Open position: Content associate
80,000 Hours is looking for a content associate to help us improve and grow the impact of the 80,000 Hours website, which provides free research and advice to help people use their careers to address the world’s most pressing problems.
As a content associate, you would review 80,000 Hours articles to ensure they are up to date, well presented, and error free, help us collect user feedback, provide analytical support, and generate ideas for the team (more on responsibilities below).
We’d like to support the person in this role to take on more responsibility over time; one possibility would be to move to become the primary author / researcher of new articles.
About the 80,000 Hours web team
80,000 Hours provides free research and support to help people find careers tackling the world’s most pressing problems.
We’ve had over 10 million visitors to our website (with over 100,000 hours of reading time per year), and more than 3,000 people have told us that they’ve significantly changed their career plans due to our work. We’re also the largest single source of people getting involved in the effective altruism community, according to the most recent EA Community Survey.
Our articles are read by thousands, and are among the most important ways we help people shift their careers towards higher-impact options.
As a content associate, you would:
- Support the 80,000 Hours web team flexibly across a range of articles and projects.
- Proofread 80,000 Hours articles before release, suggest style improvements, and check for errors.
- Upload new articles and make changes to the site.
- Ensure that our newsletters are sent out error-free and on time to the over 250,000 people on our mailing list.
- Provide analytical support for the team, improving our ability to use data to measure and increase our impact.
- Manage the gathering of feedback on our website from both readers and subject matter experts.
- Generate ideas for new pieces.
- Generally help grow the impact of the site.
Some of the types of pieces you could work on include:
- Career reviews — e.g. for software engineering
- Problem profiles — e.g. for preventing an AI-related catastrophe
- Newsletters / blogs – e.g. How we’re thinking about where to donate to charity this year
As some indication of what success in the role might look like, over the next year, you might do things like:
- Provide substantive comments and improvements for new research on various under-explored problem areas — e.g. whole brain emulation, wild animal suffering, or potential existential risks from totalitarianism.
- Restructure our systems for measuring the impact of the 80,000 Hours website, including both data-driven analysis and interviews of users and experts.
- Help us streamline our writing and editing workflows.
- Work on additional projects. We’re excited to help you double down on your strengths, based on 80,000 Hours’ needs and your personal fit. Examples of additional projects might include writing a blog post or short career review in an area of interest to you, analysing the results of our user survey, or supporting the annual review, impact evaluation, or planning processes for the web team.
Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for someone who has:
- An interest in effective altruism and/or longtermism.
- An aptitude for editing and writing.
- The ability to learn quickly and independently.
- Excitement to work on whatever kinds of projects are highest priority.
- The ability to be organised, detail-oriented, and able to keep track of a large number of tasks at once.
- A good fit with our cultural values.
We’re aware that factors like gender, race, and socioeconomic background can affect people’s willingness to apply for roles for which they meet many but not all the suggested attributes. We’d especially like to encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply!
You don’t need any previous experience to apply. In fact, we’d encourage you to apply even if you’re not sure you meet all of the above criteria – we’d much prefer to hear from you than not!
Details of the role
This is a full-time role. The salary will vary based on experience, but to give a rough sense, the starting salary for someone with no relevant experience would be approximately £58,000 per year.
We generally prefer people to work in-person in our London office if possible, but are open to remote work in this case. We can sponsor visas.
The start date of the role is flexible, but we would expect you to start during the first half of 2023 and prefer you to start as soon as you’re available.
Our benefits include:
- The option to use 10% of your time for self development
- 25 days of paid holiday, plus bank holidays
- Standard UK pension with 3% contribution from employer
- Private medical insurance
- Generous parental leave
- Long-term disability insurance
- Flexible work hours
- Gym, shower facilities, and free food provided at our London office
How to apply
To apply, please fill out this application form by 9am GMT on Tuesday, 14 February, 2023.
We expect it’ll take most people under 45 minutes. If you have any problems submitting the form, please send your CV to [email protected].
The application process will vary depending on the candidate, but is likely to include a short work test, an interview, and a multi-day in-person trial. The work test and trial will be paid.