Partnerships & Community Manager

We’re looking for a Partnerships & Community Manager to raise our profile, expand our influence and spark new projects. You’ll host high-profile events, own our external communications, build new partnerships and lead on the promotion of our learning resources. You’ll share our belief that diverse voices around the table are essential to creating benefit for all. You’ll be able to hold your own whether you’re presenting, negotiating, managing outcomes, facilitating heated debates, or discussing technical concepts. You’ll be excited to learn about the field of cooperative AI, plan new activities and figure out what works!

Application Deadline: 18 December 2023
Application Deadline: 05 January 2024

The Cooperative AI Foundation (CAIF, pronounced “safe”) is a new charitable entity whose mission is to support research that will improve the cooperative intelligence of advanced AI for the benefit of all. This mission is driven by our belief that many of the most important problems facing humanity – climate change, nuclear war, and pandemic preparedness, to name but a few – are problems of cooperation, and that AI will be increasingly important when it comes to solving (or exacerbating) such problems.

Backed by a large philanthropic commitment, our ambition is to build the nascent field of Cooperative AI, improving the ability of AI systems to engender cooperation between humans, machines, and institutions. A more detailed introduction to this field can be found in our recent Nature piece and paper on open problems in Cooperative AI.

Our values are important to us. The “benefit of all” sits at the heart of everything we do. We are relentless in our ambition to have the greatest possible positive impact, both supporting and trusting our staff to perform at their best. We strive to learn from our failures, through a culture of curiosity, openness, and compassion, alongside evidence-based reasoning and rigorous evaluation. With a diversity of perspectives and values forming the core of any cooperation problem, we must also practise what we preach: maintaining plurality, equity, and inclusiveness in all that we do.

The Role
The Organisation

We’re a small, ambitious team looking to maximise our impact by raising awareness of what we do, building our community and developing strategic partnerships. We’re looking for someone who can communicate our mission, get people on board and pave the way for new projects and activities. The responsibilities of the Partnerships & Community Manager will include:

  • Creating and owning the partnerships and community strategy, goals, monthly plan and budget for 2024 and beyond
  • Strategy and execution of external communications to position CAIF as an inclusive hub for shared expertise, updates and resources on Cooperative AI.  For example: a monthly newsletter; the website and YouTube channel; a regular blog
  • Planning and hosting CAIF events, for example: a retreat of 25-50 leaders in the field; a summer school for high-potential grad students; online seminar series; online panel discussions on Cooperative AI; competitions & workshops at major conferences
  • Delivering programs and events with other organisations in our network (such as the Centre for the Governance of AI, the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, the Collective Intelligence Project, or the Center on Long-Term Risk), and helping to build new connections to other organisations
  • Providing non-technical input to support the development of learning resources on Cooperative AI such as an online course, bibliography, and modules for inclusion on other organisations’ curricula. Leading on the promotion of these resources
  • Owning our social media policy and managing our mailing lists
  • In order to achieve all the above, you may also be responsible for hiring and managing at least one direct report, and managing the work of external contractors

You might also be involved with: 

  • Facilitating, supporting and connecting working groups of researchers and staff to move the field forwards
  • Setting up partnerships for access to resources for CAIF grantees, for example compute credits, large models and machine learning engineers
  • Encouraging the creation of cooperative AI courses and study groups at top universities (as are already being introduced at Carnegie Mellon University and Oxford University)
  • Broader communications and outreach, e.g. promoting joint publications; matching Cooperative AI experts to external podcast or panel speaking opportunities; development of carefully targeted social media engagement

We’re primarily a remote organisation, with regular opportunities to meet colleagues in person (currently based in London, Oxford, Cornwall, and Stockholm).

We’re looking for this role to be full-time. However, we offer lots of flexibility to fit your hours around your life, whether that’s because you’re most productive at a particular time of day or because you need to do the school run. If you think this role would be perfect for you, but would prefer it to be 0.8 FTE, please still apply. We’d be happy to discuss this.

Salary
Location

Salaries at CAIF account for demonstrated competencies and location-based cost of living. For this role we expect salaries offered to be between £45,000 and £55,000 (or the equivalent in your home currency). A successful candidate with less prior experience should also expect their salary to increase in the role, contingent on performance.

Our benefits package includes home office equipment; travel expenses to co-locate with colleagues; 33 days of paid holiday (including bank holidays); a 5% pension contribution; a generous learning and development budget; and health and wellbeing support.

Qualifications

Applications for this role are now closed.

The application deadline is 5th January 2024 23:59 GMT. Please apply using this form. You will be asked to submit a CV and respond to a few short questions. The questions are designed to find out more about you, so we strongly recommend answering them yourself. They will be read by one of our team, and generic or AI-generated responses are likely to be screened out. Your data will be processed in accordance with our privacy policy.

‍‍Candidates who pass the application review will be invited to a short interview. The next stages will consist of a remote work test, followed by a panel interview. We hope to communicate final decisions by the end of February.‍

We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion, and we encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply, particularly from underrepresented groups. If you have specific needs or circumstances that require accommodation, please contact us.

Our ideal candidate will be motivated by our mission and values and have: 

  • Sufficient familiarity with AI concepts to be able to communicate credibly with different stakeholders including technical experts 
  • The ability to take responsibility for outcomes of events and projects, including the ability to manage staff and contractors to deliver to a high standard 
  • Experience of building and maintaining productive, mission-led partnerships or delivering partnership projects
  • Experience of business development or a related discipline involving relationship building, pitching, and negotiating 
  • Strategic and practical skills to plan and deliver communications which support CAIF’s mission across a range of contexts, media and audiences

We’re looking for someone who is also:

  • A people-person, able to build rapport quickly and manage diverse stakeholders 
  • Good at trying new things, making changes and learning from experience
Application Process