HR Associate


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Position description

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) is looking for an HR Associate to help support 80+ people across 7 major EA organisations.

CEA’s mission is to build a community of students and professionals acting on EA principles, by creating and sustaining high-quality discussion spaces. The effective altruism community is a global community of people who care deeply about the world, make helping others a significant part of their lives, and use evidence and reason to figure out how best to do so.

CEA fiscally sponsors the following six organisations:

  • 80,000 Hours
  • Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research
  • Effective Altruism Funds
  • Giving What We Can
  • Centre for Governance of AI
  • Longview Philanthropy

In this role, you’ll provide vital operational support to all of these organisations. You’ll manage onboarding and record-keeping for 80+ staff, and improve the systems that allow us to hire new staff — and sponsor new organisations — each year.

We’re a small team with high standards. We’re growing rapidly, and we’re looking for someone who can own the administration of many of our core HR systems — and help create more efficient, user-friendly, and scalable processes.


You will:

Administer new staff

  • Create HR records for new staff
  • Maintain HR records for all staff
  • Add new staff to necessary systems and services

Ensure new staff have a good experience

  • Execute employment contracts efficiently
  • Send new staff onboarding materials in a timely manner
  • Monitor status of new staff

Keep accurate records

  • Keep data in sync between various HR systems
  • Create and maintain a “people dashboard”
  • Establish system for logging staff equipment

Who’s suited to this role?

This role will suit an ambitious recent graduate who can own and improve company-wide processes. We’re also open to those with previous experience in (people) operations and other backgrounds. Less experienced candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent potential to learn and develop quickly. Within the first few months, we expect you to get up to speed on complex and critical HR systems and processes.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Detail-oriented: You’ll be dealing with sensitive HR records, so you need a keen eye for inconsistencies and errors.
  • Highly organised: You’ll be tracking several concurrent projects, prioritising effectively, and directing attention to what’s most important.
  • Proactive: You’ll anticipate issues before they arise, and suggest improvements to existing processes.
  • Solution-oriented: You’ll consider and suggest solutions whenever raising a problem within the team or other staff.
  • Passionate about systems: You’ll look to automate your work wherever possible.
  • Excited to provide an excellent service: You’ll treat staff across the organisations as “customers,” in the sense that you’ll attend to their experience as they join or leave the organisation.
  • An excellent communicator: You’ll need to write clearly to limit back-and-forth dialogue, concisely to save staff time, and empathetically to make staff feel considered.

Career Progression

  • If you excel in this role, you’ll probably be promoted to an Operations Specialist after two years. This will give you the opportunity to work within other Operations sub-teams.
  • This career path suits an aspiring Head of HR or Office Manager. It sets you up for a career within charity operations, which may eventually lead to a Head, Director, or Chief Operations role.

Salary, benefits, and location

This is a full-time role, reporting to Andrew Leeke, Operations Specialist. We prefer applicants who are able to work from our headquarters in Oxford, UK, but we’ll consider remote work for exceptional candidates.

Your starting salary range is £45,000 to £50,000, depending on prior experience and location. There may be flexibility in salary for exceptional candidates with significant experience. Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible work hours, a £5,000 annual professional development allowance, a £5,000 mental health support allowance, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, 3% pension contribution, 25 days of paid vacation, and more.


We’ll consider applications as we receive them. We are ideally looking for someone able to start in March 2022.

After considering your written application, we may invite you to complete a short trial task followed by further interviews. We’ll invite finalists to provide references and participate in a multi-day paid work trial.

We’re happy to consider applicants from overseas and may consider sponsorship if needed. CEA serves a global community, and our team works with people and organisations all over the world. We’re committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, and we encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, gender minorities, and people of colour who are excited about contributing to our mission. We are an equal opportunities employer.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other questions about applying, please contact