I disagree. Just because it's an unpaid volunteer position doesn't mean expectations should be low. Diversity is a problem in the tech world in general, and despite recent efforts, is still one in the Linux community - regardless of distribution.
Bringing someone on board for this position who would be ineffective, unfamiliar with the duties of the role, and unable to meet the requirements listed would make the role irrelevant and hamper efforts to increase diversity and equality to the community.
By pushing such formality, it gets rid of the cruft - those who would merely use the position as a title, those who would use the position for their own gain, etc. - and sets a tone of professional understanding, putting anyone who applies on notice that there is serious efforts behind the creation of this opening.

I know it limits prospects; I am aware that it might be confusing. But anyone who is confused may not be familiar with Fedora, and that lack of understanding and knowledge would be a problem The Diversity Advisor would be working with very sensitive, sometimes hot-button issues with a wide variety of people whose sexual orientations, racial/cultural backgrounds, abilities/disabilities, self-identification, etc. must be respected and recognized in a professional manner. Fedora needs someone who can do that, and hopefully someone who has proven that as well.

My apologies for the rant - TL;DR I think the professional look and process is definitely worth it, and will lead to better candidates and a more progressive and diverse community, and could hopefully be a template for other distributions and companies as well.

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On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 12:37 PM, María Leandro <tatica@fedoraproject.org> wrote:
As I mention at some of the meetings I went when talking about the role,  creating a position with so much formality is why people will consider it a job, when it's clearly not. Don't want to say that formality is bad, just that it's out of scope to post a job description for what is just a communitary roll.

Do we have a job description for FAmSCo, FESCo or the Board? Sometimes, keeping things simple can be less confusing.

Easy way to go with is just to appoint someone and start working, and in a year or two make an election to select someone else or go with the same person again. Posting formal request like this create hiring expectations between the community members.

2015-07-02 11:43 GMT-04:30 Máirín Duffy <duffy@redhat.com>:

On 07/02/2015 11:45 AM, Marina Zhurakhinskaya wrote:
I would underscore that this is a position on the Fedora Council, which is part of Fedora community governance.

Reliance on volunteering or unpaid work is one of the reasons there are fewer people from minority backgrounds, who have less leisure time, in open source, so I wouldn't offer the value of volunteering as an explanation in this context.

The argument implicitly being posed here, whether intended by anyone involved or not, is this:

Is it better to have no role at all than an unpaid one?

Those are the two options right now.

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