Job opportunity at the Future of Humanity Institute and Global Priorities Institute

In brief:

Both the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute (FHI) and the Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute (GPI) are look­ing to rapidly ex­pand in the near fu­ture. This is a great challenge and, to make it hap­pen quickly and smoothly, both in­sti­tutes have a press­ing need for op­er­a­tions staff. They are look­ing to jointly hire a Se­nior Ad­minis­tra­tor, who will over­see the day-to-day non-aca­demic man­age­ment and ad­minis­tra­tion of both re­search cen­tres.

This is an ex­tremely im­por­tant role for both in­sti­tutes—hav­ing the right per­son in the role would likely be as valuable as re­ceiv­ing more than £1 mil­lion per year in ad­di­tional fund­ing (see also this re­cent post by 80,000 Hours). Please con­sider ap­ply­ing and, if you know any­one else who might be qual­ified and in­ter­ested, please let them know.

The Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity Institute

Most read­ers here will likely have heard of them but, if not, the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute is a lead­ing re­search cen­tre within the Univer­sity of Oxford which looks at big-pic­ture ques­tions for hu­man civil­i­sa­tion. Aca­demics at FHI bring the tools of math­e­mat­ics, philos­o­phy, so­cial sci­ences, and sci­ence to bear on big-pic­ture ques­tions about hu­man­ity and its prospects, seek­ing to fo­cus their work where they can make the great­est pos­i­tive differ­ence over the long term. To read more about FHI’s work, please see their web­site.

The Global Pri­ori­ties Institute

The Global Pri­ori­ties In­sti­tute is a newly es­tab­lished re­search cen­tre, also within the Univer­sity of Oxford. Its aim is to de­velop the in­tel­lec­tual roots of the effec­tive al­tru­ism move­ment with an aca­demic level of rigour and de­tail, and to spread EA the­ory and con­cerns through­out academia. Although effec­tive al­tru­ism is gain­ing in­creas­ing trac­tion in the non-profit world, it has gained com­par­a­tively lit­tle within academia and, as a re­sult, may po­ten­tially be miss­ing out on valuable con­tri­bu­tions from many tal­ented re­searchers and well-re­spected figures. GPI seeks to im­prove this situ­a­tion. To find out more, please see their web­site. Alter­na­tively, see this edi­tion of the 80,000 Hours pod­cast or this Effec­tive Altru­ism Global talk by Michelle Hutch­in­son.

Role Summary

Both in­sti­tutes are en­ter­ing a pe­riod of rapid ex­pan­sion and are look­ing to hire a Se­nior Ad­minis­tra­tor (Va­cancy ID 133951), who will be an in­te­gral part of es­tab­lish­ing and em­bed­ding com­plex op­er­a­tional pro­ce­dures. The suc­cess­ful can­di­date will be re­spon­si­ble for effec­tively putting into prac­tice our plans, par­tic­u­larly in the ar­eas of fi­nance, per­son­nel and ad­minis­tra­tion. S/​he will provide com­pre­hen­sive sup­port in re­la­tion to HR mat­ters in both in­sti­tutes, will over­see the plan­ning and man­age­ment of their fi­nances and will provide strate­gic ad­vice on ad­minis­tra­tive mat­ters.

This is a challeng­ing role in rapidly ex­pand­ing ar­eas, re­quiring a proac­tive mind­set, con­sid­er­able ini­ti­a­tive, in­tel­lec­tual abil­ity and ver­sa­tility and the readi­ness and flex­i­bil­ity to do the work re­quired to best achieve the In­sti­tutes’ goals. It will also need ex­cel­lent op­er­a­tional and or­gani­sa­tional skills and sig­nifi­cant ex­pe­rience of fi­nan­cial and per­son­nel man­age­ment. In ad­di­tion, it re­quires strengths in gen­eral man­age­ment and in writ­ten and oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The Se­nior Ad­minis­tra­tor will work largely in­de­pen­dently, and will need to re­late well to both aca­demic and ad­minis­tra­tive staff at all lev­els.

Can­di­dates should ap­ply on­line via this link. You will be re­quired to up­load a sup­port­ing state­ment and CV as part of your on­line ap­pli­ca­tion.

The clos­ing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is 12.00 noon on April 20th, 2018.