Opportunity: Community & Projects Manager

CEEALAR (formerly the EA Hotel) is a registered charity and Effective Altruist (EA) community hub in the North West of England. We host people working on promising charitable projects, be they research, remote charity work, self-study, starting new EA-aligned charities, or similar.

We are looking for a dedicated Community & Projects Manager. Your role will be to oversee the EA-focused work being done at the hotel, facilitating productivity and offering practical and strategic advice to grantees, in order to help maximise the value of their work to the world. You will also be responsible for the overall day-to-day executive management of the project, in coordination with the Trustees.

You will be based at CEEALAR in Blackpool; you’ll have your own room with an en suite bathroom and as much free vegan food as you’d like, including nightly cooked dinners.

Person specification:

Essential: 

  • Detailed knowledge of EA and its major cause areas.
  • Ability to identify promising projects, and mentor grantees to follow the most promising research directions.
  • Good judgement, verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Conscientious, motivated, committed, and organised (regular use of task manager / to do lists, checklists, delegation).
  • High awareness (spot things that need doing), initiative. 
  • UK/EU/EEA/Swiss citizenship (we have not yet completed the paperwork necessary to employ people from countries outside of this list).

Desirable: 

  • Well connected in EA (know a lot of people in the EA movement, including some who work at established EA organisations).
  • Experienced in:
    • Community management and conflict resolution
    • Mentoring
    • Research
    • Entrepreneurship

Responsibilities:

  • Providing feedback, mentoring and advice to our grantees (e.g. through regular check-ins, referring grantees to appropriate resources on career choice and progression such as those recommended by 80,000 hours, organising regular group discussions).
  • Answering email enquiries.
  • Coordinating with Trustees and Advisors to vet applicants.
  • Interviewing applicants via video call.
  • Grantee onboarding, in coordination with the Community & Projects Manager.
  • Maintain community morale at a high level, and resolve conflict if it arises, in coordination with the Operations Manager.
  • Organise and host regular group meetings (e.g. a weekly Friday night meeting to discuss logistics, talks, events and any other business), in coordination with the Operations Manager.
  • Admin CEEALAR group chats.
  • Public communication (e.g. keeping the website up to date, posting updates to social media).
  • Evaluation (e.g. monthly survey of grantees, quarterly evaluation of grantees’ output).
  • Executive management of the organisation (charity and buildings legal paperwork), in coordination with the Operations Manager and Trustees.
  • Developing overall strategy for CEEALAR, in coordination with Trustees. 
  • Fundraising for CEEALAR, in coordination with Trustees.

Pay and hours: This is a full-time role: 5 days, 30+ hours a week (hours are flexible, but there are tasks that need to be done daily and weekly). £9/hr + 28 days/year holiday pay (equivalent pay is £10 per hour worked) + free room and board (equivalent annual salary based on full-time 37.5 hours a week is ~£21.5k). There is funding available for this role for at least the first 6 months, and future increases in pay are a possibility, contingent on CEEALAR successfully raising more funds.

To apply, please fill in this Google Form. Applications close at 23:59 BST on August 31st. Applicants will be assessed by the CEEALAR Trustees, with input from trusted advisors. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview with the Trustees via video call. The successful applicant will be offered the job subject to passing a 3 month probationary period.

Covid-19: As a large group of people living and working together, we have taken – and remain to take – the pandemic very seriously, and are continuing to take precautions in excess of those mandated by the government. As such we will require new people to take a test for current infection and self-isolate in their rooms prior to a negative result (or for 10 days if not tested) if joining the hotel. We are happy to provide mail order saliva tests. Those currently at the hotel have agreed not to visit places with high infection risk, such as pubs and clubs, and we will expect you to do the same, pending revision of the policy via collective agreement. In your role you will help facilitate meetings around Covid-19 precautions. A second spike in cases will warrant further deliberation on extra precautions to take as a group.

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