Working at the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) you’ll be striving to make the world a better place, and you'll be pushed and supported to develop and work with some amazing people. If this sounds appealing, maybe you should consider a career here? 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.
CEA is not currently hiring, and we’ve closed down our Open Application form. If you’ve already submitted that form, we will consider your application the next time we open a new position.
There are also frequent opportunities at other organizations in the community. Visit 80,000 Hours' job board to see the latest jobs, and sign up to hear about new openings.
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 organizations.
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 organizations 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 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.