Information for Open Philanthropy

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Basic information

Item Value
Country United States
Website https://www.openphilanthropy.org/
Team page https://www.openphilanthropy.org/about/team
Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Philanthropy_(organization)

Staff count by year

Hover over a name to see the position and date range. This table only includes positions where at least the start date is known. The positions count can count the same person multiple times if they held different positions. For each year, a person is included if they were at the organization for any part of the year; this means the actual staff count at any point during the year can be lower.

Year Positions count Researchers General staff Associates Board members Advisors
2015 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2016 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2017 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2018 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2019 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2020 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey
2021 2 Daniel Dewey Daniel Dewey

Number of full-time staff at the beginning each year

The following table lists some dates and people who were at the organization on the given date (namely, the start of the year). The table may not list every person who worked for the organization (e.g. they could have joined and left in the middle of a single year). This table excludes associates, interns, advisors, and board members.

Date Staff count Staff
2015-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2016-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2017-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2018-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2019-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2020-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey
2021-01-01 2 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey

Full history of additions and subtractions

This table shows the full change history of positions. Each row corresponds to at least one addition or removal of a position. Additions are in green and subtractions are in red. If a position name changed, it is listed simultaneously as an addition (of the new name) and removal (of the old name) and colored yellow. Additionally there are faded variants of each color for visited links.

Date Number of positions Number of positions added Number of positions removed Positions added Positions removed
6 6 0 Christopher Olah, Dario Amodei, Helen Toner, Holden Karnofsky, Jacob Steinhardt, Paul Christiano
2015-01-01 8 2 0 Daniel Dewey, Daniel Dewey

List of people (8 positions)

Person Title Start date End date AI safety relation Subject Employment type Source Notes
Daniel Dewey Consulting Research Analyst 2015-01-01 position grant investigation [1]
Daniel Dewey Program Officer for Potential Risks from Advanced Artificial Intelligence 2015-01-01 position grant investigation full-time [2]
Paul Christiano Technical advisor position scientific advising advisor [3]
Jacob Steinhardt Technical advisor position scientific advising advisor [3]
Christopher Olah Technical advisor position scientific advising advisor [3]
Dario Amodei Technical advisor position scientific advising advisor [3]
Holden Karnofsky Executive Director position grant investigation full-time [4], [5]
Helen Toner [6]

Products (1 product)

Name Creation date Description
Open Philanthropy Project AI Fellows Program 2017-09-12 A fellowship to support PhD students in AI and machine learning. For the creation date, see [7].

Organization documents (10 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Document scope Cause area Notes
Our Approach to Recruiting a Strong Team 2021-01-05 Anya Hunt Open Philanthropy Open Philanthropy Open Philanthropy’s Recruiting Manager Anya Hunt discusses with Michael Levine about Open Philanthropy’s approach to recruiting, the role of work tests in the application process, and measures Open Phil is taking to diversify their pipeline and attract talent from different communities.
Reflections on Our 2018 Generalist Research Analyst Recruiting 2019-03-07 Luke Muehlhauser Open Philanthropy Open Philanthropy Muehlhauser gives an overview of Open Philanthropy Project’s recent hiring round, as well as some lessons that were learned in the course of hiring.
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-28 Luke Muehlhauser Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy Muehlhauser gives thoughts on applying to effective altruist organizations. He encourages people to not worry about wasting organizations’ time reviewing applications.
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-27 Aaron Gertler Effective Altruism Forum Centre for Effective Altruism, Open Philanthropy, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Ought, Vox, AI Impacts, Center for Human-Compatible AI, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative Job application experience Various Gertler describes his experience applying to various effective altruism-related organizations.
Comment on After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-26 Max Daniel Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy, OpenAI, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative, Centre for Effective Altruism, Future of Humanity Institute, AI Impacts Daniel gives his experience applying to various effective altruist organizations, detailing the time he spent on applications and preparation.
After one year of applying for EA jobs: It is really, really hard to get hired by an EA organisation 2019-02-25 EA applicant Effective Altruism Forum Open Philanthropy, Centre for Effective Altruism, Future of Humanity Institute, Effective Giving UK, Rethink Charity, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Global Priorities Institute, Ought, Veddis, Berkeley Existential Risk Initiative A pseudonymous effective altruist gives their experience applying to various effective altruist (and related) organizations.
Simultaneous Shortage and Oversupply 2019-01-25 Jeff Kaufman Open Philanthropy, Machine Intelligence Research Institute Job market commentary Various Kaufman articulates a puzzle: EA-related organizations take a long time to fill open roles, but there are a lot of people interested in joining such organizations. Although no individual organization is discussed in depth, job postings for the Open Philanthropy Project and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute are mentioned. Post also available on Facebook at [8] The comments on the Facebook post also show up in the original post location, and include thoughts from people on why they are not applying for EA jobs. A comment by Sarah Spikes notes her experience working on the tech side at CEA
Hi, I’m Holden Karnofsky. AMA about jobs at Open Philanthropy 2018-03-26 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Open Philanthropy Karnofsky and several other Open Philanthropy Project employees answer questions about what it is like to work at Open Philanthropy Project.
New Job Opportunities 2018-02-14 Holden Karnofsky Open Philanthropy Open Philanthropy A blog post announcing several openings for positions at the Open Philanthropy Project, including generalist research analyst and specialist AI alignment positions.
Comment on Let’s conduct a survey on the quality of MIRI’s implementation 2016-02-19 Nate Soares Effective Altruism Forum Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Open Philanthropy Daniel Dewey AI safety Soares responds to a blog post calling for an evaluation of MIRI’s research output and strategy. Soares mentions an ongoing investigation by Open Philanthropy Project, as well as plans for “an independent evaluation of our organizational efficacy”.

Documents (0 documents)

Title Publication date Author Publisher Affected organizations Affected people Affected agendas Notes

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