Job: Operations Manager

Full-time; Blackpool, UK. To start mid-late July.

Looking for a high-impact job in operations?

We are looking for a dynamic, adaptable, highly organised and conscientious person with high agency, or someone with a strong commitment to develop and embody those characteristics, to immediately take on the challenge of maintaining our operations at CEEALAR (affectionately called The EA Hotel).

We are a charity focused on providing a physical location to support people developing high impact careers through self-directed education and research. We provide individuals with accommodation and food, along with a community of their peers, while they upskill towards professional roles or further study programmes. Examples of roles our beneficiaries aim for include existential risk research, EA community building, operations, and many more. We have a constantly growing community of alumni and look to add more diversity to the projects we host.

What you’ll do

This is a very self-directed role. The trustees will be at your disposal for advice and any support we can provide, but we all live elsewhere – so you’ll need a high level of autonomous dedication to the continuing success and development of the project.

You will ideally thrive in situations where you have many competing priorities on your time – ‘herd of cats’ doesn’t begin to describe a hotel full of effective altruists.

Hours fluctuate – and part of your responsibility will be making sure you don’t overwork! – but this is a full time role with tasks that need doing daily. In your role, you will be focusing on building maintenance management, with the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the hotel is a welcoming, safe and comfortable environment 
  • Monitoring and recording building maintenance
  • Calling and overseeing contractors and inspecting completed jobs for repairs and improvements (or doing them yourself when possible)
  • Overseeing safety systems (fire safety, first aid procedures, etc.) and ensuring adherence to all regulations
  • Team building and presenting the place to new guests
  • Vegan cooking (twice a week on average)
  • Working with the other managers to ensure that all tasks have someone taking responsibility for them, and none fall between the cracks
  • Covering holidays for other staff (food/inventory management, email/mail management), and ensuring your own holidays are covered
  • Ad hoc tasks as required (can be outsourced). This is an unusual role with a lot of facets, so prioritising among and figuring out how to do many tasks that aren’t on this list will be a big part of it.

We understand that moving to Blackpool can be a big change, but our centre is a diverse and lively place focused on both individual growth and solving pressing global problems. You can take a peek at your future coworkers and their projects, and find out more about CEEALAR, at https://ceealar.org

Requirements

This position does not require any specific experience or qualifications, but prior experience of working an operations related role in a start-up, or in business administration, operations, or hospitality or catering, or with building maintenance/DIY, is a bonus; as is familiarity with Effective Altruism. The ideal candidate will be service oriented, and excited to help forward the missions of our grantees. 

Compensation and benefits

You will benefit from free vegan food and accommodation* (a room with an en-suite bathroom), and earn a starting salary of £31,286 – £35,457 per year (full time, 40 hours a week; 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year), depending on experience, to scale upward with the expansion of the project. We also offer a budget for equipment and training for staff. 

Application process

Our application process is quick:

  1. You fill in this short form. Deadline Friday 1st July (end of the day in your own timezone). (By July 4th you will receive an answer as to whether you are invited to interview);
  2. Interview with our team via video call (we estimate that it will take 1-2 weeks to confirm whether you’ve been selected or not – we plan to make the hire around the middle of July).
  3. A 3 month paid work trial / probationary period on site.

Important! It is essential you have UK citizenship/pre-settlement/settlement status, or Irish citizenship in order for us to employ you immediately. However, we welcome expressions of interest from people who don’t meet this requirement (please fill out the application form in this case; we may be able to get a work visa for an exceptional candidate).

*worth £6,000+/year.