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Working at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) you’ll be striving to make the world a better place, be pushed and supported to develop and work with some amazing people. If this sounds appealing to you maybe you should consider a career at the Centre for Effective Altruism. We have remote workers living around the world, and offices in Oxford, UK, and Berkeley, CA, USA. Want to find out more about the projects we work on, our values and our core mission? Read about why we're a fantastic place to work.

    Current opportunities

  • Growth Hacker

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    The Centre for Effective Altruism has experienced rapid growth over the past 2 years, but with your help we aim to reach more effective altruists in ways that will allow this movement to be its best. We’re looking for an experienced growth hacker who can set and meet aggressive targets for growth in user engagement and numbers. Use the skills you’ve gained from the world of startups and social enterprise to join a community of pragmatic idealists looking to radically change how the world thinks about doing good.

  • Full Stack Developer

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    The Centre for Effective Altruism has experienced rapid growth over the past 2 years, we’ve gone from a collection of different projects with multiple different web assets to a single unified team developing a cohesive brand and web presence. As the community grows, we’ll need technical solutions to scale our community without losing all the things that make it attractive to people who are committed to making a real impact. As a full stack developer at CEA, you’ll work with us to figure out what the most pressing needs in the community are, then make those ideas a reality. You’ll build out functionality for EA Funds, helping hundreds of EAs donate quickly and effectively. You’ll work on improving onboarding for new GWWC members and work with local EA group leaders to build tools to help them coordinate events and membership. You’ll also help us redesign the EA Forum to add better moderation tools and ensure the quality of posts remains high, even as the community grows. And that’s just in the first 6 months! The majority of EAs discover the community online, as a full stack developer at CEA, you’ll be in a unique position to help shape that experience.

  • Assistant Producer, Events Team

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    As an Assistant Producer for the Events Team, you will report Amy Labenz and will work closely with the Communication and Outreach Team to ensure the success of CEA’s portfolio of conferences and events. You will provide vital advice and assistance to several planned projects including, but not limited to, Effective Altruism Global 2017, EAGx, and the Leaders Forum. You will be responsible for assisting with initial logistical planning for the events, managing speaker communications, and assisting with the recruitment and management of a team of volunteers. You will also be responsible for preparing budgets, accounting, and financial forecasts, helping streamline processes, and for generally ensuring that the events go well.

  • Grants Associate

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    As Grants Associate for the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) you will help process grants worth millions of dollars to effective organizations. You will liaise between grantees, fund managers and staff at CEA in order to ensure grants are processed in a timely and efficient manner. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will have full discretion over setting up a robust grantmaking process and liaising with our board. The right person will see their responsibilities quickly evolve, with the opportunity to become increasingly responsible for all aspects of financial management within CEA. We’re looking for someone with high attention to detail, financial literacy and great written and verbal communication skills, however you needn’t be a registered accountant. We’re growing fast, and we want you to build a deep understanding of our historical processes order to implement new, scalable systems to help us prepare for the future.

  • Communications Officer

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) needs a communications officer to help us communicate our vision with the effective altruism community and a wider population of people who may be interested in our ideas. We need someone who can listen, respond to and action feedback so that we can fulfill our core mission to support the EA community.

  • Development Manager

    Application deadline: Saturday, July 1st 2017, 12:59 am BST

    As Development Manager for the Centre for Effective Altruism  (CEA) you will work closely with the CEO and COO to coordinate and support our development efforts. This role will predominantly involve developing and extending relationships with existing supporters, and serving as the main point of contact for major funders. You will develop robust systems to organize donor information and streamline processes for fundraising. You’ll work closely with our marketing team to develop donor reports and our annual prospectus and will attend events on our behalf to represent CEA. We are looking for someone with 2-5 years of experience in development who will be able to bring an external perspective and good practice to our work, but need not necessarily bring a well developed donor network.

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  • Office Manager

    Applications for this position have closed

    The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is seeking an Office Manager who is passionate about helping others succeed and making a difference. We’re after someone who takes pride in being the one to handle unglamorous but critically important tasks. We’d love if if you have worked in an administrative or assistant role before, but are open to hiring someone without experience provided they have the right mindset and are willing to learn quickly and act on constructive feedback. You'll aid the central operations team at CEA with a wide variety of clerical and administrative tasks. You'll be willing to take on new duties and learn new skills in order to best serve CEA’s core needs as we grow.

Recruitment Process

We run recruitment rounds roughly every six months. You can read more about the positions above to get a feel for what we're looking for.

If none of these take your fancy, we're always on the lookout for talented, experienced professionals to join our team. We're growing quickly and our plans change rapidly. If you think you'd be a good fit, please fill out this form and describe how you could use your skills and experience to support one of our existing projects, or start your own!

Please note that we will not review CVs sent by email. However, if you have any queries about our recruitment please email recruitment [at] centreforeffectivealtruism [dot] org

In addition to full-time positions, we occasionally offer internships to outstanding applicants. If you are interested in an internship position, please fill out this form and include an explanation of which project you would like to intern with and how your skills and experience could contribute to our programmes.

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Positions at the Future of Humanity Institute

The Future of Humanity Institute, with which we share an office, is also looking for some researchers to join their team. Working at FHI is a great opportunity for impact if you are particularly interested in existential risk or far-future concerns. The research team at FHI is multi-disciplinary, and they're hoping to find new researchers with a background in computer science and machine learning and policy analysts with a background in the governance of emerging technologies. Read more about the openings at FHI here

What are we looking for?

The specifics of what we are looking for depend on the role and details can be found in the job descriptions. In general, we’re looking for people who have many of the following traits:

  • Self-motivated, hard-working, and independent;
  • Able to deal with pressure and unfamiliar problems;
  • Have a strong desire for personal development;
  • Able to quickly master complex, abstract ideas, and solve problems;
  • Able to communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and in person;
  • Comfortable working in a team and quick to get on with new people;
  • Able to lead a team and manage a complex project;
  • Keen to work with a young team in a startup environment;
  • Deeply interested in making the world a better place in an effective way, using evidence and research;
  • A good understanding of the aims of the Centre for Effective Altruism and its constituent organisations.

I hope to work at CEA in the future. What should I do now?

Of course this will depend on the role, but good general advice includes trying to do some of the following:

  • Gain professional experience in established organisations where you will learn a lot, such as working in consulting, government, politics, advocacy, law, think-tanks, movement building, journalism, etc. You can learn more about building up your ‘career capital’ here.
  • If you're still a student, some degree programmes we have found to provide useful training include: philosophy, statistics, economics, mathematics and physics. However, we are hoping to hire people from a more diverse range of academic and practical backgrounds in the future. In particular, we hope to find new members of the team who have worked in operations, movement building, advocacy and creative industries.
  • Write regularly and consider starting a blog.
  • Manage student and workplace clubs or societies.
  • Learn how to run events, such as a conferences or large parties
  • Work on exciting projects in your spare time.
  • Found a start-up business or non-profit, or join someone else early in the life of a new project.
  • Get experience promoting effective altruist ideas online, or to people you already know.
  • Use 80,000 Hours’ research to do a detailed analysis of your own future career plans.

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