day-to-day
>> operation of the organization, which includes managing committees and staff
>> as well as developing business plans in collaboration with the board.
>> The executive director is accountable to the chairman of the board of
>> directors and reports to the board on a regular basis – quarterly,
>> semiannually, or annually. The board may offer suggestions and ideas about
>> how to improve the organization, but the executive director decides whether
>> or not, and how, to implement these ideas.
>> Whereby the roles as described of the OWASP job posting is extending this
>> with more leadership and overall strategic responsibilities.
>> Can you elaborate on how and why the responsibilities of the ED have been
>> extended in this manor?
>> Also, there is no comment if the future ED may be an OWASP leader or if
>> this would be seen as conflict of interest.
>> With kind regards,
>> -martin
>> ________________________________
>> Martin Knobloch
>> OWASP Netherland Chapter Leader
>> Email: martin.knobloch at owasp.org
>> Mobile: +31623226933 <+31%206%2023226933>
> --
> Johanna Curiel
> OWASP Volunteer
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