The SERI ML Alignment Theory Scholars (MATS) program
aims to find and train talented individuals for what we see as the world’s most urgent and talent-constrained problem: reducing risks from unaligned artificial intelligence. We believe that ambitious young researchers from a variety of backgrounds have the potential to contribute to the field of alignment research. We aim to provide the mentorship, curriculum, financial support, and community necessary to aid this transition. Please see our theory of change
for more details.
We are looking for an experienced individual with strong interpersonal skills who will work with the MATS team to support the needs of scholars and grow the MATS community. Strong candidates are excited about alignment field-building, enjoy supporting others, and have experience managing community health for similar programs.
Compensation will be $30-55/h, depending on experience. Must be willing to work from Berkeley, CA. Office space provided. Start ASAP. Full-time work during Q3-4 2023 (preferably continuing beyond this).
A community manager needs to be proactive and responsive to the MATS scholars’ needs and able to enhance scholar experience through personal discussions, event planning, and project management. Reports to the Director of Program. Specific responsibilities will change depending on cohort and program needs, but you can expect tasks like:
- Meeting with scholars to provide emotional support and receive community feedback;
- Supporting scholar orientation and offboarding;
- Coordinating and supervising talks, workshops, and social/networking events (for example, see the MATS 2023 winter program);
- Setting up and monitoring systems to improve the program based on scholar feedback;
- Liaising with with an external HR team;
- Gathering information on physical and mental health and connecting scholars with appropriate resources; and
- Reporting community health concerns to the MATS Executive team.
Examples of tasks the previous community manager completed include:
- Drafting a community health policy and scholar handbook for MATS;
- Collecting resources on ADHD to support scholars seeking a diagnosis;
- Leading weekly lightning talks in the office for scholars to communicate their research;
- Creating surveys to gather information about scholar health and program value;
- Conducting scholar interviews post-program;
- Organizing a career fair.
- US work authorization required;
- Located in or willing to move to Berkeley, CA;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- High cognitive empathy;
- Autonomy and proactivity;
- Comfortable working with private and confidential information;
- Able to function in a crisis (e.g., assault);
- Ideally some knowledge of AI safety-specific concerns (e.g., "doomerism," "infohazards," etc.)