Co-Director

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Summary

  • Work with fellow professional community builders and volunteers to grow the German Effective Altruism (EA) community and help its members increase their impact
  • Start with running programs, organising events & coaching community members and quickly grow into the co-director role
  • Initial contract for 6 or 12 months, long-term funding if successful
  • Part-time or full-time, flexible working hours, German & English required

About the German Effective Altruism community

Effective Altruism (EA) is a philosophy and social movement that uses evidence and reasoning to determine the most effective ways to help others. It’s a diverse community of researchers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists spread around the globe, working together on various causes such as global health, animal welfare and risks of emerging technologies to reduce suffering and improve lives as good as they can.

The German EA community spans 25 city groups, 200-300 highly engaged members and >2000 followers, which makes it the third-largest in the world. The community consists of students and professionals from a variety of fields. We have researchers at the Max Planck Society, civil servants working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, philanthropy organisations such as effektiv-spenden.org and legacies.now, non-profit & for-profit entrepreneurs, donors earning to give and many more. Now we want to hire additional paid staff to better support the growing community and multiply its impact.

About the role

You will work closely with the Director of EA Germany (Manuel Allgaier) and various group organizers and other community building volunteers to grow and support the community, engage people with the ideas of effective altruism and help them find the best way to do good.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Running programs that allow participants to engage with EA ideas in both German and English, both virtual and in-person (see CEA virtual programs to get an impression)
  • Organising events for the community, such as meetups, conferences, retreats, workshops, talks, discussion groups etc
  • Supporting community members individually
    Welcoming new members & introducing them to relevant people and resources
    Providing 1-1 (career) mentorship to help them do more good
  • Communications
    Help maintaining online presence (Website, Facebook etc)
    (Help) moderating online discussions
  • Supporting Manuel with some of his responsibilities, such as
    Researching high impact careers in Germany / DACH region
    Supporting local, cause and career groups
    Tracking impact and evaluating strategy
  • Managing volunteers to help with those responsibilities

If time allows, these could be additional responsibilities:

  • Some operations work such as IT, accounting & legal work (though this could also be outsourced)
  • Targeted outreach to particularly promising groups
  • Starting projects that both engage volunteers and have direct impact, such as EAF’s ballot initiative which doubled Zurich’s development aid budget

The work will be largely self-directed, you can shape this role according to your skills and interests and bring in your own ideas.

Your team

You will mostly work with the EA Germany Director (Manuel Allgaier):

  • Five years experience in community building & charity management, of which two years professionally at EA Berlin, recently received funding for EA Germany
  • Keen to introduce you to community building, share his knowledge and work together

Besides that, there are various engaged volunteers:

..and a global support network:

  • Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), particularly Joan (CB Grants), Catherine (group support), Julia & Sky (both community health)
  • Global CEA CB Grantee network: 25 professional (full-time) community builders spread across the globe in cities such as London, New York, Singapore and Geneva.

All of the above are happy to discuss strategy, give advice and support. NEAD, group organizers and CB Grantees network meet regularly on (virtual) retreats and conferences.

You

We expect a successful candidate to:

  • Be passionate about helping others to do the most good
  • Be familiar with and interested in the ideas of effective altruism
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, and be excited about collaborating and communicating with community members from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Work well both independently and in a team, be well-organised and reliable & constructive
  • Be fluent in English and German

Fulfilling these additional criteria would be beneficial but is not required:

  • Prior experience with effective altruism community building
  • Prior experience in project management and other operations work
  • Prior experience organising events of any kind (both professional and private events)
  • Prior experience in coaching or mentoring
  • Prior experience in communications
  • Prior involvement with the German EA community
  • Living in Berlin, willing to relocate (we can help find housing) or travel there regularly, as well as attend important events such as EA Germany retreats in person
  • Many excellent candidates will have some (but not all) of these characteristics. If in doubt, please apply.

Compensation

The default salary is based on the international community building grants standard rate defined by the Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA), which for full-time is € 34 000 per year before all tax (“Arbeitgeberbrutto”). After tax, this is € 19 000 - 22 000 per year (€ 1600 - 1800 per month). There is some flexibility for exceptional candidates and for special financial needs such as higher living costs, which can be discussed during the application process. In addition, all work-related costs such as commuting, traveling to (international) conferences, computer and office space or home office equipment will be covered.

Work environment and culture

  • A desk in an EA community space in Berlin-Wedding, shared with fellow EA community members (remote work or home office is also possible, but coming to the Berlin office at least 1-2 days per week on most weeks is strongly preferred)
  • Flexible working hours and autonomous time management (no unnecessary mandatory meetings, no micromanagement)
  • Flexible vacation time (up to six weeks paid vacation plus optional unpaid vacation)
  • Open communication, critical thinking encouraged, regular constructive mutual feedback
  • Ample opportunities training and personal development (both through CEA as well as self-organised or with Manuel)

Note that some events will be in the evenings and on weekends, and some require (inter-)national travel to conferences