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

EDIT: The post for the Foundation’s CEO is now open. Applications close on 28th September. You can find more information here.

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 The role will be advertised formally in the coming months.