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Applications for this position must be received no later than Wednesday, March 31st 2021, 1:00 am BST

Position description

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is seeking a Finance and Data Lead to manage $42 million in turnover across five major EA organizations, and to analyze the data that drives our work.

CEA aims to improve the world by supporting the growth and development of the effective altruism community. Effective altruism is a growing social movement dedicated to using evidence and reason to figure out how to benefit others as much as possible.

CEA is also the fiscal sponsor of 80,000 Hours, Giving What We Can, EA Funds, and the Forethought Foundation. In this role, you will provide vital financial support and analysis to all of these organizations. You may also help to determine the investment strategy for our reserves. You will manage payroll and expenses for over 85 staff, and improve the systems that allow us to make over 300 grants per year to some of the world's most effective altruistic projects.

You will help to develop systems to track CEA's impact, including through the analysis of data on our projects. These systems will allow us to find and focus on the most impactful areas of our work.

We are a small team with high standards. You can find our team values here. We are growing rapidly, and we are looking for someone who can take ownership of many of our core systems and create more efficient, user-friendly, and scalable processes. This is a high-stakes position, which could offer the right person a great deal of autonomy and responsibility.

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Job Description

You will be responsible for overseeing financial planning and control for CEA. This will include liaising closely with CEA staff and trustees, and managing relationships with accountants, auditors, and legal advisors. You will also be responsible for building and maintaining systems to support CEA’s front-facing staff.

Your role will range from complicated long-term projects to oversight of the day-to-day tasks that keep CEA running.

Responsibilities include:

Proactively supporting CEA’s financial well-being

  • Working collaboratively with executives and project leads to draft and review budgets
  • Analyzing financial performance, including spend against budget and cost-effectiveness
  • Monitoring financial resilience (runway estimates, cash flow forecasting) across multiple organisations
  • Creating and presenting financial reports for trustees and management
  • Reviewing our financial records for accuracy and completeness

Day-to-day financial processing and oversight

  • Developing and maintaining financial systems that save time for staff
  • Overseeing financial controls
  • Coordinating with our bookkeepers to ensure accurate accounting
  • Implementing and overseeing an efficient system to ensure all invoices, grants, and expenses are paid on time
  • Processing payroll and overseeing the expense system

Overseeing CEA’s balance sheet

  • Maintaining fixed asset policies
  • Leading engagement with US and UK audit teams
  • Creating financial models that support fundraising asks

Providing management and strategic input on large operational decisions

  • Prioritising between various financial projects and activities
  • Resolving questions from trustees and providing impartial analysis of contentious and sensitive topics
  • Creating financial reports and tracking metrics that are used across the organization

We also expect that you will help to develop our systems for tracking data, and provide other data analysis, though we are less certain about what this will entail.

Who is suited to this role?

We would prefer previous experience in accounting or finance, but we are open to other backgrounds as well. Less experienced candidates must demonstrate excellent potential to learn quickly. Within the first few months, we expect you to get up to speed on complex and critical financial systems and processes.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A quick learner: We process thousands of transactions annually, across two countries and six projects, while complying with many different regulations and restrictions. You'll have to learn quickly to keep up.

  • Detail-oriented: You will be combing through financial data and models, so you need a keen eye for inconsistencies and errors.

  • Passionate about systems: If you get excited by APIs, complex spreadsheets, and automation, this role may be for you.

  • Highly organized: This role requires tracking several concurrent projects, prioritising effectively, and directing attention to what's most important.

  • Committed: We're looking for someone who is excited to stick with us as our programs grow, and who wants to commit for at least two years.

  • Mission-driven: Our ideal candidate is passionate about the goals of CEA and its constituent organizations.

  • Skilled in data analysis: Our ideal candidate can analyze and present data effectively. Any related programming/technical skills are desirable.

Salary, Benefits, and Location

This is a full-time role, reporting to Josh Axford, Head of Operations. We prefer applicants who are able to work from our headquarters in Oxford, UK (once it is safe to do so given COVID-related considerations). However, we will consider remote work for exceptional candidates.

The salary range for the position is £48,000 to £55,000 for a junior hire (less than 5 years of financial experience), and up to £63,000 for candidates with more than 5 years of financial experience. 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, 25 days of paid vacation, and more.

Application Process

We will consider applications as we receive them. Ideally, we'd like our chosen candidate to start work between April and July 2021.

After considering written applications, 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 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.

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