CAIS Job Opening

Operations Manager

San Francisco, CA • Full-time • On-site


The Center for AI Safety is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, dedicated to research and the advancement of the field of AI safety. We believe that artificial intelligence will be a powerful technology that will dramatically change society, and our aim is to mitigate potential high-consequence risks. We are doing this through:

  • Technical and conceptual research
  • Promotion of safety within the broader machine learning community
  • Collaboration with academics, industry researchers, philosophers, and policy drivers who are uniquely positioned to influence the future of AI safety

In this role, you will:

  • Work with our Director of Operations in the creation, implementation, and communication of operational policies and standards throughout the organization
  • Manage technical set-up & maintenance of internal hardware and software systems
  • Support the HR function; help manage recruiting, benefits, payroll, & compliance
  • Develop and maintain the organization’s records & reports, including internal documentation and assessments as well as annual reports for audits
  • Support the operational needs of new and ongoing research and projects (e.g. project promotion, data entry, expenses, etc.)
  • Manage day-to-day office duties, such as food ordering and delivery, snacks, mail, office expansions, etc.

We’re looking for someone who is great at:

  • Developing and managing internal processes and policies that are simple and effective
  • Working with a diverse set of team members and supporting their individual needs while maintaining efficiency for the organization
  • Identifying and tracking the details; you’re able to design and maintain orderly systems with minimal oversight
  • Communicating clearly; ensuring everyone is clear on systems and processes
  • Working autonomously and thriving in a small and growing organizationImplementing solutions to increase efficiency across the organization

You might thrive in this role if you:

  • Are motivated by work that is focused on AI safety and risk
  • Have previous experience doing operations in a quickly growing organization (such as tech or a start-up)
  • Are conscientious and produce high quality work
  • Are bothered by inefficiencies and get joy from implementing a solution
  • Are adaptive, able to rapidly transfer to new domains while staying organized
  • Are excited by the idea of joining a small and growing team; that kind of collaboration and problem solving drives you  
  • Are open to new ideas and feedback, honest with yourself and others; at CAIS, even when it’s slightly uncomfortable, we prioritize getting to the best answer
  • Are energized to navigate ambiguity; creating new processes and policies is exciting to you


  • Health insurance for you and your dependents
  • Competitive PTO
  • Free lunch and dinner at the office
  • Reimbursement for commute fees
  • Annual learning & development stipend
  • Access to some of the top talent working on technical and philosophical research in the space
  • Numerous guest speakers including top philosophy professors and ML researchers
  • Personalized ergonomic technology set-up
  • Lots of office snacks!

We’re a young organization and currently building out our benefits offerings, so this list will grow!

Further Info

The salary range for this role is $80,000-$100,000. We are looking for someone with 2-3 years of work experience. We are a small organization in a quickly evolving field, and we believe in-person collaboration is key to our success, so we are looking for candidates who live in the San Francisco Bay Area or are willing to relocate.

If you have any questions about the role, feel free to reach out to

The Center of AI Safety is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Some studies have found that a higher percentage of women and underrepresented minority candidates won't apply if they don't meet every listed qualification. The Center for AI Safety values candidates of all backgrounds. If you find yourself excited by the position but you don't check every box in the description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

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