Talent Management Associate

GovAI was founded to help humanity navigate the transition to a world with advanced AI. One of our main pathways to accomplishing that objective is by helping talented individuals enter the AI governance space, skill up and learn, and find positions that will allow them to do high-impact work. We are looking for a Talent Management Associate to support that effort.

As Talent Management Associate, you will work closely with GovAI’s Operations Team, led by Paul Harding, and GovAI’s Research Manager, Emma Bluemke, to organise and execute on the sourcing, selection, and development of AI governance talent. You will be the first point of contact for the various stakeholders involved in our talent development work, implement the necessary administrative and operational processes for sourcing and running our talent programmes, and work on the continual improvement of all aspects of those programmes.

Applications for Talent Management Associate are now closed.

About the Team

Our first research agenda, published in 2018, helped define and shape the nascent field of AI governance. Our team and affiliate community possess expertise in a wide variety of domains, including compute governance, US-China relations, arms race dynamics, EU policy, and AI progress forecasting.

GovAI researchers have published in top journals and conferences, including International Organization, NeurIPS, and Nature Machine Intelligence. Our alumni have gone on to research roles at top academic institutions, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, and top AI labs, including DeepMind and OpenAI.

Role Description 

As Talent Management Associate, you will work closely with Paul and Emma on key GovAI talent programmes. Responsibilities will include:

  • Manage the timely execution of our recurring talent hiring processes (primarily for our Summer/Winter Fellowship and Research Scholar programme), also serving as the primary point of contact for all stakeholders involved in the process.
  • Execute and improve our outreach strategy for sourcing the best possible candidates for our programmes.
  • Oversee the visa sponsorship process (in collaboration with external counsel) of successful applicants to our talent programmes.
  • Implement scheduling and other operational processes for our Summer/Winter Fellowships, including organising welcome events, Q&As, and presentations.
  • Be responsible for the impact evaluation of our talent programmes, including the administration and processing of surveys and impact interviews with alumni and other stakeholders.
  • Support the Research Manager in maintaining and improving the quality and professionalism of our talent programmes.

Depending on your interests and skills, there is room for the role to develop further in several areas. Options include:

  • Independently assess the current state of our talent programmes, recommend pathways for improvement, and execute on those pathways. 
  • Independently assess the current state of our hiring pipeline, recommend pathways for improvement, and execute on those pathways.
  • Take primary ownership of our talent programmes, being the point person for our Fellows and Scholars, providing feedback on their research, and improve their individual learning outcomes.

Selection Criteria

We’re searching for a candidate who is:

  • Highly organised and competent at project management. This role will require the ability to manage complicated and concurrent work streams, and we need someone who can demonstrate highly structured work habits, confidence in prioritising between tasks, and a conscientious approach to organisation.
  • Motivated by a drive to excellence and by producing valuable results; seeks out opportunities to improve their skills.
  • Good at working as part of a fast-moving team. This role will require taking high-level directions from Paul and Emma, and frequent collaboration with other team members, especially within the Operations team.
  • Excellent at oral and written communication. This role will require clear and prompt communication with a wide range of stakeholders, both over email and in person.
  • Some experience in, or excitement to learn about, AI governance.

Although not mandatory, the following qualities would make a candidate exceptionally promising:  

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to line-manage junior researchers to ensure that researchers are receiving appropriate support. 
  • Interest in designing and creating processes for selecting research topics, finding collaborators, eliciting useful feedback, and disseminating research effectively. 
  • Prior experience with administering and/or designing recruiting processes and/or talent search.

Salary and location

This position could be full-time or part-time, depending on the selected candidate’s skill level and on further discussions with Paul and Emma. You will be managed by Paul but will also work closely with Emma. Our offices are located in Oxford and we strongly prefer team members to be based here, although we are open to hiring individuals who require short periods of remote work. We are able to sponsor visas. 

The Talent Management Associate will be compensated in line with our salary principles. As such, the salary for this role will depend on the successful applicant’s experience, but we expect the full time range to be between £47,500 and £65,000. In the case of a part-time hire, the salary will be adjusted pro-rata. In rare cases where salary considerations would prevent a candidate from accepting an offer, there may also be some flexibility in compensation. 

Benefits associated with the role include health, dental, and vision insurance, a £5,000 annual wellbeing budget, a £1,500 annual commuting budget, flexible work hours, extended parental leave, ergonomic equipment, a 10% employer pension contribution, and 33 days of paid vacation (including Bank Holidays).  


How to apply‍ and what to expect

The application process consists of a written submission in the first round, a paid remote work test in the second round, and an interview in the final round. For some candidates, we may also arrange an in-person work trial. Please apply using the form linked below. The first page of this application form will give more details on what the form will request. This will include a CV, some basic personal details, and answers to 4 short questions. 

We are looking to hire someone for this role as soon as possible. As such, we will probably begin reviewing applications before the deadline. We hope to respond to all first round applicants in the week of May 29th, 2023.

GovAI is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and we encourage individuals with underrepresented perspectives and backgrounds to apply. We especially encourage applications from women, gender minorities, people of colour, and people from regions other than North America and Western Europe who are excited about contributing to our mission. We are an equal opportunity employer and want to make it as easy as possible for everyone who joins our team to thrive in our workplace. 

If you need assistance with the application due to a disability, or have any other questions about applying, please email contact@governance.ai.

Applications for this position are now closed.

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