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The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is seeking a Community Specialist who is interested in helping shape the future of the EA community by helping us build a robust network of local EA groups in cities all over the world. Responsibilities include: monitoring and improving metrics for community support, creating resources for use by local groups, and regularly communicating with groups about what CEA can do to help them succeed.
The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) aims to create an optimal world by helping to grow and maintain the effective altruism community.
Effective altruism is a global community of people who care deeply about the world, make benefiting others a significant part of their lives, and use evidence and reason to figure out how best to do so. You can read more about effective altruism's guiding principles here.
CEA’s current and recent projects include:
- Run Effective Altruism Funds, philanthropic funds in specific cause areas managed by experts
- Run EA Global conferences and other smaller events for the effective altruism community
- Support community-organized conferences through EA Global X
- Support the community of 3,500+ people who have taken the Giving What We Can pledge to donate 10% of their income to the most effective organizations they can find
- Support local and student effective altruism groups
- Support useful new projects via Effective Altruism Grants
- Deepen our models of community building and current thinking on topics that are relevant to our mission
- Run retreats and workshops to help identify and support people with the largest potential for impact
- Support the community’s online infrastructure through effectivealtruism.org and by managing and improving the Effective Altruism Forum
We are an ambitious team with an ambitious goal: creating an optimal world. To have any chance of achieving our goal, we understand that we as individuals, as an organization, and as a community will need to improve – a lot. As a team we live at the edge of our comfort zones, taking on tasks just beyond our current capabilities so that we are continually improving to meet new challenges. We understand that failure can come both by pushing ourselves too hard and by not pushing ourselves hard enough.
We work together as a team to figure out what we should prioritize, but favor taking action and trying things out so that we don’t get stuck in decision paralysis. We are given the autonomy over our core areas of responsibility to make decisions and take the necessary risks to make progress and increase value in expectation. While we understand that measuring impact is difficult, we think that having a plan beats not having a plan, and having a model beats not having a model.
We focus on working smart, not just hard. We prioritize aggressively. We encourage everyone on the team to speak up when they are unsure of the value of a project or when they have suggestions for how we can improve our team. We believe that the best argument should decide what we do, not the highest ranking person.
Our mission is to build a community of people dedicated to tackling the world’s biggest problems. In order for that community to have an impact we need to be able to find excellent, passionate people, share ideas and coordinate. This means local communities that are able to meet in person are essential to our strategy.
This year CEA allocated an unprecedented amount of funding to support local groups through EA Grants and through EA Community Building Grants. The number of highly promising local groups has exceeded our expectations and we now expect to allocate in excess of $1,000,000 to support local groups by the end of the year.
However, we currently lack the capacity to provide one-on-one support to all of the groups we think we can help and we have yet to build out the pipeline of groups that could be highly promising in the future. We are hiring a Community Specialist to build the infrastructure to support a broader range of groups, share best practices, promote new ideas, and identify promising people in the community.
- Learning best practices for running local groups by regularly communicating with a wide range of groups from around the world
- Providing regular one-on-one support to promising local groups
- Developing, monitoring, and improving metrics for community support
- Ensuring that local groups are synced up on the latest thinking in EA on topics like cause prioritization and movement building strategy
- Creating and promoting resources and suggested programs for local groups
- Helping to organize the EA group leaders retreat
- Helping to develop CEA’s overall strategy for local groups
The ideal candidate will demonstrate each of the following attributes:
- Excellent people skills — This role will involve sharing complex ideas, inspiring volunteers and listening to the people on the ground to adapt our strategy, and so it requires excellent communication and a good understanding of people.
- Entrepreneurial / autonomous worker — While you’ll be working as part of a team and closely with our Local Groups Liaison, much of this role is undefined and in need of someone who can take ownership of figuring out what to prioritise and how to have the most impact.
- Project management and organizational skills — This role involves keeping up with a large number of groups, building systems and measuring impact. In order to keep on top of everything, you will need to be highly organized and put efficient systems into place.
- Creative problem-solving — We look for colleagues who can think outside of the box and come up with novel ways of solving problems or increasing impact.
- In depth understanding of EA concepts — Our local groups are on the front lines of helping people who are new to EA understand the various considerations for how to have the most impact. The ideal candidate will therefore have an in-depth understanding so that they can help community members cultivate that understanding in themselves.
- Critical mindset — The ideal candidate for this role will be able to approach problems and processes with a critical eye, always asking “What do I not yet know?” and “What information might change our minds as we move forward?”
We prefer that this position be based out of our Oxford, UK office or our Berkeley, CA office, although we will consider remote work candidates as well. Due to large differences in cost of living, our starting salary range for the Berkeley office is $70-100k, with the possibility of going up to $115k in exceptional circumstances and our salary range for the Oxford, UK office is £35,000-£50,000, with the possibility of going up to £70,000 in exceptional circumstances. Benefits include health care and dental coverage, generous paid vacation time, a flexible work schedule, and allowances for self-development and equipment.
CEA is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.
How to apply
Applications close at 23:59 BST on Monday 16 July.
By Friday 27 July we aim to have contacted all applicants, to let them know whether they have passed the first round of the application process.