Giving What We Can (GWWC) is looking for a Researcher to help us identify the most effective donation opportunities for a variety of worldviews, and recommend these to our donors. We decided to extend the deadline and now applications close on March 2nd, and we aim to make an offer (provided we find a suitable candidate) by the end of April, with the successful candidate starting as soon as possible thereafter.
This role provides an opportunity to help influence millions of dollars of charitable giving to be more effective. We estimate GWWC as a whole caused ~$83M in donations to high-impact charities through our fundraising and recommendations in 2020-2022. In 2022 alone, GWWC pledgers and other donors gave ~$27M through our donation platform, and reported giving another ~$18M in other ways. Many of these donors are looking to our advice on where to donate. As a Researcher, you will be part of a small team responsible for providing them with high-quality advice, by:
You will report directly to the Director of Research, Sjir Hoeijmakers, and work closely with the rest of the research team.
You are passionate about effective giving, excited by our values and purpose, and want to help advance our key research project of evaluating evaluators to provide donors with a variety of worldviews with the highest-impact recommendations.
Confidence can hold us back. Keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect candidate, and we value success in application work tests more than previous experience. If you are excited about this role and think that you might be a fit, we encourage you to apply!
This is a full-time role with a permanent contract after a 3-month probationary period. Location is flexible provided the candidate can attend regular meetings compatible with various time zones (the research team is currently spread across Europe, North America, and Australia). In general, do not let your location or time zone hold you back from applying.
An approximate salary range for a candidate based in Oxford would be £36,958–£54,110.
Benefits and policies depend on location, but we aim to provide benefits equally wherever we can. See here for an example of an offer to a US candidate — we have similar benefits in other locations. .
Our hiring process involves four stages (applicants will be compensated for their time spent on stages 2-3):
We will close applications on 2nd of March and aim to make an offer (provided we find a suitable candidate) by the end of April, with the successful candidate starting as soon as possible thereafter.
See also here to get a sense of our approach from a hiring round we did in early 2023.
Please contact Michael at email@example.com to discuss any potential accommodations, or with any questions about the process or the role.
GWWC is on a mission to create a world in which giving effectively and significantly is a cultural norm.
We believe that charitable donations can do an astonishing amount of good. However, because the effectiveness of different charities varies wildly, it is important that we donate to the most effective charities if we want to have a significant impact.
We are focused on increasing the number of donors who prioritise effectiveness, and helping them to maximise their charitable impact throughout their lives. We are best known for the Giving What We Can Pledge, where 8,773 people have pledged to give over 10% of their lifetime income to high-impact charities. To date, our pledgers — representing over 100 countries — have donated an estimated $333 million USD to high-impact charities, and have committed nearly $3 billion more via their lifetime pledges.
The GWWC team is hard-working and mission-focused, with a culture of open and honest feedback. We also like to think of ourselves as a particularly friendly and optimistic bunch.
In all our work, we strive to take a positive and collaborative attitude, be transparent in our communication and decision-making, and adopt a scout mindset to guide us towards doing the most good we can do, including by evaluating our own impact and learning from the results. To learn more, check out our current strategy.
We’re an equal opportunities employer and value diversity at our organisation. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. We’re happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our organisation.
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