Friday, May 26, 2017

Position: Research Analyst
Seniority: Entry-level or higher
Salary: $55,000 for entry-level, variable with experience
Location: San Francisco, CA
Timeline: There is no firm deadline for applying.
Responsibilities
Research Analysts work on all parts of our research process. Research Analysts' responsibilities mostly consist of:
  • Researching charitable interventions, including analyzing academic research and developing cost-effectiveness estimates
  • Evaluating charities, including assessing internal monitoring & evaluation and representing GiveWell in discussions with charity staff
  • Reviewing research produced by other staff members for accuracy and clarity
  • Miscellaneous duties depending on individual preferences and abilities, including communicating with donors and media, writing, and original analysis on research questions
Qualifications and characteristics
  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in economics, mathematics, statistics or other quantitative field or equivalent experience. Exceptions may be made for outstanding applicants who do not meet this criterion.
  • Passionate about finding great giving opportunities and making the world a better place
  • Value intense discussion and debate
  • Strong critical thinking skills; able to approach all claims (including their managers') with skepticism
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Comfortable with open-ended questions, where no clear precedents or guidelines exist
  • Value the intensity and open-endedness of a small organization over the stability and comfort of a larger corporation
To apply
You may also send additional material, such as a letter of recommendation, to support your application; this is not required. Please send those materials to jobs@givewell.org.
We plan to respond to all submissions. Please contact jobs@givewell.org with any questions.
Please note:
  • This will be a full-time position in San Francisco, where GiveWell is based. This is an office-based job that can partly be done remotely.
  • We first ask candidates to work for us (with compensation) on a trial basis before we make a full-time offer. In general, this period will last around three months, though we are flexible regarding the terms (e.g., spreading the equivalent number of hours over a longer period of time, telecommuting). There may be exceptional cases where we are willing to forgo the trial period.
  • We will consider sponsoring applications for work authorization for exceptional candidates.
About GiveWell
GiveWell started as a group of finance professionals trying to do as much good as possible with their personal donations. Since 2007, it has been a full-time independent research group. We publish our charity recommendations, research, and the full details of our analysis publicly at www.givewell.org.