Seeking a CEO for new x-risk funding charity in the UK

We are in the pro­cess of set­ting up a char­i­ta­ble or­gani­sa­tion with the aim of fund­ing re­search in the UK on ex­is­ten­tial risk re­duc­tion and sup­port­ing the work of the Fu­ture of Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute. We’d like to re­cruit a skil­led and highly or­ganised pro­fes­sional to sup­port and ex­e­cute the fis­cal and ad­minis­tra­tive re­spon­si­bil­ities of the or­gani­sa­tion as it grows.

Un­der di­rec­tion from a ded­i­cated board of com­pany di­rec­tors and trustees, the CEO will play the pivotal role in the scal­ing up of op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing steer­ing the or­gani­sa­tion through reg­is­tra­tion as a char­ity and as a visa spon­sor; over­see­ing the dis­burse­ment of philan­thropic funds in line with the re­search fund­ing strat­egy; en­sur­ing that the or­gani­sa­tion meets all ad­minis­tra­tive, op­er­a­tional and re­port­ing re­spon­si­bil­ities as it grows (work­ing with pro­fes­sional ser­vice con­trac­tors where nec­es­sary); re­cruit­ment and man­age­ment of con­trac­tors and ad­di­tional staff; over­see­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the or­gani­sa­tion and re­spond­ing to ex­ter­nal queries; and ex­e­cut­ing on the di­rec­tors’ pri­ori­ties and strat­egy for the or­gani­sa­tion. Strate­gic pri­ori­ties and re­spon­si­bil­ities are likely to shift as the or­gani­sa­tion grows, and so the postholder must be will­ing to work flex­ibly and to adapt their role to the chang­ing needs of the or­gani­sa­tion.

The ideal postholder will be highly or­ganised and re­source­ful, with strong prob­lem-solv­ing skills and the abil­ity to thrive in a self-driven role with mul­ti­ple con­cur­rent re­spon­si­bil­ities. They should be able to work in­de­pen­dently to man­age their own work­load and ex­e­cute the strate­gic pri­ori­ties in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the com­pany di­rec­tors. They should have ex­cel­lent at­ten­tion to de­tail, abil­ity to effec­tively col­lab­o­rate with lawyers (and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for le­gal sen­si­tivi­ties and how they im­pact the or­gani­sa­tion), and be able to effec­tively over­see the work of a se­ries of ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors, part­ners and ad­minis­tra­tive sup­port staff.

Ex­pe­rience in op­er­a­tions/​ad­minis­tra­tive roles or in a start-up en­vi­ron­ment is preferred. The postholder should have a strong per­sonal al­ign­ment with the or­gani­sa­tion’s aim of re­duc­ing ex­is­ten­tial risk.

Work­ing hours and lo­ca­tion are flex­ible, but can­di­dates should be able to phys­i­cally at­tend mul­ti­ple meet­ings in Oxford each week. The postholder must have the ex­ist­ing abil­ity to work in the UK.

Please send in­for­mal ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est or queries to fu­ture­ofhu­man­i­ty­in­sti­ The role will be ad­ver­tised for­mally in the com­ing months.