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 (and our external partners) 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.
This is a unique opportunity for a skilled administrator to join a lively, growing team in an emerging field. You’ll report to our Program Manager and support her with all aspects of grant administration, as well as providing administrative support for events, and for our Executive Team. The responsibilities of the Program Administrator role will include:
- Ensuring information about our grant calls, events and hiring rounds reach our audiences by updating our website, sending Mailchimp campaigns and reaching out to our networks in a variety of ways
- Responding to inquiries about our grant calls and events, and identifying FAQs to be published in our communications for the future
- Initial grant application screening, including checking declared conflicts of interest and assigning grant applications to the review team
- Undertaking routine due diligence enquiries for grant applications
- Supporting the review teams and grantmaking committee by ensuring they have access to the documentation they need
- Making sure all documentation is complete, systematically named, and in the right place
- Booking venues and catering for our events, managing bookings, and supporting the delivery of online and in-person events
- Routine financial administration such as ensuring documents and receipts are uploaded to our online system
- Booking transport and accommodation, and arranging some meetings for the Executive Team
The successful candidate will be expected to learn about all aspects of grant management, and about current priorities in Cooperative AI. We expect the focus of the role to develop over time, and for progression opportunities to emerge.