Open Philanthropy is aiming to hire a Grants Associate to help support our grantmaking growth. Open Philanthropy currently gives away over $200 million per year with the aim of doing as much good as we can per dollar, in causes like criminal justice reform, farm animal welfare, and biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and transformative basic science. Our four-person Grants Management team plays an important role in facilitating Open Philanthropy’s mission of doing as much good as possible for people and animals by providing logistical, administrative, and compliance support related to our grantmaking.

Update June 2021: This position has now been filled.

About the Role

Your core responsibilities would include:

  • Managing the process of getting funding to grantees once it has been internally approved. This includes determining which vehicle is best suited to make the grant, coordinating with grantees and program staff to get the necessary information, and communicating with external funding entities to ensure grants are paid on time and don’t encounter any roadblocks.
  • Knowledge- and information-management related to grants, including record-keeping and updates in Salesforce, maintenance of processes/workflows/guides, tracking of check-ins and renewals, and managing key documents.
  • Identifying and managing legal and compliance risk related to grant-making activities and related vehicles, in collaboration with our legal team.
  • Noticing areas for improvement and bringing them to the attention of the team. (We’re big on looking for ways to continually improve our systems and practices to better support Open Philanthropy’s mission.)
  • Taking on other special projects related to grants management (past examples have included developing training for new program staff, managing our annual grantee survey process, and designing a formal Individual Grants Program to more easily fund individuals).

The Grants Management team’s goal is to support grantees and program officers — and we’re proud to have historically received excellent reviews from our stakeholders. Our long-term vision is to develop the infrastructure and capacity to support a much higher volume of giving, while maintaining our current quality of service.

About you

We are open to applicants with varying levels of experience, and we don’t expect you to have any familiarity with grantmaking yet (we have training available). We think this role could be a particularly good fit if you:

  • Are a strong communicator, particularly in writing. You will need to manage a large volume of email correspondence, and sometimes explain complex issues to grantees clearly and succinctly.
  • Are reliable and responsive — fielding questions and requests from grantees and program officers will be a key piece of the role.
  • Are organized and detail oriented. The day-to-day work will involve following processes to organize and track information about grants, and we will need someone who can keep on top of a large number of open items and next steps while making sure details don’t get dropped.
  • Are a fast learner, and excited about working through novel challenges. Open Phil funds a wide range of grant activities and organizations, and this variability can present unforeseen logistical problems that we strive to resolve as quickly as we can.
  • Are service-minded, and comfortable with some amount of repetition in your work; you are motivated by the idea of contributing to what Open Phil needs most, even if it’s not glamorous.
  • Are familiar with and excited about our work (past familiarity with and interest in effective altruism more broadly is a plus).

    Across roles, we value staff who are able to communicate clearly and honestly about what they think, are comfortable giving and receiving feedback, and interested in taking ownership of their work and proactively seeking ways to help Open Philanthropy meet its goals. For more information about the qualities we look for in employees at Open Philanthropy, see here.

    Additional information

    • This is a full-time position, which could be done fully remotely or from our San Francisco office, and the start date is flexible.1
    • The compensation for this role is $80,325.07 which includes a base salary of $69,847.89 and an unconditional 401(k) grant of $10,477.18.2
    • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including full health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible work hours and location, and a stipend for ergonomic equipment.
    • Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas for this role.

      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. Open Philanthropy 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 [email protected].

      • 1. Currently, all Open Philanthropy staff are working from home due to COVID-19 and will continue to do so until it is deemed safe to work from the SF office.
      • 2. There would be a cost of living adjustment upwards applied to this salary for candidates based out of San Francisco.