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Operations and Legal Program Manager

We are no longer actively seeking applications for this position. Candidates are welcome to apply using the instructions linked below, and we will consider the application if/when we resume the search, or if the application is exceptional.

Position: Operations and Legal Program Manager
Location: San Francisco, CA
Compensation: Depends on experience
Timeline: There is no firm deadline for applying.


We are looking for an Operations and Legal Program Manager with experience leading complex, multi-disciplinary projects and assisting with legal matters. This person will report to the Director of Operations and contribute to the smooth running of the organization by recommending and implementing improvements and managing projects in many domains for which the operations team is responsible, including:

  • Governance, risk management, and compliance
  • Human resources
  • Donations processing, donor communications, and grant-making


  • Assist with compliance reviews and make recommendations on a broad range of legal issues, including U.S. and international grant-making, issues related to donations processing and donor communications, and a variety of third-party agreements.
  • Support in-house counsel and oversee legal vendors. Recommend and implement procedures for handling legal work and compliance issues.
  • Collaborate with legal counsel, management, and the Board of Directors to implement changes to governance practices.
  • Manage GiveWell's outsourced human resources firm. Oversee human resources projects, including benefits, employee and contractor onboarding, and compensation; establish systems and procedures customized to GiveWell's needs.
  • Potentially manage project to review and implement improvements to data security procedures; manage outsourced IT.
  • In cooperation with the Director of Operations, set and refine operations team strategy. Plan Operations team meetings and events.
  • Assist with planning for meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Additional responsibilities may include managing other operations staff.

Qualifications and characteristics

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Operations, legal, program management, and/or project management experience.
  • We will consider candidates with relevant practical experience in business management, law (including attorneys and paralegals), project management, and other related fields for this position.
  • Experience overseeing consultants and/or other management experience desired.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Strong attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with open-ended questions, where no clear precedents or guidelines exist.
  • Value the intensity and open-endedness of a small organization over the stability and comfort of a larger corporation.

To apply

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You may also send additional material, such as a letter of recommendation, to support your application; this is not required. Please send those materials to

We plan to respond to all submissions. Please contact with any questions.

Please note:

  • We prefer candidates who will be based at our office in San Francisco, but we are open to someone who works remotely.
  • Relocation assistance may be available.

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 forty full- and part-time employees and are located in Oakland.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. Here’s a secret: there's no such thing as a "perfect" candidate. GiveWell is looking for exceptional people who want to help create a place where everyone can thrive. So however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this role would make you excited to wake up everyday.

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. As a general rule, requests to work remotely outside the U.S. will be allowed at GiveWell’s sole discretion and generally for locations that are within three hours of the Pacific Standard Timezone. Exceptions to this general rule may be made, but only in exceptional circumstances.

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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