Community Manager

Location: Remote working, preference for a city with a larger EA community (e.g. Melbourne or Sydney)
Contract: Part-time (0.3-1.0 FTE) 12-month contract, with the aim to become ongoing subject to funding.
: $80,000-100,000/year FTE, dependent on experience, and eligible for tax exemption. We are open to hiring at the Community Director level with a higher salary for exceptional candidates.

EA Australia is looking for a part-time or full-time Community Manager or Director who would work closely with and report to the Head of Community, Elliot Teperman. The successful applicant will support the effective altruist community in Australia, increasing engagement, helping members realise impact, promoting EA ideas, and running the annual EAGx Australia conference.

Apply here. Applications close on Sunday, December 10 at 11:59 pm AEDT.

About Effective Altruism Australia

Effective Altruism Australia (EAA) exists to support Australians in tackling the world’s most pressing problems. We do this by supporting Australians to donate to alleviate global poverty and tackle climate change, as well as supporting the Australian effective altruism community more broadly. 

Beyond EAA, there are a lot of exciting things happening in EA in Australia. Australia has the fourth largest effective altruist community in the world with hundreds of passionate individuals, and over 20 local, university, and cause-specific groups. The community punches above its weight in people doing highly impactful work, including local teams tackling challenges like policy advocacy and climate change, as well as many individuals doing important global work from Australia. 

The Role

Effective Altruism Australia (EAA) is hiring a Community Manager/Directory to tackle some of the many high-impact opportunities to build and support the Australian EA community. You will work closely with, and report to the Head of Community to expand and implement a national strategy. 

This includes supporting the 20+ local & uni groups and incubating new ones, helping new people hear about and get involved in EA via events, and helping engaged members on their journey to impactful careers. For example, the annual EAGx conference brings together hundreds of Australian EAs each year to build new connections, learn about job opportunities, and sometimes found new projects.

As outlined above, there are many different types of successful candidates as there are many aspects of community building. The role is dynamic, and responsibilities will be allocated based on individual strengths and preferences. As such, we are looking for an individual to lead some of these areas of responsibility:

Events programming & logistics

  • EAGxAustralia
    • Managing the flagship 300-person annual conference
    • Designing the programming and content 
    • Events operations & logistics
  • Retreats & strategy days
    • Running an annual retreat for EA organisers
    • Running retreats and strategy days across Australia
  • Running local & online events
    • Preparing events by building on existing material and developing new concepts
    • Running events and/or overseeing and supporting volunteers in running them both to effective altruist groups, and introductory talks.

Management & strategy

  • Strategy
    • Determining EAA’s strategic priorities
    • Tracking and evaluating our impact
  • Supporting volunteer organisers 
    • Coordinating and supporting volunteers, staff, partners, and local group organisers around Australia
    • Supporting existing groups with training & development, accountability & support, resources, etc.
  • Incubating and supporting new community groups
    • Helping seed and incubate EA groups, including local groups, uni groups, and cause area or topic-specific groups.

Web & online infrastructure

  • Backend online infrastructure
    • Managing and expanding our existing CRM
    • Creating new online infrastructure for Australian EAs (e.g. community directory, job board) 
  • Marketing and communications
    • Developing and implementing marketing strategies, both for promoting EA ideas, and EAA’s donation platform to new audiences.
    • Create compelling and persuasive content for our existing audience (e.g. website, newsletter, Facebook page).

Coaching & career advice

  • Providing 1 on 1 advice on careers, facilitating connections with others
  • Providing high-touch career support.

Local city organising

  • Running many of the projects listed here in one’s local city.
Work hours are generally flexible, but evening and weekend work may be required for certain activities (e.g., running events). The work is remote as EAA does not have offices (however, Mleoburne-based applicants would be able to meet in person regularly with Elliot). You will likely need to occasionally travel within Australia and internationally.

What we’re looking for

Required Criteria:

  • Have a strong understanding of the ideas of effective altruism.
  • Communicate the ideas of effective altruism clearly.
  • Work independently in a results-oriented and structured way.
  • Collaborate with a range of internal and external stakeholders, demonstrating teamwork, accountability, and leadership.
  • Develop a big-picture strategy, and implement and prioritise accordingly.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in several of the areas of responsibility outlined above (6+ years of relevant experience for the Community Director role).

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience in EA community building
  • A strong understanding of the relevant considerations determining the value of EA community building
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excitement about collaborating and communicating with community members from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Leadership and/or mentorship experience
  • Experience organising and running events such as discussions, talks, or seminars
  • In-depth knowledge of one or more cause areas in effective altruism
  • Experience in public speaking, social media, and/or writing articles
  • Experience running large-scale events, including conferences and retreats.

Why work with us?

Our culture – as a small but growing organisation, we strive to create a culture that is: 

  • Purpose-driven. First and foremost, we value having an outsized positive impact on the world with the work we do. 
  • Non-hierarchical. If a job needs doing and you can do it, or you want to pick up a project, we will support you in doing it.
  • Outcomes over processes. As a small team, we don’t have many systems or processes. We place high trust in our employees to do the job in the way they see fit, prioritising concrete outcomes over processes.
  • Improvement and growth. We are constantly seeking to evaluate and improve our work and provide feedback and support to grow as individuals.

Working with us also has the following benefits:

Effective Altruism Australia is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Effective Altruism Australia are based on organisational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, colour, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Effective Altruism Australia will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Effective Altruism Australia encourages applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

Application process 

To apply, please complete this form and attach your resume/LinkedIn profile. Applications close on Sunday, December 10 at 11:59 pm AEDT. You do not need to complete a cover letter, but instead will be asked several relevant questions. If have any questions, feel free to contact Elliot Teperman here.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an interview and paid work samples. We will notify you at each stage whether you advance in the process. The work sample will be of a general nature and within the scope of the job role. It is designed to test your ability and subject-area competence rather than as functional work for EAA.

We are hiring for both an Events and Community Manager role and a Community Manager/Director role. However, we will only hire for one of these roles due to funding constraints. We believe an exceptional candidate in either of these roles will fill an important need at EAA and are seeking applications for both types of roles.

The Centre for Effective Altruism is funding part of the role as part of their Community Building Grants program, so approval for appointment will be contingent upon CEA’s endorsement.

Not right for you?

If you found this role and it’s not quite right for you, then you might be interested in our other role of Events and Community Manager.

If you know anyone who might fit these roles well, please send it to them. You never know when someone might want to make the switch to a new organisation that’s trying to do as much good as possible.

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