The Forethought Foundation is seeking a Chief of Staff and an Executive Assistant for our Director, William MacAskill. Additionally, we are looking to potentially hire one or more Research Fellows. Learn more and apply here.

About the Forethought Foundation

The Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research aims to promote academic work that addresses the question of how to use our scarce resources to improve the world by as much as possible.

We are especially interested in the idea that the primary determinant of the value of our actions today is how those actions influence the very long-run future. We believe that by making the right decisions today, humanity has the opportunity to positively steer civilisation’s trajectory for thousands of years to come. We are therefore interested in supporting excellent research that:

  1. Defends or criticises the idea that we should primarily care about the very long-run impact of our actions.
  2. Works out the implications of a long-term view for our decisions today.
  3. Is of importance for the long-run future of civilisation, even if the research is not directly about the idea of long-term impact.

The Forethought Foundation is a project of the Centre for Effective Altruism, and works in close collaboration with the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford University.

The Roles

The Forethought Foundation is hoping to hire a Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant, and one or more Research Fellows.

Chief of Staff

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing other Forethought team members and contractors, advising Will on Forethought strategy, prioritization, and productivity, and an array of ad hoc projects.

We will consider applications as we receive them. Ideally, we'd like our chosen candidate to start work between June and September 2021.

For more information about the role and to apply, click here.

Executive Assistant

The successful candidate will aid Will with a wide variety of tasks, including scheduling meetings, handling traditional and social media, copywriting and copyediting, organizing reimbursements, and managing Forethought’s CRM.

We will consider applications as we receive them. Ideally, we'd like our chosen candidate to start work between April and June 2021.

For more information about the role and to apply, click here.

Research Fellow

The successful candidate will conduct research into topics directly relevant to the Forethought Foundation’s research agenda, which you will help set.

We are currently open to candidates wishing to engage in research in a wide variety of fields related to both theoretical and applied long-term oriented global priorities research and we are open on the extent to which the Fellow is producing work for an audience of other researchers or for a broader audience. We are particularly interested in candidates with backgrounds in philosophy, economics, history, or other areas relevant to theoretical or applied global priorities research.

We will assess applications to this position in July 2021. There is no fixed starting date.

For more information about the role and to apply, click here.

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