Philanthropic Associate (Technical or Advocate)
What are you going to get out of this?
1. This is a rare and exciting situation.
- The plan is to expand the foundation’s leadership team from one to three. One associate working out where to give grants and building up the supporting documentation, and one advocate supporting our outreach efforts working with external philanthropists.
- Our first goal is to do as much good as we can with the foundation’s capital within the preference limitations of the principal.
- The second (and larger) goal is to use our position as an advocacy platform. Put simply, we have an excellent position from which to convince more UHNW philanthropists to give more effectively.
- We are currently attempting to ramp-up our grant making so as to hit our $100m target within the principal’s lifetime and the largest bottleneck to achieving this is working out where to give grants and building up the supporting documentation.
2. You will have a highly impactful role.
- Choose where to deploy millions of dollars a year in philanthropic capital.
- Be right in the middle of the rapidly growing effective philanthropic advisory space. Funding HNW advisory projects is one of our core focus areas.
- We are a family office with an intentionally discrete brand awareness, the successful candidate will likely be significantly better than the marginal counterfactual candidate. They should be highly un-fungible.
3. This role will be challenging and a good place to grow skills / build career capital.
- This role is similar to a research/program manager role at GiveWell/Open Philanthropy except that where possible we will not be doing foundational research. Instead, we will lean heavily on existing literature and group wisdom wherever possible.
- This role is about persuasive analysis, we are in the business of changing people’s minds.
- In particular, you’ll be learning how to work with some of the wealthiest people on the planet. A niche, but highly valuable skill set.
- Good research and analysis skills and strong critical reasoning skills.
- Excellent written communication. A quick, clear writer who can translate complex academic findings into language that is understandable for non-academics and helps them to make decisions.
- Good quantitative analysis and proficiency using spreadsheets.
- Good interpersonal skills. You don’t need to be charming but you do need to be good at explaining your thoughts confidently. There will be some client-facing component, although this can be bigger/smaller based on your preference.
- Ideally familiar with effectiveness concepts/methodologies.
- Master’s degree, PhD or equivalent work experience in some form of social science research or quantitative field (psychology/philosophy, economics/econometrics, behavioral or health economics, etc.).
- Informed view on dominant cause areas including global health, development economics, long term future, factory farming etc.
- High integrity.
- Finds variance exciting rather than stressful.
- Team player, personality that can handle a mission-focused ‘start-up’ way of working
- Un-antagonistic - Our relationships are our lifeblood and it’s very important that you handle objections thoughtfully and calmly when they come up.
- Based in Mayfair, London. Super nice office.
- We’ll provide your ideal desk setup, whatever it is.
- Work trips to visit charities abroad where appropriate.
- Professional entrepreneurial culture.
- Direct exposure to our principal, Vikrant Bhargava. Very small team.
- Exposure to other major philanthropists.
- Salary £30k-£70k depending on experience.
- Rapid year-on-year salary progression.