Ryan Fugate

Program Manager @ Centre for Effective Altruism
Working (6-15 years of experience)
65Joined Jun 2022

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I am the program manager for the CEA Online team (the group that runs this Forum), which means I do a bit of everything - operations, analysis, support, and anything else that needs doing.  This is my first role in an EA org, and I am new(ish) to EA, so I am keen to meet as many people as I can!  Email me or message me through the Forum, I'll be happy to connect.

I am joining the CEA team from a fintech where I held roles in product management, corporate strategy, and operations, and I spent some obligatory time as a strategy consultant before that.  I also graduated with a degree in cognitive neuroscience which I've never been able to put to practical use but still find fascinating.

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CEA is hiring for a Product Designer!

Read more in our Forum post here, or apply directly here.

We are looking for someone to join the Online team who is comfortable owning every stage of the product design process. This will be CEA’s first full-time design hire and will pioneer design work for some of EA’s most prominent websites, including the EA Forum.

This role does not require significant past involvement in EA, and we encourage you to refer us to any talented designers who you think might be interested in getting involved.

Very fair critique - I've tried to update the language in the post to more accurately reflect what we're looking for, which is:

  • You can have no EA background and still be a well-qualified applicant who we would be really excited to speak with
  • BUT we think at a minimum you should be excited about what you have heard/read about effective altruism and generally looking for a role where you can have a positive social impact

Why that 'but'?  We would like people to be excited about what they do, and if you are opposed to the core ideas of effective altruism, then working at the Centre for Effective Altruism is probably not going to be the most motivating day-to-day role you will be able to find.

If you are a skilled designer who is new to EA but generally excited about the ideas, this is a totally plausible role for you and CEA is an excellent place to get a lot of EA context quickly (I can vouch - that has been my personal trajectory).

A few more-specific responses:

  • I've updated the description of the People Ops interview - both shorter and less EA focused.  This was my honest mistake and wasn't a great representation of the call, which is about you as a candidate rather than about EA credentials. (I've also now double-checked the descriptions of the other stages and am happy with their accuracy.)
  • I've changed the description of the categorical feedback to "not aligned enough with EA".  I'm still not thrilled with the word "aligned", but trying to get at the description above - if you aren't at all interested in engaging with the ideas of EA, that can be an early disqualifier. Thoughts welcome on better alternatives to "aligned".
  • The participation in effective altruism application question is not used as a qualifier / disqualifier - it is a quick way for us to get a sense of how much EA context you have going into the interviews so we can match our EA-related questions to your level of context.

Hope that helps. Please do post this to non-EA friends/groups, we'd be happy to speak with them. And thank you for asking a question that I'm sure others were thinking!