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Conversation Notes Writer

We are no longer actively seeking applications for this position.

Location: Conversation Notes Writers will set their own locations for work. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Compensation: $24/hour

Hours: The hours for this job are flexible and the position will be paid on an hourly basis. We expect a minimum of 25 hours per week.

Timeline: There is no deadline for applying. Please note that, recently, we have hired only 5% of applicants as Conversation Notes Writers.

Job description

We seek a Conversation Notes Writer to write summaries of GiveWell’s conversations with experts in various fields. Conversation notes are an essential part of GiveWell’s research process; for more on why, see our 2012 blog post on this topic. Examples of completed conversation notes include:

See more examples at (Note: conversation notes from July 2013 or later best represent GiveWell’s current standard for conversation notes.)


  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Passion for the work GiveWell does

To apply

  1. Complete a set of conversation notes for the conversation between Holden Karnofsky and Jessica Gottlieb (audio linked from this page). Follow the detailed instructions for writing these notes.
  2. Send the completed set of conversation notes and a resume to

GiveWell started as a group of finance professionals trying to do as much good as possible with their personal donations. Since 2007, it has been a full-time independent research group. We publish our charity recommendations, research, and the full details of our analysis publicly at

In 2018, GiveWell tracked $140 million in donations to our recommended charities as a direct result of our research. Our research has received accolades from Peter Singer (who featured it in his manifesto on giving, The Life You Can Save), Nicholas Kristof (who featured it in Half The Sky), and media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and NPR, and many others .

We have thirty-seven full- and part-time employees and are located in Oakland.

GiveWell accommodates flexible and remote working. We support and encourage flexible working, including flexible hours, regular work-from-home days, part-time work patterns, and periodic remote-work stints. The majority of our staff, including senior management, work flexibly in one way or another. Our preference is for staff to work from Oakland, but working remotely (including internationally) is also possible.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our staff, GiveWell is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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