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Foundation Program Lead

  • Deadline: May 16, 2022 

  • Expected hours: Full-time

  • Location: London (preferred) or remote

  • Fill out this form to apply

Charity Entrepreneurship is a growing research and training program that launches multiple high-impact charities every year in a number of cause areas. In addition to our Charity Incubation Program, Charity Entrepreneurship is launching a new Foundation Incubation Program tailored to helping individuals who are launching new foundations set them up for maximum impact. We are looking for a Foundation Program Lead to take over both the content creation process, and manage and implement the new program.

We recently asked our colleagues what it’s like to be part of the CE mission. Check out our team’s video responses here: 

ABOUT THIS ROLE

How this role is causing impact


Philanthropic Foundations are incredibly important because they fund the work of high-impact projects and charities, but few high-involvement resources are available to the initial founders and advisors of these vital grantmaking organizations. Recently, the training content of our Charity Incubation Program and our handbook How to Launch a High-Impact Nonprofit have been used by a number of foundations and grantmakers to improve their impact, particularly in the early stages of their set-up. Overall, these impacts have been large enough to convince us to pilot a training/incubation program specifically for the founders of philanthropic foundations in 2022.

 

The Foundation Program Lead will be a fairly senior role involving considerable ownership over the Foundation Incubation Program, and wearing lots of hats to ensure maximum success. We think that a well-done training program to help the set-up and initial direction of new foundations, running alongside our existing Incubation Program, will fill a crucial gap in the philanthropic ecosystem. This will enable incredible amounts of impact through influencing the direction of large amounts of charitable funds.

 

Our Incubation Programs


The Foundation Incubation Program will build on the existing materials for our Charity Incubation Program, as many of them are cross-applicable for young foundations. These include texts, video lectures, and project assignments for two months of full-time training; as well as our handbook How to Launch a High-Impact Nonprofit. Our materials teach a wide range of skills, including, but not limited to; cause prioritization, strategic decision-making, cost-effectiveness analysis, monitoring & evaluation, operations, and management. These have to be improved, adapted to the context of grantmaking foundations, and supplemented by new materials addressing challenges specific to young foundations such as proposal vetting, counterfactual donations, and coordination among funders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project managing the creation and implementation of the program

  • Managing and creating program content, including:

  • Planning out tailored learning materials that will help new foundations achieve maximum impact; leveraging CE’s current methods, experience, and knowledge pool in cooperation with the Director of Strategy and with advice from multiple experts in a variety of established foundations and past incubatees from our Incubation Program

  • Creating written content for both the training program and our new Foundation Handbook

  • Creating video content for the training program

  • Identifying gaps, learning about grantmaker-specific challenges, and turning them into interesting and instructive program content

  • Helping to run the program (most likely over summer 2022) for the first time, including consulting calls with participating foundations

  • Building models and character profiles of ideal foundations and their expected impact

  • Researching cross-cause area funding gaps 

  • Designing high-level measurement and evaluation systems for evaluating grants

What we offer

  • Most of all: A job that has a huge tangible impact on the world - the program you create will help foundations have maximum impact with their grants

  • High levels of intellectual challenges and learning on the job in a widely useful set of skills, including grantmaking and cross-applicable communication skills 

  • True start-up culture, including flat hierarchies and low bureaucracy

  • An informal, fun, and supportive work environment

  • Become a part of a diverse, dedicated, close-knit team of 12 EAs

  • Plenty of opportunities for learning, growth, and connection across departments

  • Build your network among CE’s vibrant community of highly talented and singularly dedicated EAs, including the 16 charities we have launched so far

  • Co-authorship of the Foundation Handbook you will be contributing content to

  • Experience working with a number of new and established foundations

Perks and benefits
 

  • Flexible working schedule and 30 paid days off per year

  • 5-10% of work time and dedicated budget of £500 for personal development and learning (plus lots of learning on the job)

  • 50% reimbursement of IT and costs of strategies you find useful for increasing your productivity up to £500 a year

  • Salary and moving costs are flexible depending on employee needs and fall between $40-60k USD 

  • For an outstanding candidate, more perks and benefits could be included

  • Title can be adapted depending on experience and concrete responsibilities

 
 
 
 
 
 

ABOUT YOU

We expect excellent candidates will meet many (but not all) of the criteria below. We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the listed characteristics. In the past, we have offered positions to applicants who had strong overall potential and trained them up in the needed skills. We are looking for high general ability and value/methods-aligned mindset more than specific backgrounds.

What we are looking for:
 

We’re looking for a talented generalist who is:

  • Able to work both autonomously, and in a small team

  • Highly impact-driven and results-oriented with a very strong work ethic

  • Able to work in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, and confident interacting with a wide range of stakeholders (foundation founders, grantmakers, charity founders, experts…)

  • Organized, conscientious, and reliable

  • Passionate about quickly learning new skills and passing them on

  • Loves high levels of intellectual challenge

  • Comfortable with numerical quantification and simple spreadsheet calculations

  • Well-versed in the effective altruism community

  • Friendly, humble personality, and excited about the job

  • Excited to work across cause areas (especially animal advocacy, global health, effective altruism, mental health, and family planning)

Bonus points for:

  • Experience working for a foundation or other grantmaking body

  • Experience working in effective altruism (volunteering, independent projects, internships, and jobs all count)

  • Experience creating training content

  • Experience with video creation or video editing

ABOUT CHARITY  ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our track record

 

Charity Entrepreneurship is on a mission to cause more effective charities to exist in the world. 

 

Since our first research cycle and incubation program in 2019, we have

 

To date, our launched charities have

  • Fundraised over $5.5M USD, including from Mulago, GiveWell, Open Philanthropy, EA Funds, Founders Pledge, Animal Charity Evaluators, Schmidt Futures, and D-Prize

  • Effected policy changes that may decrease lead poisoning in ~322,000 children in Malawi (averting 87,000 DALY-equivalents, or saving 2,900 lives)

  • Changed farm conditions for ~420,000 farmed fish and ~1,200,000,000 shrimp,

  • Reached 5,000,000 listeners with family planning content in Nigeria, on track to potentially averting ~600 maternal deaths by 2025

  • Launched a digital program to prevent postnatal depression in the U.S. that has proven to decrease depressive symptoms in 62% of participants

  • Sent SMS reminders about vaccinations to 350,000 caregivers in India

  • … and so much more. Read more about our charities here.

 

Our plans

 

We have big, ambitious plans. After our successful first three years, we are now scaling up across all departments with the ultimate goals of

  • Launching 5-10 new charities per year

  • Running two incubation programs per year, plus one grantmaking foundation incubation program

  • Investigating charity ideas from four cause areas per year

  • Increasing our team to 15 by the end of 2022

… all coming together to achieve 8x the impact of our previous years.

 

Will you join us?

 

Our culture

 

CE is an intense, informal, and flexible working environment. We believe that friendliness and teamwork, a focus on impact and evidence, critical thinking, and warm connections are key workplace values. The 12 of us stay in touch through weekly all-hands team meetings and socials as well as 1:1s during work hours and have built an active and connected community of charity entrepreneurs and EAs. Our office in London is a lively and vibrant hub where recent developments in EA and updates from our charities are as likely to be discussed over lunch as what the 80/20 of dental hygiene looks like, or what the effects of different sleep habits on productivity are. We are united by our relentless pursuit of counterfactual impact and a perhaps slightly excessive love of spreadsheets.

 

Read more about what it is like to work at CE in this blogpost.

 

APPLY NOW

  • The application deadline is May 16, 2022 

  • Expected hours: Full-time

  • Location: London (preferred) or remote

  • Fill out this form to apply
     

Our goal is to make our application process both time-effective and interesting for you. The application process involves four stages:

  1. submitting our general application form (1 hour),

  2. an initial interview (15 minutes),

  3. a test task simulating the work you would do in your role (2-3 hours),

  4. a final, more in-depth interview (45~ minutes), and

  5. sometimes a reference check.

Each stage typically takes between 1-2 weeks from the end of the application deadline and we hope to make an offer within 6~ weeks of the application deadline. Ideally, the candidate will begin onboarding as soon afterwards as possible. On request, we offer feedback to candidates who make it far into our process.

Commitment to diversity and equal employment opportunities

​We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. We especially encourage applications from women and people of color who are excited about contributing to our mission. Charity Entrepreneurship is an equal opportunity employer. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or have any other related questions about applying, please contact judith@charityentrepreneurship.com

If you are excited about working with Charity Entrepreneurship but are uncertain whether you are qualified enough for this role, please do apply nonetheless: we care deeply about mindset and value-alignment with our approach and are skilled at finding people with high potential whose growth we are happy to facilitate. Don’t hesitate to make the content of your CV for CE a little unconventional (e.g. mention personal projects, courses, experiences that are not strictly professional) if that better demonstrates that you can do what we need and are aligned with our values and approach.