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CLOSED: Program Assistant

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Open Philanthropy is seeking a Program Assistant to support Luke Muehlhauser, who leads our work on AI policy and governance and forecasting. This role can be based out of our San Francisco office or be done fully remotely.

About the Role

You will work closely with Luke to find and organize information that will accelerate and help prioritize his grantmaking, maintain and improve our internal systems for tracking and improving our forecasts, and generally help free up more of his time.

We’ve described some broad categories your work would fall into below:

  • Work related to our internal forecasting efforts, which Luke supervises, would make up a substantial portion of your portfolio. This would involve maintaining our database of internal predictions, building dashboards for staff who want to track their forecasting accuracy, helping judge past forecasts for accuracy, and helping prepare internal & external reports about our forecasting efforts.
  • A variety of support tasks for our AI Governance & Policy grantmaking would generally take up the remainder of your time. This might include collecting data that can provide evidence about our AI governance program strategy or particular grant opportunities, sourcing AI-related contacts, drafting emails to grantees, applicants, and other contacts, and providing logistical support for a variety of AI-related projects.
  • You might also take on other projects as they arise, depending on our needs and personal fit — examples could include looking up facts or vetting claims related to Luke’s work, or conducting calls with external parties to ask them questions related to our research.

About You

There are no degree or work experience requirements for this position, and we are open to candidates with varying levels of seniority (though have scoped this role for a relatively junior hire). We think this role could be an especially good fit if you:

  • Are able to write clearly and professionally — you will need to be able to draft written communications to external stakeholders with minimal oversight.
  • Are detail-oriented and conscientious. Much of your work will involve tracking data and processes, and making sure details are entered correctly and nothing gets dropped.
  • Are service-minded, and comfortable with a support role that involves some repetition; you are motivated by the idea of contributing to what Open Philanthropy needs most, even if it’s not glamorous.

Some nice-to-have (but not required) characteristics include:

  • Past experience with spreadsheet-heavy work — the role will involve tracking large amounts of data and setting up formulas and views in Excel or Google Sheets, so experience with (and enjoyment) of this sort of work is a plus.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in our AI Policy & Governance grantmaking and/or the ideas of effective altruism.

Across roles, we value staff who are able to communicate clearly and honestly about what they think, are comfortable giving and receiving feedback (including upward feedback for their manager or the organization), 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 role can be done from our San Francisco office, or fully remotely (we will not give preference to candidates who can work from San Francisco, and Luke will not be based out of San Francisco). Though this is a full-time role by default, we might be open to part-time work if the best candidate can only work part-time.
  • The start date is somewhat flexible, but we would prefer that the hire be able to start as soon as possible after receiving an offer (which we hope will mean fairly early in the summer of 2021).
  • The compensation for this role is $75,644.72 with a baseline salary of $65,778.02 and an unconditional 401(k) contribution of $9,866.70.1
  • 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. However, we may be able to hire a successful applicant who lacks U.S. work authorization to work remotely outside the U.S.2

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. This salary assumes a U.S. location. There will be a cost-of-living adjustment upwards for candidates based in San Francisco and Washington D.C.
  • 2. We can’t guarantee equivalent benefits for an international hire, though we will try to provide core benefits.