Update August 2018: We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

The Open Philanthropy Project is seeking an Operations Associate who is interested in contributing to an organization dedicated to effective philanthropy. Responsibilities are primarily tasks relating to external communications and internal coordination, grant tracking and processing, and other operational projects that arise.

About the Open Philanthropy Project

The Open Philanthropy Project 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 with the resources we have. Rather than choose focus areas based on funders’ personal passions, we stress openness to many possibilities and have chosen our focus areas based on importance, neglectedness and tractability. We’re particularly interested in high-risk, high-reward giving that may be too unconventional or long-term for other funders. Our current giving areas include global health and development, scientific research, criminal justice reform, farm animal welfare, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.

Job description

The Open Philanthropy Project seeks to identify areas in which we believe our funding could achieve the most good, and then make the best grants we can find in those areas. As our grantmaking has scaled up over the last few years, we have begun to build organizational infrastructure to support a large amount of grantmaking.

We are looking for an Operations Associate to join the operations team and help with a variety of projects. Responsibilities include:

  • Perform administrative tasks including data entry, answering inbound email, etc.
  • Help with the publishing process for the pages we write about our grants
  • Manage communication with external parties and route internally as needed
  • Help with administrative processes around grant management
  • A variety of additional duties depending on organizational needs and individual preferences and abilities

Qualifications and characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Enjoy solving operational problems and getting things done
  • Proactive and motivated to iterate on current processes and build efficient systems
  • Reliable; able to perform data entry and other tasks with a very low rate of errors
  • Able to work responsively, switching between tasks and re-ordering priorities based on new information
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and professionally as well as communicate effectively by phone and email

Additional information

  • This is a full-time position based in San Francisco.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our staff, GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at jobs@openphilanthropy.org.

To apply

Please email jobs@openphilanthropy.org with your resume and a cover letter attached.