Longtermist Grantmaker

Deadline to apply: Interested candidates should apply immediately. We will review and process applications as they come in and will respond to your application within 10 working days of receiving the fully completed first stage of your application. We will close this hiring round as soon as we successfully hire a candidate (that is, there is no fixed deadline).

 

Responsibilities

The successful candidate would determine Longview’s grantmaking in longtermist areas of focus decided by the candidate over time. The available budget would be in the millions of dollars per year initially. This could grow quickly into the tens of millions if the successful candidate finds sufficiently strong opportunities. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will work across multiple longtermist fields initially and specialise over time to lead our grantmaking in areas in which they develop particular opportunities to contribute.

The longtermist grantmaker will:

  • Build and maintain relationships in the candidate’s chosen field(s).

  • Develop a strategy for Longview’s work in those fields, clarifying which goals are most promising and identifying what types of grants would make the strongest progress toward these goals. The focus on strategy will be greater for fields with less existing longtermist presence.

  • Investigate and determine grants.

    • Fund existing projects that advance identified goals. 

    • Identify new activities that could alleviate bottlenecks and seek out appropriate grantees to carry them out; develop project ideas in collaboration with potential grantees and partners.

  • Assess the progress of established projects and conduct investigations for renewal grants.

  • Communicate about projects and/or your overall strategy with our collaborators.

 

The successful candidate would collaborate substantially with Grants Analyst Kit Harris and be managed by Longview’s Managing Director, Simran Dhaliwal (which involves weekly 1-1s and regular performance reviews).

 

Who Should Apply for This Role?

Essential: the ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes.
 

  • An understanding of the implications of longtermism.

  • Enthusiasm about identifying bottlenecks in one or more longtermist fields and autonomously developing initiatives to resolve these problems.

  • Hands-on experience within longtermist field(s) and/or adjacent fields, especially if that experience has given the candidate a broad network within the field and/or a broad understanding of it. For example, a candidate might have worked in or around biotechnology for a few years and conducted one or more biosecurity projects; a candidate might have conducted research into a longtermist issue.

  • Comfort thinking about philanthropy in terms of expected value and using systematic, quantitative frameworks to make decisions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the candidate will need to proactively communicate with potential grantees, domain experts, and colleagues, and must be able to present complicated topics clearly, both in writing and verbally.

  • Comfort giving and receiving input, feedback and constructive criticism.

 

Desirable: any of the following would be a material bonus, but are not required.

  • Experience developing new initiatives. This could include, for example, making seed grants to new organisations, founding a startup, or initiating new projects inside established organisations.

  • PhD-level credentials in computer science, national security, public health, policy more broadly, or another relevant field.

If you are unsure whether you should apply for this role, we strongly encourage you to reach out to Kit Harris for a 15-minute conversation (Calendly, email).

We are able to sponsor work visas for this position.

Salary, Benefits and Location

  • This position is full-time, working primarily in London from our office in the beautiful, plant-filled Second Home Spitalfields.

  • Starting salary of around £100,000 / $130,000 p.a., depending on experience.  There is scope for an increased starting salary dependent on experience and skills.

  • Benefits include: generous paid vacation time, 10% employer pension contribution, access to a team personal assistant, equipment budget, training budget, well-being budget, private healthcare and dental care, and a well-stocked office fridge. 

  • We have flexible working hours and some team members regularly work from home. We typically work regular hours (c. 9am-6pm).

Application Process

For transparency and to respect the time of candidates, we would like to clearly outline the application process:

  • First stage: CV, short application form & standardised test.

    • Once you have submitted the short application form and emailed your CV to jobs@longview.org, you will be emailed the next working day with instructions to complete the online standardised test. No preparation is needed for the standardised test.  

    • We will be in touch about your application within 10 working days of you completing all components of this stage.

    • Note that we are assessing and progressing applications on a rolling basis. We will close this hiring round as soon as we successfully hire a candidate (i.e. no fixed deadline).

  • Second stage: paid work task (8 hours maximum). We will compensate candidates £600 ($800) for completing this stage.

  • Third stage: interviews/discussions with the Longview team about fields you are interested in working in and real grantmaking decisions we are making. We will compensate candidates at £75/hr ($100/hr).

  • Fourth and final stage: work trial (likely c. 2 weeks, ideally full-time in London).

    • We expect to invite 1 or 2 candidates to work on one main project focused on grantmaking activities in a possible area of focus for the candidate.

    • We recognise an in-person trial is a significant commitment. Compensation will be provided to all candidates who complete a work trial (£2,000/$2,700 per working week) and all travel/accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

    • We are keen to work with the final candidate(s) to ensure they are able to complete a work trial, and aim to be flexible and accommodating. This could include the work trial being spread over a longer period alongside the candidate’s existing work.

  • The starting date for the position will be determined together with the successful candidate. However, we are looking to hire as soon as possible.

  • Email kit@longview.org with any questions. 

  • Longview Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.

 

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About Longview Philanthropy

Longview Philanthropy’s mission and activities

Longview Philanthropy is a non-profit based in London and Oxford. We are a longtermist grantmaking, research and advisory organisation and we currently recommend grants totalling tens of millions of dollars p.a. Our grant recommendations are driven by the conviction that we can use evidence and reason to find the highest-impact opportunities in the world. We focus on global challenges that could transform our future for many generations to come, including safely navigating emerging technologies and fostering a society with a more long-term outlook. Everything we offer is free-of-charge and independent. 

 

Longview Philanthropy’s team culture

We are a collaborative, dedicated and positive team. We are all deeply motivated by the work that we do and the impact we can have. We are an ambitious organisation with a culture of clear communication, feedback, ownership over our work and a strong focus on outcomes.