The Open Philanthropy Project is seeking a Grants Associate to help process philanthropic grants totaling more than 100 million dollars per year. The Grants Associate will be responsible for collecting the information needed to process each grant, liaising between Open Philanthropy staff and grantee organizations, and responding pragmatically to unanticipated issues. We are seeking someone who is interested in effective philanthropy, with excellent attention to detail, organizational skills and communication skills.
About the Open Philanthropy Project
The Open Philanthropy Project identifies outstanding giving opportunities, makes grants, follows the results, and publishes our findings. Our main funders are Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook and Asana.
We aim to do as much good as possible with the resources we have. Rather than choose focus areas based on funders’ personal passions, we stress openness to many possibilities and have chosen our focus areas based on importance, neglectedness and tractability. We’re particularly interested in high-risk, high-reward giving that may be too unconventional or long-term for other funders. Our current giving areas include global health and development, scientific research, criminal justice reform, farm animal welfare, biosecurity and pandemic preparedness, and potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence.
The Open Philanthropy Project seeks to identify areas in which we believe our funding could achieve the most good, and then make the best grants we can find in those areas. As our grantmaking has scaled up over the last few years, we have begun to build organizational infrastructure to support a large amount of grantmaking.
The team we call “grant logistics” handles the stages between when a grant has been approved by decisionmakers and when the grant is paid. We are looking for a Grants Associate to join the grant logistics team. Responsibilities include:
- Following processes to collect information about each grant, track the grant in our internal systems, and ensure that it is progressing in a timely manner
- Making suggestions to improve those processes and systems
- Using your knowledge of Open Philanthropy’s principles and goals, and your judgment, to handle unexpected issues that arise
- Working responsively, switching between tasks and re-ordering priorities based on new information
- Miscellaneous additional duties depending on individual preferences and abilities
Qualifications and characteristics
- Bachelor’s degree
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
- Ability to clearly summarize and explain situations in order to help with decisionmaking about logistical issues that come up
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly and professionally as well as communicate effectively by phone and email
- This is a full-time position based in San Francisco.
- Salary commensurate with experience.
As part of our dedication to the diversity of our staff, the Open Philanthropy Project is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
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