• Senior Grantmaker

    This is a closed application round. We are not currently accepting unsolicited applications for this role. 

    About Effective Giving UK

     

    Effective Giving UK's mission and activities

    Effective Giving UK is a non-profit based in London and Oxford. We support major donors who are committed to maximising the impact of their philanthropy through our research, grantmaking and advisory work. We currently advise donors in Europe, North America and Asia, whose giving capacity ranges from $1 million p.a. to the majority of $1 billion. We focus on work to safeguard future generations and have an extensive network of research advisors across fields including AI safety, biosecurity and global priorities research. One of our advisees, Ben Delo, is the UK’s youngest self-made billionaire and has signed the Giving Pledge - pledging to donate the majority of his wealth to “funding work to safeguard future generations and protect the long-term prospects of humanity”. Ben has also entered into a co-funding partnership with Open Philanthropy, which was facilitated by Effective Giving UK. See our website for further information on our activities. 

     

    Our team culture

    We're a supportive and positive team who are deeply motivated by the impact we can have. We have a culture of clear communication, ownership over our work, and a strong focus on outcomes.

    Responsibilities

     

    The responsibilities for this role will vary by person, including the field(s) a new grantmaker would work in. The responsibilities are likely to include:

    • Identifying priorities and bottlenecks in the longtermist field(s) the grantmaker focuses on. We expect a senior hire to challenge and improve our beliefs about these.

    • Building projects to make progress on those bottlenecks. Investigating and executing new grants and programmes. We estimate that the available grantmaking budget would be c.$5 million p.a. initially. This will grow substantially if appropriate, similar to being a senior grantmaker at a foundation with an endowment of several hundred million dollars.

    • Assessing the progress of established projects and conducting renewal investigations.

    • Building and maintaining relationships in the field(s).

    • (Optional) Communicating about projects and/or your overall strategy for the field(s) with our UHNWI collaborators.

    • To be clear: this role primarily focuses on making grants within chosen area(s) rather than exploring which causes to work on.

     

    The successful candidate will report to Effective Giving’s Managing Director.

    Who Should Apply for This Role?

    Essential: the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes.

    • Experience with the longtermist field(s) you intend to work on, especially if well-connected within those field(s). We are open to both generalists and specialists.

    • Enthusiasm about identifying bottlenecks in those field(s) and building projects to make progress on those bottlenecks. Comfort pursuing these goals with limited guidance.

    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills, including thinking about philanthropy in terms of expected value.

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. In particular, the ability to communicate your beliefs about complicated topics clearly, in writing and verbally.

    • Interest in giving regular input on and constructive criticism of Effective Giving strategy and grant investigations outside of your focus area(s).

    • In turn, comfort receiving input and constructive criticism. Our communication style is typically direct, prioritising clarity over tact where necessary.

    Desirable: the following would be a material bonus but are not required.

    • Experience establishing projects, such as making seed grants to new organisations, founding a startup or initiating new projects inside established organisations.

    • PhD-level credentials in computer science, national security, public health, policy more broadly, or another relevant field.

     

    Salary, Benefits and Location

    • This role is in-person, full-time and London based (unless a candidate has a preference for elsewhere in the UK). We have an office in the beautiful, plant-filled Second Home Spitalfields

    • Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.

    • Benefits include: generous paid vacation time, equipment budget, training budget, well-being budget, private healthcare (Bupa) and dental care, and a well-stocked office fridge. 

    • We also have flexible working hours and some team members regularly work from home. We would request that new colleagues work from the office for the first c. 3 months to ensure a smooth onboarding period. We typically work regular hours (c. 9am-6pm) but occasionally work outside of this when important, time-sensitive projects require it. We have a preference for candidates willing to respond to such requests outside of regular hours.

     

    Application Process

    • This is a closed application round. We are not currently accepting unsolicited applications for this role.

    • First stage: discussion with Effective Giving management.
      Second stage: work task.

      • This work task will take around 8 hours. You will be compensated £400 for your time.

    • Third stage: in-person interview.

    • The starting date for the position will be determined together with the successful applicant. However, we are looking to hire as soon as possible.

      • There would be a 3 month probationary period for this role.

    • Effective Giving UK is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. 
       

CONTACT US

For enquiries, please contact natalie@effectivegiving.org.