New Council Roles and Hiring Update

Philipp Kewisch mozilla at
Fri Mar 31 09:17:37 UTC 2017

Hi Benjamin,

I agree it is important to have someone on the job that has experience
with open source communities, of course we would enjoy someone who knows
the heartbeat of Mozilla as well. We are working on getting the job
requisitions written and published and would very much appreciate if you
could send people our way once we are able to accept job applications.


On 3/30/17 1:52 PM, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:
> Hello,
> Just to chime in if the council is so interested I could connect the
> council with a number of friends and colleagues including MoCo Alumni
> who have done Community Management professionally
> as I think it would be important to consult someone who has worn such
> a hat on OSS to build a good job description to ensure TB gets the
> perfect candidate but also gets good value out of the candidate it
> hires or contracts with.
> On Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 5:16 AM, Philipp Kewisch <mozilla at
> <mailto:mozilla at>> wrote:
>     Dear Thunderbird Community,
>     On Thursday the new Thunderbird Council met the first time to discuss
>     how we want to spend the next term. We all agree there is a lot to do
>     and we need to make sure that there is noticeable progress within the
>     next months.
>     First of all, we started with some administrative issues. As the
>     council
>     is newly formed, the roles that needed to be filled were the council
>     chair, the treasurer, and a secretary that makes sure that all
>     decisions
>     are documented. I am pleased to announce the following results:
>     * Philipp Kewisch will serve as council chair, replacing Magnus Melin
>     * Kent James will continue to serve as the treasurer
>     * The chair will also serve as secretary and document decisions
>     I would like to thank Kent for taking the time to continue his
>     role and
>     Magnus for his previous work as the council chair. I am honored to
>     have
>     support from my fellow council members and look forward to serving the
>     community in this role.
>     Further on, we started discussion around hiring more contractors to
>     allow us to make progress with Thunderbird. While there are many roles
>     needed, it would be impossible to hire for all of them at once. We
>     therefore will follow a layered approach of hiring by priority.
>     We have determined that aside from the infrastructure engineer we have
>     already hired, it is important to have someone available for build and
>     release work. This capacity is required to empower the community
>     to make
>     progress with Thunderbird. Without working releases, contributions by
>     the community cannot be presented to our users. Aside from
>     attending to
>     the build issues we face with almost every beta and release, the goal
>     should be to move to a more modern release runner, which could be
>     TaskCluster. The details are not yet determined.
>     We will also be looking to hire a community manager. With this
>     position
>     we aim to make the project more accessible to Thunderbird users. The
>     community manager would be responsible for making sure
>     contributors feel
>     welcome and have access to the information they need to get
>     started. In
>     addition this contractor will be writing blog posts and using social
>     media to interact with both contributors and users to keep them
>     informed
>     about Thunderbird's progress and involve them in community activities.
>     This role could either be part time as a pure community manager,
>     or full
>     time where the second part would be an administrative support role to
>     the council.
>     As a next step we will be creating job requisitions for these
>     roles and
>     start the process required to get this approved. If you know someone
>     that would come into consideration for this role, please give them a
>     heads up that we will soon be hiring. There are also further roles we
>     are considering. We've scheduled another meeting next week where
>     we will
>     continue our discussion around hiring and delve into other topics for
>     the future of Thunderbird.
>     We will keep you posted on our discussions so you can follow along. If
>     you have feedback please do let us know, we are looking forward to
>     hearing from you.
>     -- Philipp, on behalf of the Thunderbird Council
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> -- 
> Benjamin Kerensa

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