[Note: I am posting this anonymously since I work in policy.]
Having spoken with senior folks from at least three different orgs within EA, it seems like a lot of very valuable EA projects (both those that have already launched and those which haven't been started due to lack of talent able to run them) are bottlenecked by operations skills at the moment.
80K made a post on the operations bottleneck in 2018, but it has been updated with the following note at the top:
Note: Though we edited this article lightly in 2020, it was written in 2018 and is now somewhat out of date.
Due to this post and other efforts, people in the effective altruist community have become more interested in working in operations, and it has also come to seem easier to fill these roles with people not already active in the community. As a result, several recent hiring rounds for these roles were successful, and there are now fewer open positions, and when positions open up they’ve become more competitive.
This means that the need for more people to pursue this path is somewhat less than when we wrote the post. However, many of the major points in this post still apply to some degree, there is still a need for more people working in operations management, and we expect this need to persist as the community grows. For these reasons, we still think this is a promising path to consider.
My perception, to the contrary, is that the ops bottleneck is in fact more severe now than ever. Is this wrong?
As a follow-up to my comment, I would strongly suggest having higher salaries for Personal Assistant/Chief of Staff people. They bring immense value and their salaries need to reflect that. I think this would increase the number of qualified and sustainably-motivated candidates.