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Position description

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.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Managing and developing our donor CRM, reaching out to new contacts in the community, scouring our lists for potential allies and developing new relationships with key targets in adjacent industries
  • Create meaningful connections between new highly engaged effective altruists and the organisations that best fit their interests, skills and potential. Identify promising connections and develop a strategy to engage them further in the community.
  • Connect with new members via social networks, the in-person community and curated special interest groups.
  • Keep our supporters updated and engaged, automate this system so each donor gets personalised thank you notes, tax receipts, impact evaluations and key strategic updates that align with their level of interest
  • Conduct outreach at public events on behalf of CEA, give talks and network with key individuals
  • Build out and streamline a strategy to recruit, retain and delight new contacts and long-time supporters alike.
  • Develop an overarching fundraising strategy and implement our annual fundraising rounds. Personally reach out to key donors and manage communication infrastructure for all small to medium donors
  • Seeking out and writing applications for funding from major institutions and public sector organisations, especially for our research institue
  • Provide feedback on fundraising success to our board and finance manager to support daily operations

Why apply?

Professionalising and improving CEAs capabilities in development is extremely important to our long-term success. We’re looking to double in size over the next year, which will require a big growth in our donor base, both in terms of donation to CEA, and donations to EA Funds. As one of the core team members of a rapidly growing small organisation, you’ll have a huge amount of responsibility, autonomy and room to grow. You’ll provide valuable support to all of the key projects in the Centre for Effective Altruism, giving you a chance to impact a wide variety of different cause areas and approaches to doing the most good.

If you work for CEA, you’ll be part of a focused team of intelligent, caring, enthusiastic colleagues who want to change the world, located in beautiful Oxford.

Who is suited to this role?

You have some experience in development, possibly at a larger organisation or at a start-up. You are able to manage multiple stakeholders, both externally and internally. You are self-motivated and able to independently develop improvements to current practice, while understanding the reasons for existing systems.


We’re seeking someone who has 2-5 years experience working in development, however, we’re interested in anyone who can demonstrate the skills.

Some examples of desirable attributes or experience include:

  • A good understanding of development and fundraising and the ability to build strong trust-based relationships with our donors and the internal team.
  • Experience implementing a development CRM and designing a contact process for maintaining a donor base
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral communication
  • Excellent written communication, particularly the ability to structure compelling grant proposals,and draft engaging email copy on the fly
  • A deep understanding of the effective altruist community and our work at CEA
  • Straightforwardness and honesty - we are not looking for someone to sell to our donors or to get their donation no matter what. We only want donations to support projects that we think are genuinely the most effective projects, and we are happy to refer donors on to organisations that we think are more effective.
  • Diligence and conscientiousness - Our office culture reflects that of a dedicated startup, we work hard with intense focus and also relax and unwind together during lunch and after work. We want someone who is self-directed enough to work hard while the rest of us and engaged and friendly enough to help build our intellectually-stimulating, fun atmosphere. We’re all really passionate about the work that we do here and we’d like to find someone who feels the same.

Salary and location

This job will be based out of our offices in Berkeley, California, and will involve some travel. You will be willing to travel to attend our quarterly team retreat, held in locations such as Barcelona, Oxford and Boston. You will also be willing to travel to EA Global events and salons where you will represent CEA to our major and potential donors. We may be open to the possibility of remote work, and can possibly provide visa assitance for an exceptional candidate. Salary will include a fixed and bonus component. Our salaries aim to provide a reasonable living wage for the bay area, reflecting experience and value added to the team. We offer benefits including healthcare.

Your application will be assessed using a rubric designed to measure the following traits, and you should aim to demonstrate them in your application:

  • 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
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, the effective altruist movement.

How to apply

If you have any questions about the role, please email

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organisation. 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.