Summary

We’re a community that is focused on inspiring and empowering altruistic and ambitious people in Germany to use their careers to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

EA Germany is looking for:

  • A Director (Team) This would either be two co-directors, or a director and an assistant director, depending on the candidates who apply and their preferences.
  • A Project Manager

To apply, please complete this form by 17th July. If you are interested in working for EA Germany, but the roles above do not appeal to you, please leave your details here (1min). We are planning on opening more roles in the future, but want to focus on the most essential ones for now.

We are offering a €1000 reward to anyone who refers this role to the successfully hired candidate(s) (the candidate must include your name as the referrer on their application form - the current EA Germany team, and CEA employees are not eligible for this reward).

EA Germany’s Vision

EA Germany is the 3rd largest EA community in the world. However, given that Australia has a similar number of EAs, despite only having 1/4th of Germany’s population, we think that there is considerable room for rapid community growth.

We are currently in the process of redefining our national strategy, and successful candidates would work with the newly elected board to define ambitious plans for the German EA community.

EA Germany aims to increase the number of people working on and donating to some of the world’s most important problems. We are working to build a community that has:

  • A culture of curiosity and caring: People are strongly focused on how to help others. The culture is oriented towards high openness to unconventional ideas, aiming for strong critical thinking, and always seeking to improve and refine EA ideas and ways of working.
  • People pursuing ambitious ideas and projects in a thoughtful way: People tend to start several small side projects to test skills or improve current ways of doing things. Other national and local groups have started exciting projects such as the Swiss Existential Risk Initiative, the AGI Safety Fundamentals Course, the Swiss Ballot initiative and Animal Empathy Philippines.
  • A focus and respect for execution and actively trying to apply EA principles in their daily lives: Most discussions are about object-level issues, and most people who leave the local community, go on to apply EA principles to ambitious, high-impact direct work (e.g. AI alignment or a megaproject).

About EA Germany

The German EA community has already had significant impact on the world. Community members have conducted leading COVID research, launched the Future Matters Project, moved tens of millions of Euros donations per year to effective charities through effektiv-spenden.org alone and moved billions of euros to more effective policy interventions.1

Since 2021, EA Germany has been led by Manuel Allgaier. Manuel’s grant is ending soon and he does not plan to apply for renewed funding so that he can focus on EAGxBerlin and other EA meta projects. EAGxBerlin with its expected 500-1000 attendees already takes much of Manuel’s time and will be a full-time job by September, and after three years of working in general (broad) EA movement building, Manuel feels ready for the next step and would like to explore more specific (longtermist) meta projects (email him if you’d like to know more). Manuel would like you to know that he enjoyed working for EA Germany and still cares deeply about the community. He thinks there is a lot more potential for impact and he is happy to give advice and support the new team as well as he can.

All roles would be working alongside Christiane Ranke (Operations Associate at EA Germany).

The newly appointed board members for EA Germany are Jona Glade, Anneke Pogarell, Moritz Hanke, Birte Spekker, Jonathan Michel and Sara Elsholz.

1A community member who would like to remain anonymous and his team have moved billions of EU budget during the German EU presidency.

About the Director Role

Despite having one of the world’s largest EA communities, the EA Germany team is currently very small. We need an ambitious leader that can inspire a team to develop a vision and implement a thriving and impact-driven community in Germany.

The role is dynamic, and the exact demands will depend on the strategy of EA Germany. Nonetheless, typical tasks include:

Strategy

  • Determining the strategic priorities for EA Germany
  • Tracking and evaluating our impact

Projects

  • Identifying and executing pilot projects that leverage the distinctive competencies of Germany
  • Hiring a team to scale-up successful pilot projects

Management

  • Leading and managing full- or part-time hires
  • Coordinating and supporting volunteers

Events

  • Preparing events by building on existing material and developing new concepts
  • Running events or overseeing and supporting volunteers/paid organisers in running them

1-on-1 support

  • Supporting group members in learning more about EA, e.g. via 1-on-1 calls (this can also be done by hires / others on the team)
  • Providing career advice and facilitating connections with others (this can also be done by hires / others on the team)

Communication

  • Responding to messages and requests from group members, potential group members, EA related organisations, etc
  • Coordinating with EA-related groups in Germany and other EA groups worldwide, and representing the German community in international discussions

The nature of the role will likely vary significantly depending on the candidate’s skill set and ambitions for the community. As a result, we expect this to be an exciting opportunity for candidates of different levels of seniority and with prior experience.

You will have regular contact with the board, who are able to give feedback on the role. Nonetheless, this feedback is advisory, rather than binding, and you will have the freedom to guide the team as you see fit.

Work hours are generally flexible, but evening and weekend work is required for certain events. We are open to candidates from anywhere in Germany, however, we have a slight preference for candidates who would live in Berlin, although sometimes you may need to travel to attend certain events.

Key Criteria for the Managing Director
We expect a successful candidate to:

  • Have a deep understanding of the ideas of effective altruism
  • Be able to communicate these ideas clearly
  • Be able to work independently in a results-oriented and structured way
  • Be keen to prototype new ideas or projects, and iterate quickly
  • Be able to work in and manage a team in a reliable, constructive, and respectful way
  • See the big picture, think strategically, and prioritise accordingly

Fulfilling these additional criteria would be beneficial:

  • Experience in EA community building
  • A strong understanding of the relevant considerations determining the value of EA community building
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excitement about collaborating and communicating with community members from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Leadership and/or mentorship experience
  • Experience organising and running events such as discussions, talks, socials or seminars
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more cause areas in effective altruism (e.g. existential risks, global health/poverty, animal welfare)
  • Experience in public speaking, social media, and/or writing articles
  • Fluency in German will make coordination with external stakeholders, community members and service providers easier

Many excellent candidates will have some (but not all) of these characteristics, and we encourage you to apply even if you do not have all of the characteristics listed in either of the categories.

At present we are unsure if we can sponsor visas for this position. If you would need a visa to work in Germany on this, please reach out to us to discuss.

Compensation
A successful applicant will be funded via a Community Building Grant from the Centre for Effective Altruism. The compensation for this role will be between EUR 60.000-80.000 (adjusted based on hours for part-time work and with flexibility for exceptional candidates). Other benefits include 30 days of paid leave per year. We provide all employees with a EUR 2500 personal development budget. The Director would be an employee of EA Germany (registered association).

About the Project Manager role

Many EA groups have acted as incubators for highly effective projects, such as CHERI, AGI SF, Animal Empathy Philippines, and Geeffektivt. These can be spun out into their own organisations, or continue to be run by an EA group.

We are excited for a candidate to:

  • Identify and prioritise pilot projects that leverage the distinctive competencies of Germany
  • Execute pilot projects, whilst also iterating to improve projects
  • Measure the impact of projects, initially detecting early signs of promise, and later measuring end-to-end counterfactual impact
  • Discontinue projects when they are not delivering sufficient impact (an under-rated skill)
  • Hire a team to scale potential projects

A successful candidate will identify the potential projects, but an illustrative example could be an EA-aligned think tank geared towards helping the new WHO pandemic prevention hub in Berlin.

Project Manager Recruitment Criteria
We expect a successful candidate to:

  • Be familiar with and interested in the ideas of effective altruism
  • Be able to work independently in a results-oriented and structured way
  • Be keen to prototype new ideas or projects, and iterate quickly
  • Be quick to execute, with a focus on delivering value early and iteratively

Fulfilling these additional criteria would be beneficial:

  • Experience in start-ups or launching projects
  • Clear mental maps of how EA work translates to impact
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excitement about collaborating and communicating with community members from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Fluency in German will make coordination with external stakeholders, community members and service providers easier

Many excellent candidates will have some (but not all) of these characteristics, and we encourage you to apply even if you do not have all of the characteristics listed in either of the categories.

At present we are unsure if we can sponsor visas for this position. If you would need a visa to work in Germany on this please reach out to us to discuss.

Project Manager Compensation
A successful applicant will be funded via a Community Building Grant from the Centre for Effective Altruism. The compensation for this role will be between EUR 50.000-75.000 (adjusted based on hours for part-time work and with flexibility for exceptional candidates). Other benefits include 30 days of paid leave per year. We provide all employees with a EUR 2500 personal development budget. The Project Manager would be an employee of EA Germany (registered association).

To Apply

To apply, please complete this form. Applications close at 23:59 CET on 17th July.

Applications will be assessed by CEA and the EA Germany team.

Our process will consist of:

  1. Filling in the application form, adding your CV
  2. Work test (less than 2h), which is paid
  3. Interview
  4. [Potentially] 1 day paid work trial
  5. If we end up with 2 very promising candidates for the director's role, we might set up an additional trial task to test their team fit
  6. Reference check

We will notify you at each stage whether you advance in the process.
The starting date for the position will be determined together with the successful applicant. We are keen for someone to start soon but we could wait if needed. As such we welcome applicants who are currently students and could not start until the summer/autumn.

We’d be happy to discuss this opportunity with any potential applicants. Please contact Robert Gledhill (CEA), Manuel Allgaier (current Director) or Christiane Ranke (Operations), with any questions you might have: rob.gledhill@centreforeffectivealtruism.org, manuel.allgaier@effektiveraltruismus.de, christiane.ranke@effektiveraltruismus.de.

Additional Information
Centre for Effective Altruism Website
Effective Altruism Community Building Grants Website