Update November 2018: This application is now closed.
The Open Philanthropy Project— a grantmaker working to give away billions of dollars to improve well-being as much as possible — is seeking two to three Operations Associates. We are currently a ~25-person organization giving away over $100 million per year, and we plan to grow to meet our main funders’ goal of giving away the majority of their wealth within their lifetimes. We also aspire to become a key source of giving recommendations and a role model organization for other major philanthropists.
Our operations team will be responsible for helping build a sustainable, scalable organization as we increase our giving. This will include significantly expanding and improving our current grants management system as well as helping build out our operations, including finance, budgeting, HR, IT, office management, employee development and engagement, and legal capabilities. For this team, we seek capable generalists who are passionate about our mission, excited by the challenge of building a great organization, and comfortable with a fluid role.
The Open Philanthropy Project (“Open Phil”) identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results, and publishes our findings. Our main funders are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook and Asana. We aim to do as much good as possible, and our current giving areas include global health and development, scientific research, U.S. policy (primarily criminal justice reform and farm animal welfare), and global catastrophic risks (primarily biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence).
To help us continue to build a great organization, we are looking for a few Associates for our operations team. Responsibilities will encompass a wide range of areas based both on changing organizational needs and personal fit, but could include the following types of activities:
- Mission-motivated - you care about contributing to what Open Phil needs most and getting things done, even if it’s not always glamorous
- Owning your work - you pursue the underlying goal of a project by using your own judgment and discretion rather than simply executing a task list handed to you. You see yourself as responsible for results
- Open - you share and seek information, including critical feedback
- Inclusive - you help ensure that Open Phil is a place where everyone who embodies our core values can succeed
- Project management - you can successfully manage a project from beginning to end, from the big picture to the minor details
- Systems-thinking - you enjoy designing processes and systems that can drive efficiency in a growing organization
- Task prioritization and organization - you are able to effectively prioritize and organize a wide variety of responsibilities
- Strong communication - you are responsive and communicate clearly and helpfully
- Thorough and perceptive - you pay attention to the details and not much escapes your attention (but don’t worry - we know everyone makes mistakes sometimes!)
- Comfortable with some uncertainty and open-ended projects
- Hardworking and reliable with good judgment - we know we can count on you to do your best to support Open Phil
- This is a full-time position based in San Francisco.
- Starting salary: $70,000 plus an annual 401k grant contribution of $10,500 and a competitive benefits package
Across the organization, our employees are challenged with meaningful work, have the resources for ongoing professional development and learning, and contribute to a collegial and engaging environment where they can thrive. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, people of color, and individuals with disabilities who are excited about contributing to our mission.
As part of our dedication to equal employment opportunity and the diversity of our staff, the Open Philanthropy Project does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We expect all staff to understand and value racial, gender, and other forms of equity as operating principles, and to be open to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected]. Please note that for this position we’re currently not accepting applications from candidates who need authorization to work in the USA.
These are the skills and motivations we’re looking for. Many of these skills aptly describe your current strengths and you are eager to grow and develop your abilities across these areas.