Open Philanthropy is looking for a Recruiter to help us attract the talent we need to achieve our ambitious goals. Our staff of ~40 currently gives away over $150 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. Over the next decade, we plan to increase our giving by several times while continuing to raise our bar for impact.
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About the Role

Your goal would be to help us meet our immediate hiring needs while building a larger and more diverse pipeline for future hiring. You would spend much of your time identifying promising candidates and scheduling calls to talk about their interests and introduce them to Open Phil’s work. This could involve:

  • Developing Open Philanthropy’s strategy for proactive candidate outreach and pipeline building, with a focus on helping Open Philanthropy reach out to a broader and more diverse set of candidates.
  • Deepening relationships with high-promise, long-term recruiting prospects.
  • Organizing recruiting events, e.g. recruiting happy hours for groups of promising candidates.
  • Attending events (e.g. EA Global and other conferences/career fairs relevant to our work).
  • Soliciting referrals from current staff and others in our professional network.
  • Regularly conducting custom searches on LinkedIn, and using social media networks and other online forums (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Effective Altruism Forum).

    You would also help the rest of the recruiting team maintain solid systems and execute on longer-term projects by:

  • Helping maintain an organized database of past and prospective applicants, and tracking when to follow up.
  • Assisting with ongoing hiring rounds or projects based on capacity and interest (e.g. by assisting with candidate phone screens and reference calls or updating candidate-facing guides and templates).

    Finally, you would have significant autonomy to do research into new sourcing tools and strategies and to propose the projects you think would help the organization most. Over time, we expect you would take on significant responsibility in helping shape and execute our overall recruiting strategy.

    About You

    We think this could be a very high-impact and enjoyable role for somebody interested in operations, outreach, and relationship-building. You would spend much of your time meeting and talking with interesting people, and work within a small, close-knit recruiting team. We think this role could be a particularly good fit if you:

  • Are outgoing and energetic, skilled at setting people at ease, and would be happy in a job where a large proportion of your time is spent talking with people you’re meeting for the first time.
  • Have a solid understanding of Effective Altruism and Open Philanthropy’s focus areas, and are able to represent Open Phil and the EA community positively and persuasively to people with a wide range of backgrounds and levels of familiarity with our work.
  • Prefer to take ownership of a project and think through how to accomplish its goals rather than merely executing tasks as originally planned.
  • Are able to maintain organized systems and prioritize your tasks effectively.
  • Are comfortable with some repetitiveness in your work (e.g., some amount of sending similar emails to lists of people).
  • Have excellent English written and verbal communication skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • Are generally excited about helping Open Phil recruit mission-aligned, diverse, outstanding talent.

    While we scoped this role for a relatively junior hire, we’re willing to consider candidates with a wide range of seniority levels, and would likely be open to customizing and expanding the job duties based on skills, experience, and fit with Open Phil’s needs.

    Additional information

  • The baseline compensation for this role is $84,632 which includes a base salary of $73,593 and an unconditional 401(k) grant of $11,039. However, if a more experienced candidate were to apply and come in at a more senior level, we would consider a higher compensation level in line with our compensation principles. We would encourage you not to let uncertainty about salary deter you from applying.
  • The start date is flexible, but within 2020 or early 2021 is preferred.
  • This is a full-time position, which could be done fully remotely or from our San Francisco office, though we slightly prefer that the final hire be willing to move to the Bay Area when the office reopens.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including full health, dental, vision and life insurance, flexible work hours and location, a stipend for ergonomic equipment, and other benefits.
  • Unfortunately, we are currently unable to sponsor visas for this role, but we may be able to hire a successful applicant who lacks U.S. work-authorization to work remotely abroad.

    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

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