Chief of Staff

New York Full-time

About GiveDirectly

GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving -  and millions of lives - by allowing donors to provide capital grants directly to the world’s poorest.   The Brookings Institution estimates that 80B of cash transfers would be required to eliminate the poverty gap; the aid sector currently spends 140B each year, much of which is spent on evidence-free interventions.  We want to change that, establishing a benchmark as Vanguard did for the financial industry (i.e. index fund), and in the process accelerate the end of extreme poverty.

GiveDirectly has raised over 150M since launching in 2011, delivered cash to more than 100,000 families, and has been celebrated as one of the most innovative non-profit companies by Fast Company.  The Guardian writes, “GiveDirectly…has sent shockwaves through the charity sector. While the New York Times Magazine adds, “The beautiful thing about GiveDirectly’s approach is that it lets people devise their own path out of poverty.” The growing movement toward cash transfers and GiveDirectly’s leading role in the movement have also been featured in This American Life, Foreign Affairs, and The Economist.

We’re looking for exceptional talent to help grow GiveDirectly and the broader movement.  Our culture is honest, direct, analytical, non-hierarchical, fast-paced, transparent, and hard working.  We are open to candidates from any industry and typically recruit from top schools/firms and offer competitive salary and benefits.

Role overview:

You will support and report to GiveDirectly’s CEO. This position will involve dynamic prioritization across a mix of short and long-term projects, touching both operations and revenue. Your role will be focused on ensuring that mission-critical processes are well-structured & run, while also helping to drive special projects and initiatives. Core functions will include: (1) supporting the CEO on key relationships with high profile donors, media, and thought leaders, including prep and follow-up for interviews, speaking engagements, and meetings (2) driving one-off research initiatives and analyses that help to inform key proposals and initiatives (both internal and external) and (3) streamlining and structuring run-rate management functions and processes (e.g. management meetings, global OKR tracking etc). 

What we're looking for:

An individual with a strong drive to take ownership, a desire to work on a fast-paced team, and an interest in building, managing and scaling key relationships and projects with partners and, in turn, maximizing GiveDirectly’s impact. Other things we’d like to see:

  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in and aptitude for project management
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain calm and good judgment in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
  • A proclivity for giving (and gracefully receiving) direct, honest feedback
  • Ideally ~3 years of experience in a top private or public sector organization