[Owasp-leaders] Process: Hiring a Community Manager for the OWASP Foundation

Sarah Baso sarah.baso at owasp.org
Tue Mar 18 01:46:47 UTC 2014

OWASP Leaders  -

We have hired someone for the new OWASP Community Manager Position (as some
of you on social media may have already seen) and details about this person
will be in the next post.  Here is some additional information about the
hiring process and candidate pool.

The Event Manager job description was drafted by me and reviewed by the
OWASP staff before posting.  The job description was posted to the
with background requirements, desired skills, and starting salary. The job
was promoted through OWASP channels: OWASP
OWASP Connector (email to owasp-all and posted to blog),  OWASP Leader's
OWASP Foundation Linkedin Group, @OWASP Twitter Account, OWASP Group on
Facebook, and OWASP Community Page on Google+. Externally, the job was also
posted to Indeed, Smart Recruiters, Learn4Good, Zip Recruiters, and NYC
Craig's List.

The Event Manager job was posted on February 11, 2014 and applications were
accepted via email through February 25, 2015 (15 days).  We received
exactly 99 applications and here is a breakdown of the sources of the
applications as well as by geographic region where the applicants resided:


>From the 90 applications received, we asked 5 candidates for a bit more
information about their experience with volunteer management over email,
offered interviews to 11 candidates (roughly the top 10%).  The interviews
were offered to the most qualified candidates based on required background
and desired skills posted in the job description. Particular focus for this
position was on whether the candidate had a minimum of 1 year of experience
with community engagement initiatives (or volunteer management) as well
experience working with a remote team and a commitment to the
organization's goals and values.

*Final Selection*
Our final candidate went through 2 interviews as well as demonstrating an
ability to motivate the community to voice their support of her in this
role.  We received a wide variety of applicants (including more from
outside the US than we have in the past).  Many applicants were quite
qualified in the area of application security or IT, but did not have the
amount of experience working with volunteers that this job requires.  We
are really fortunate to have found a candidate that not only met, but
exceeded our expectations in her wealth of previous experience.

Please read on to the next email for an introduction of out new staff

Sarah Baso

Executive Director
OWASP Foundation

sarah.baso at owasp.org
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