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Deadline

Applications for this position must be received no later than Tuesday, August 31st 2021, 11:59 pm BST

Position description

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is seeking a community liaison to strengthen the effective altruism community.

We’re building a community of students and professionals acting on EA principles, by nurturing high-quality discussion spaces. We hope that this will help lead to a world where effective and impartial service to others is a core commitment of global leaders, thinkers, and philanthropists.

About the role

This role aims to strengthen the EA community by providing support to individuals, organizers, and projects facing difficult situations.

All communities experience conflicts, harmful behavior, and personal struggles. If unaddressed, these can cause avoidable strife, reduce people’s ability to focus on important work, and cause engaged community members to leave.

You will address these issues by advising individuals and organizations on issues they face, and by designing proactive interventions, like workshops or written guides. Your work will help to maintain EA as a collaborative environment where community members are well-supported to learn and work together.

You can read more about the work done by the current community liaisons, Julia Wise and Sky Mayhew, in this post. You would be joining them and working as part of the community health team.

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Responsibilities

  • Serve as one of the contact people in effective altruism, receiving information from community members about concerns or problems and deciding how to respond.
    • Example: giving feedback to a community member about how their behavior has caused a problem.
  • Advise other teams at CEA to improve how our projects serve community members.
    • Example: giving input on projects run by the events and groups teams.
  • Advise EA group organizers, moderators of online spaces, and members of other EA projects or organizations on conflicts or difficult situations.
  • Serve as a contact person at in-person events like EA Global and be available to attendees experiencing personal or interpersonal problems (for example, a panic attack, or a conflict with another attendee).
  • Recognize risks or recurring problems in the community and design interventions to address them. Examples: trainings for group organizers, workshops and talks for conferences, and written guides. Past topics include burnout, when to use mediation for disputes, and best practices for working with high school students.

Required skills

  • Good judgement, especially about risks and indirect consequences of decisions you make
  • Emotional resilience to handling charged situations, including mediating conflict
  • Empathy and sensitivity
  • Ability to keep information shared by others confidential
  • Ability to set limits fairly but firmly with others (for example, with a community member who has harmed someone else)
  • Desire to understand different people’s viewpoints and build trust with people from different fields and backgrounds
  • Strong communication skills

Desired experience

A successful candidate needn't have every type of experience listed here; these are just examples of backgrounds that could be helpful.

  • Deep familiarity with the EA community
  • Experience working in a professional environment where confidentiality is required (e.g. healthcare, law, or clergy)
  • Personal and/or professional experience with marginalized populations or populations underrepresented in EA (e.g. racial or ethnic minority communities, the LGBT+ community, countries where EA is not yet well-established)
  • Mediation experience
  • Experience in mental health work
  • Management experience

For someone with management experience or the skills to become a good manager, this position could lead to managing the community health team in the future.

Salary, benefits, and location

This is a full-time remote role. We prefer applicants who are able to work in time zones between US Pacific time and GMT, and you will have the option of working from our Oxford office.

Starting salary for candidates in Oxford is £45,000-56,000 depending on experience, with some flexibility above this range for an exceptional candidate. Salaries for candidates who prefer to work remotely will be decided based on location and skills. As a rough calibration point, the salary range for Boston is $71,000-89,000 (again, with potential flexibility for exceptional candidates).

UK benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible work hours, a £1,000 annual training budget, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, a 3% pension contribution, and 25 days of paid vacation. We have similar benefits in the US.

Application Process

We will consider applications as we receive them.

After considering your application, we will invite promising candidates to complete a short trial task followed by further interviews. We will invite finalists to provide references and participate in a multi-day paid work trial.

We are happy to consider applicants from overseas and may consider visa sponsorship if needed.

CEA serves a global community, and our team works with people and organizations all over the world. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, and we encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other questions about applying, please contact Caitlin Elizondo, Head of People Operations.