[HOT] Executive Director transition plans

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Mon Mar 9 18:02:08 UTC 2015


Dear Hotties, 

With Kate’s announcement, we have a busy few weeks ahead and we very much want to ask for your help in pursuing next steps. And, we want to assure you that the HOT Board is here to make this transition go well. 

First off, Kate, from all of the current board members, let me say thank you very much again, for all your years of leadership with HOT. We have grown to a sustainable and productive organisation that is globally recognised on the delivery of quality mapping projects for humanitarian and economic development. We truly wish you well in your new job.

Fellow Members: 
The timing of Kate's changes and the Board nominations are unfortunately coinciding. The original close of nominations was scheduled for midnight UTC today (in a few hours time). We talked about this with our advisors and Russell as Membership Chair. Our thinking is that it may be best to extend the Board nomination period in light of the changes. The intention of that is simply to allow time for this news to reach people, allow time for other candidates to step forward, and to give the opportunity for current candidates to consider this new information. Unless there are strong objections to this, Russell will work with the election committee and share more details about the change of timeline. 

We are also drafting a job description for an "Interim Executive Director". The idea of this would be to get somebody in place, ideally by April 1st to work with Kate prior to her formal end date. So although this part of the plan is open to discussion too, we do have a tight deadline there. The word "interim" means this is not part of a permanent staff arrangement, just a transition.  If you would like to be involved in drafting this job description, please let us know.

In this time of transition, HOT now has an opportunity to reflect and consider our plans for the future. A clear path we anticipate, is that the new board will work with the community to transition from Interim Executive Director to permanent Executive Director in the coming months. We have grown in the past four years. As we seek new leadership, we want to first seek input from the HOT community.

To that end, we invite you to join a community call to talk about the next steps. To make it possible for the most voices to be heard and for as many as possible to participate, we are hosting multiple calls in the coming week:

Community Call #1
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 15:00 GMT/11:00 EST 
Your local time: http://bit.ly/HOTCommunity1

Community Call #2
Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 00:00 GMT / Wednesday, March 11, 2015 19:00 CST
Your Local Time: http://bit.ly/HOTCommunityMeeting2

Community Call #3
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 PST/19:00 GMT
Your Local time:  http://bit.ly/HOTCommunity3

These will take place as voice calls on Mumble. Key notes and comments will be collected shared with those that cannot be present. We will also be on IRC for those that don’t use Mumble. 

To help us organize this call, please add agenda items to this document:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_ROKF4phcsWiXinH2hfaeEu0ol0PTwcLiIDaPH9XtkU/edit#

We look forward to ongoing conversations. 


Thanks again,

Harry on behalf of the board.



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