EA Global Program Lead


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Position description

The EA Global (EAG) conference series is one of the largest EA community building projects in terms of impact and budget, and serves as a critical part of the community infrastructure by gathering thousands of the most dedicated and impressive members of the community every year. CEA is looking for a leader with a rare mix of operations skills, project management, EA context, and stakeholder management skills to build on the historical success of the program.

Our three flagship EAG conferences facilitate tens of thousands of highly impactful connections each year that help people build professional relationships, apply for jobs, and make other critical career decisions (see here for impact stories). EAG also helps surface new ideas, including emerging cause areas and undervalued opportunities. We’re also exploring cause-specific and virtual events whilst trying to make our events more cost effective. You will have the opportunity to analyze our current impact and make strategic recommendations about how to run the program going forward.

The EAG Program Lead will also play a key role in shaping a key piece of the effective altruism community’s landscape. The role comes with a large amount of both autonomy and mentorship. You’ll report directly to the Head of Events, Amy Labenz, and will also take part in weekly manager meetings with the senior leadership of the Events team. If you’re looking to deploy and develop your aptitudes in people management, strategic vision setting, managing large-scale projects with multi-million dollar budgets, and high-level operations, you could be a good fit.

What would you do?

This role involves an exciting range of practical and strategic responsibilities. High level responsibilities:

  • Vision and strategy. You’ll review or conduct impact analysis, write up recommendations, and engage with stakeholders for feedback.
  • People management. You’ll manage a world-class team responsible for content, admissions, production, and more. This includes an internal team, an external production team, and some contractors.
  • Goal setting. You’ll investigate and track the biggest sources of value of the event, review and design metrics for testing them, and use what you discover to define the goals, theory of change, and target audience for each event.
  • Project management. EAG is a complex project and you’ll apply your organizational skills to track a wide range of tasks and deadlines.
  • Budgeting. You’ll manage a multi-million dollar budget and suggest where to direct resources to maximize the program’s cost-effectiveness.
  • Policy creation. You’ll design, implement, and communicate policies such as setting the bar for admissions, travel support, speakers, and our organization fair.

Other responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder input and management. You’ll build strong relationships with funders, thought leaders, and cause area experts, plus gather and integrate their feedback to build the best possible event.
  • Communications. You’ll clearly and compellingly explain the program, along with its goals and policies, to both individuals and the wider EA community.

About you

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about effective altruism and is eager to take on a large-scale, ambitious, ever-improving program. We expect the winning candidate will have:

  • Comfort making strategic recommendations based on analysis and evidence
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to juggle multiple priorities
  • Stamina to maintain a consistently high level of output throughout the year
  • Well-informed judgment and taste around event design, EA content, and project management
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure and adapt to rapid or unexpected changes
  • Skill in syncing up with multiple stakeholders and incorporating their feedback
  • A few years of relevant work experience, ideally including team management

Other information

  • This is a full-time, remote position. We prefer applicants who are able to work in time zones between US Pacific Time and CET.
  • The role would include regular international travel, totalling up to six long-haul trips per year depending where you’re based (three EAGs, two team retreats, and one miscellaneous trip).
  • If candidates would prefer to work from the UK, we welcome applicants from overseas and we’ll sponsor visas where possible. We may be able to sponsor visas to work in the US for some candidates.
  • Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.
  • We’d ideally have you start as soon as possible, but can be flexible for the right candidate.
  • Our application process may include: one or more trial tasks, interviews, a reference check, and a multi-day paid work trial for the top candidates.
  • We are currently reviewing our compensation policies, and compensation may be higher for candidates with certain relevant experience. Based on our historical policy, the compensation range for candidates (depending on experience) working from the Oxford office would be £65,450–£75,130, comprising £59,500–£68,300 in salary with an unconditional 10% pension contribution. Salary ranges for remote employees would vary by location. US salaries currently vary significantly based on location. Depending on both the cost of living of the candidate's location and on experience, we think the total compensation for this role could range from $101,640–$139,040, also comprising a base salary and a 10% 401k contribution.
  • Benefits include private health insurance, flexible work hours, a £5,000 / $6,000 annual professional development allowance, a £5,000 / $6,000 mental health support allowance, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, 10% pension / 401k contribution, 25 days of paid vacation, and more.
  • We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from self-identified women and people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission. The Centre for Effective Altruism is an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other questions about applying, please contact jobs@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.
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