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The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is seeking an Events Specialist who is interested in helping to shape the future of the effective altruism (EA) community by supporting our expanding portfolio of conferences, retreats and workshops. Responsibilities include: creating and following project plans for events, liaising with speakers, volunteers and attendees, and managing external communications about our events.
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.
Because effective altruism is first and foremost a community, running events that bring the EA community together is central to CEA’s mission.
Since 2015, CEA has managed EA Global, the largest gathering of the effective altruism community. Currently, EA Global consists of two conferences per year, one in the Bay and one in London. Previous speakers at EA Global have included Elon Musk, Cari Tuna, and Nick Bostrom. In 2016, CEA expanded EA Global through community-organized EAGx conferences that occur in cities all around the world (see more here). We also began running the EA Leader’s Forum, a small retreat-style gathering for the leading figures in the EA community,
This year, CEA expanded our events portfolio by running a number of small, targeted events for highly promising EAs with specialist skills or interests. These events are central to the strategy of the Individual Outreach team, which aims to identify people within the effective altruism community who could make big contributions to important projects and to help them have a greater impact. We’ve run five of these events so far and expect to run six such events over the rest of 2018.
The Events Specialist will be essential to ensuring the smooth execution of our entire events portfolio and to giving us the capacity to further expand the kinds of events we offer. This is a dynamic position requiring close coordination with virtually every team at CEA and with the wider EA community.
The responsibilities for this role will vary by experience, but are likely to include:
- Creating and following a project plan for a wide variety of events
- Managing various aspects of events including venue, vendor selection and liaison, catering and AV
- Understanding the goals of each event and creating agendas to match
- Liaising with speakers, volunteers, and attendees
- Managing external communications to promote and communicate key details of each event
- Managing and tracking the budget for each event
- Evaluating each event’s impact
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:
- Experience running large, logistically complex events.
- Experience running targeted, retreat-style events.
- Excellent organization skills, including a demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities.
- Excellent communication skills for liaising with vendors, speakers, VIPs, and our team.
- Heroic responsibility for ensuring every aspect of our events go well.
- Ability to act autonomously with little guidance, and be tenacious in ensuring that things get done.
- Desire to focus on building the EA movement as a primary pathway to improving the world.
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.