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Today's Topics:

1. Invitation: Do you want to become the SIP Forum Managing
Director? (Jay Batson)


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Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2007 11:04:24 -0400
From: Jay Batson 
Subject: [SIPForum-discussion] Invitation: Do you want to become the
SIP Forum Managing Director?
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Dear SIP Forum members -

The SIP Forum Board of Directors is seeking a new Managing Director 
to oversee its operational activities. If, after you have reviewed 
the remainder of this email, you are interested in taking on this 
role, please RSVP to:
m-director at sipforum.org
Please include your resume, your full contact information, a short 
paragraph about why you are interested in the MD role, and what you 
think you could achieve in this position.

------------ Background -------------
The Board of the SIP Forum is considering a significant change in the 
Managing Director (MD) role. For the majority of the Forum's 
history, the role has been defined predominantly as a primarily 
volunteer role, with some small stipend to cover time spent on G&A 
functions, etc. However, this meant that the Forum's MDs have had 
"other full time jobs," which tended to limit what the MD, and the 
Forum, could achieve.

The Board feels the SIP Forum can still achieve more industry impact 
than it has so far. The Forum has plenty of needs that could be met 
if we had an MD that could devote somewhere between 50% - 100% of 
their time on Forum business.

But the reality is that the Forum will not achieve this somebody 
without paying for a person to do it. And if we _don't_ achieve 
more, the SIP Forum's future relevance can be questioned.

Since we have a reasonable cash cushion, the Board feels that it's 
time to make the investment needed to get someone to perform this 
role. Therefore, we're requesting inquiries from interested parties.

----------- Duties --------------
The Managing Director (MD) will work closely with the Board of 
Directors to establish annual operational, and financial goals, and 
then execute as required in order to achieve them. The MD will 
report to the then-current Board Chair. Expected job functions will 
- Determining what needs the SIP products / services industries, and 
the end-user communities have that the Forum can address;
- Establishing, and executing on the marketing or technical programs 
& services that meet these needs;
- Creating and performing outbound electronic and print strategies to 
communicate the goals, and the progress towards them, including 
adding new content as required to the Forum's web site;
- Creating budgets, with membership revenue targets and spending 
plans, commensurate with the goals, and working to reach and stay 
within those budgets;
- Working with Working Group chairs to execute their various 
activities in a timely way;
- Working with the Forum's accounting and legal service providers to 
supply financial and legal reports for the Board at each Board 
meeting, and overseeing the required annual audit;
- Handling operational maintenance of the Forum's electronic 
infrastructure (website, servers, mailing lists, etc.);
- And other work as directed by the Board from time to time.

The ideal candidate is likely someone who has a SIP-related job at a 
technology supplier or large enterprise, or who is a professional 
consultant in the IP real time communications field. An optimal 
skill set would likely come from a person who has both marketing and 
serious technical skills, and a good understanding of SIP, and the 
SIP market. For example, someone who is or has been a SIP-related 
product manager at a company building SIP devices or services would 
be well qualified. The Forum expects that the MD should plan on 
having between 50% and 100% of their work time devoted to Forum 

---------- Compensation ------------
The Forum invites interested people to indicate their compensation 
requirements given the above duties. The Board is prepared to 
entertain proposals that approximate an average salary level for U.S.- 
based personnel of the skill level referred to above. The percentage 
of time -- between 50% and 100% -- that the person would spend 
depends (frankly) on the compensation level. We would prefer 
somebody who we can afford, and pay for them to be full-time 100% SIP 
Forum. If we cannot afford this, we'll examine proposals for less 
than full-time work at a higher rate.

The Forum does not currently offer health insurance, or other such 
benefits; the ideal candidate will have the ability to procure these 

----------- Locale -----------
There is no specific geographic requirement, or limitation on where 
the MD candidates can live. However, as a practical matter, several 
things will likely be controlling:
- The Board has historically been made up primarily of U.S.-based 
members, so the Chairman is likely to be U.S.-based (after this 
coming election in November). It is logistically more convenient for 
Board members to work with a U.S.-based MD. Particularly since the 
Forum wants to achieve a significant amount by retaining this person, 
and so interactions need to be convenient, regular, and low-cost.
- The key service providers (accounting, legal) are located in New 
England. While they could be changed, it does constitute disruption 
and cost to do so. Given that the new MD will absorb a lot of the 
Forum's annual budget, such additional costs are not encouraged.

----------- Footnote -----------
Footnote: Although I have been involved in the SIP Forum since its 
founding, and have been its Chair for the last 5+ years, and it's 
Managing Director for the last 3, my professional involvement with 
SIP is declining. I will, therefore, not be running again as a SIP 
Forum Board member in this fall's election, and will -- as soon as we 
identify a replacement -- pass the baton to a new Managing Director. 
It has been my pleasure to serve the community in the past years, and 
will work to make sure that the only thing that happens in this 
transition is that we get more done - not less.


Jay Batson
Managing Director, Chairman
jay.batson at sipforum.org

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