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Business Operations Generalists

Open Philanthropy

Open Philanthropy

United States

Operations, administration, or HR







Mgmt responsibilities: 

Animal Charity Evaluators Review: 

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Date posted:


None listed

About the Role

Open Phil’s Business Operations team (Biz Ops) responds flexibly to program and research staff needs, and does everything else necessary to ensure that Open Philanthropy runs smoothly. As a member of this team, you’ll work to:
* Make Open Philanthropy more efficient and productive — you’ll both directly support staff with time-consuming tasks (like cleaning up data or notes from grantee calls) and investigate scalable solutions to commonly-faced problems (e.g. identifying a software to automate booking travel, or getting research staff access to paywalled articles faster). 
* Support our office needs, in San Francisco and beyond — we’re planning to downsize our San Francisco office space to reflect our newly distributed workforce, and you would support that effort. You would also support ongoing day-to-day office maintenance, as well as the set-up and maintenance of any new remote office hubs we decide to create in other cities. 
* Run gatherings and events — you’ll provide flex capacity support for quarterly “togetherness week” events and an annual retreat to bring our staff together, as well as taking on team-specific event planning needs (e.g. bringing grantees together for a summit). 
* Handle anything else that needs to get done — it’s impossible to anticipate everything we might need, so you’ll often take on special projects and ad hoc tasks as they arise. 
Who we’re looking for:
There are no formal degree or work experience requirements for this role, and we’re open to considering applicants who are brand new to operations work as well as more experienced operations professionals. You might be a great fit for this work if you:
* Work in a responsive, agile way; you stay calm when conditions change and are able to improvise and pivot quickly when priorities shift.
* Have a “getting to yes,” solutions-focused approach to handling requests. When someone comes to you with a problem, you want them to come away with a solution, even if that solution looks different from their original ask. 
* Are excited to contribute to impact-driven work in a supportive capacity; you know that behind-the-scenes tasks are important, even if they seem indirect or tedious at face value.
* Have a track record of demonstrating (or are excited to develop) an “operations mindset” — proactively noticing what’s broken, moving fast to fix it, and continually identifying opportunities to do more with the same amount of time and resources. 
We expect all our staff to: 
* Put our mission first, and act with urgency to help us realize our ambitious goals for impact. 
* Work to model our operating values of ownership, openness, calibration and inclusiveness. 
Role details & benefits 
* Compensation: Compensation for this role will be based on a range of $84,303.19 to $104,132.47, which (for US hires) would be distributed as a base salary of $73,307.12 to $90,549.97 and an unconditional 401(k) grant of $10,996.07 to $13,582.50. 
* These compensation figures assume a remote location; there would be geographic adjustments upwards for candidates based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Washington, D.C.
* All compensation will be distributed in the form of take-home salary for internationally based hires.
* Location: The Biz Ops team’s duties include on-the-ground support to our staff in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., but the team is partly remote.
* We expect at least one hire for this position to be an onsite hire based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re also especially interested in candidates willing to work from Washington, D.C. 
* Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor visas for this role. However, we’re open to hiring remote candidates for Biz Ops roles, and encourage remote candidates to apply (including those based internationally).
* We will provide generous relocation assistance to those willing to relocate to San Francisco or Washington D.C.
* Benefits: Our benefits package includes: 
* Excellent health insurance (we cover 100% of premiums within the US for you and any dependents)
* Dental, vision and life insurance for you and your family
* Four weeks of PTO recommended per year 
* Four months of fully paid family leave
* A generous and flexible expense policy — we encourage staff to expense the ergonomic equipment, software and other services that they need to stay healthy and productive 
* We can’t always provide every benefit we offer US staff to international hires, but we’re working on it (and will usually provide cash equivalents of any benefits we can’t offer in your country) 
* Start date: We’d ideally like you to start as soon as possible after receiving an offer, but are open to multiple hires and are happy to wait for the right candidate (e.g. 2023 graduates who could only start in the summer are welcome to apply).
We’re considering applicants on a rolling basis and will keep this role open until it's filled. Please apply as soon as you’re able — we may give priority to candidates who are able to move through the process sooner. 

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