[Owasp-board] MOTION: Bring in Scion Executive Search to Handle ED Search Process

Tom Brennan tomb at owasp.org
Wed Jun 28 22:55:12 UTC 2017


Matts suggested contract exclusions are a good idea.


On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 5:23 PM Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> Thank you all for your votes.  Tobias, feel free to submit yours for the
> record whenever you get around to this thread, but with 4 votes in favor
> the motion passes.  Matt Tesauro, can you please make sure that the Board
> voting record is updated with this information:
>
> *MOTION: The Board will allocate up to $45k to hire Scion Executive Search
> to conduct the search, evaluation, and hiring process for the new OWASP
> Executive Director.*
>
> Josh - Yes
> Michael - Yes
> Tom - Yes
> Matt - Yes
> Andrew - No
> Martin (Shadow Vote?) - No
> Tobias -
>
> I will work to get the proper paperwork completed and initial deposit made
> to get Scion moving on the search.  Thank you.
>
> ~josh
>
> On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Matt Konda <matt.konda at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>> I vote yes to using Scion.  I would suggest the higher fee for the longer
>> guarantee. (33% for 12 months)  I would also suggest that we see if Scion
>> is willing to negotiate on payment timelines.
>>
>> All that being said, I would further suggest that we write in an
>> exclusion and exception for any candidates that are already contacting us
>> or that Virtual provides before July 1.  If needed, we should expedite
>> review for those candidates to try to clear the air for Scion to move
>> forward in July.
>>
>> I think we have struggled with this long enough and would best serve the
>> community and staff by leveraging 3rd party help to find a strong
>> independently verified ED.  I find the proposal and track record compelling.
>>
>> I also want to go on record in appreciation of the work Virtual is doing
>> and will continue doing to support OWASP both from a finance and operations
>> perspective.  In considering an alternative it is not a reflection on the
>> Virtual team's efforts or commitments but an effort to diversify our
>> support network and close a gap that has been present too long.
>>
>> Thank you, Josh, for your efforts here.
>>
>> Matt
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 5:32 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>>
>>> *MOTION: The Board will allocate up to $45k to hire Scion Executive
>>> Search to conduct the search, evaluation, and hiring process for the new
>>> OWASP Executive Director.*
>>>
>>> Josh - Yes
>>> Michael - Yes
>>> Tom - Yes
>>> Andrew - No
>>> Martin (Shadow Vote?) - No
>>> Tobias -
>>> Matt -
>>>
>>> Just to be clear here, I do not have time to "exhaust other options" as
>>> Andrew and Martin have alluded to being their preference.  Yes, there are
>>> certainly other companies that can conduct the search for us.  Perhaps even
>>> some that can do it for cheaper, albeit without the focus and expertise in
>>> non-profit executive searches that Scion has.  That said, it is blaringly
>>> clear that nobody, including our Board and staff, has the time to invest in
>>> vetting out all of our options.  With the departure of Kate and Alison,
>>> unfortunately, we are running about as thin as we can possibly afford to be
>>> here.  We have two outstanding votes, but I can tell you that if the Board
>>> votes no on this, then someone else will need to take point from here as I
>>> don't have the time to do as Andrew and Martin have indicated they would
>>> like to see.  We need to make traction on this and I don't see it happening
>>> to the degree that we need without some form out third-party assistance.
>>> It is a lot of money, but this is the single most important hiring decision
>>> that the Board has, and with one failed recruitment effort under our belts,
>>> it is clear that we need to do something different.
>>>
>>> ~josh
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 4:16 PM, <martin.knobloch at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Michael,
>>>>
>>>> In my understanding,  the vote is about the motion to allocate 45k to
>>>> hire Scion Executive.
>>>>
>>>> On that, my vote is no.
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>> -martin
>>>>
>>>> On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Michael Coates wrote:
>>>> > Martin,
>>>> >
>>>> > From your comments I want to double check there's clarity on this
>>>> topic.
>>>> > The vote is to have an outsourced firm take us down the process to
>>>> > interview and select an ED from a group of qualified applicants (and
>>>> anyone
>>>> > who submits candidancy)
>>>> >
>>>> > To your comment:
>>>> > "- the position of ED is important for OWASP and better to right
>>>> person for
>>>> > the job, rather than hurry to get this done quickly "
>>>> >
>>>> > The "hurry" is only to select our vendor who will be coordinating the
>>>> > candidate process and reaching out to potential candidates. Right now
>>>> we
>>>> > are in a holding pattern and making no progress.
>>>> > My question for you is, if this is not the direction you like, what
>>>> > approach do you want to take?
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > Thanks
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > --
>>>> > Michael Coates | @_mwc <
>>>> https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=_mwc>
>>>> > OWASP Global Board
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 12:30 PM, Martin Knobloch <
>>>> martin.knobloch at owasp.org
>>>> > > wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> > > Hi Josh, et all,
>>>> > >
>>>> > > I vote no.
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Before spending 45K, we should have a better look into competitive
>>>> > > options.
>>>> > > Next, I would like to see to and temporary ED to be hired for the
>>>> time
>>>> > > being:
>>>> > > - we need an ED, but want to have a good process to find the right
>>>> > > candidate
>>>> > > - the position of ED is important for OWASP and better to right
>>>> person for
>>>> > > the job, rather than hurry to get this done quickly
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Regards,
>>>> > > -martin
>>>> > >
>>>> > > P.S.: Required board member documents have been signed and
>>>> returned, full
>>>> > > vote?!
>>>> > >
>>>> > > On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 10:08 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> > >
>>>> > >> OWASP Board,
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> There's been some discussion in the other thread regarding the
>>>> proposal
>>>> > >> from Scion.  I am including the proposal as it contains answers to
>>>> many of
>>>> > >> the questions that have been asked.  The only argument that I've
>>>> really
>>>> > >> heard against this is monetary and I truly feel like we shouldn't
>>>> let that
>>>> > >> stand in the way of hiring the best ED for the Foundation.  Given
>>>> no
>>>> > >> internal expertise in these matters, it is my recommendation that
>>>> the Board
>>>> > >> move forward with the proposal from Scion.  To that end, I have a
>>>> question
>>>> > >> and a formal motion.
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> Question: Would we like a six-month or twelve-month placement
>>>> guarantee
>>>> > >> on the hire?  The difference is an additional 3% of the annual
>>>> salary.
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> *MOTION: The Board will allocate up to $45k to hire Scion Executive
>>>> > >> Search to conduct the search, evaluation, and hiring process for
>>>> the new
>>>> > >> OWASP Executive Director.*
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> This is based on the high-range salary estimate of $135k and 33%
>>>> number
>>>> > >> for the 12-month placement.  This would be billed 1/3rd upon the
>>>> signing of
>>>> > >> the contract, 1/3rd 60 days later, and 1/3rd on the new ED's start
>>>> date.
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> For the record, our ED recruitment process is stalled until we
>>>> either
>>>> > >> approve or reject this motion.
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> ~josh
>>>> > >>
>>>> > >> ​
>>>> > >>  Scion Executive Search Proposal - Open Web Appl...
>>>> > >> <
>>>> https://drive.google.com/a/owasp.org/file/d/0Bw1W2qFZ-xDGeWl6WUNIdlk3b3hSM0lvUmxKZjlBREFTZnlV/view?usp=drive_web
>>>> >
>>>> > >> ​
>>>> > >>
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