Lead Exposure Elimination Project

Head of Operations


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LEEP seeks a dynamic and organised operations specialist who will build our operational capacity as we strengthen our model and scale to new locations

Position Summary

Application Deadline: June 30th
Starting Date: ASAP is preferable (September - October), but some flexibility is possible if joining later is necessary
Duration: Long term 
Hours: Full time
Location: Remote (any time zone), or from London office (LEEP cannot sponsor UK visas in 2023, but may be able to in future years)
Salary: $50,000-$70,000 USD
How to apply: Fill out this short application form. The strongest candidates will be contacted for the first-stage interview

About LEEP

LEEP is an impact-driven non-profit that aims to eliminate childhood lead poisoning, a massive problem affecting an estimated one in three children worldwide.
We have started with one major source of exposure: lead paint. We generate data on the extent of the problem, advocate to governments to introduce and enforce regulation, and support manufacturers with switching to lead-free ingredients. We expect our work to be extremely cost-effective and scalable. 

The LEEP team is growing fast, and we are looking for talented, driven people to help us achieve our mission of eliminating lead paint globally and - in so doing - improve tens of millions of lives.
Since our founding in August 2020, we have:
  • Successfully advocated for the implementation of lead paint regulation in Malawi. We estimate that our Malawi program will prevent lead poisoning in 215,000 children
  • Expanded operations to nine countries across three continents. Conducted eight paint studies and started working with five governments and several manufacturers
  • Received grants from major foundations, including Schmidt Futures and FTX Future Fund, and have been recommended by Rethink Priorities in its 2021 report for those who want to fund direct lead exposure work
We are aiming to have large-scale impact and our plans for 2023 are ambitious, including:
  • Retest paints in Malawi to track the transition to lead-free
  • Gain commitments to the introduction or implementation of regulation in five more countries, and have regulations come into force in one country
  • Expand to eight new countries
  • Conduct a pilot program to work on sources of lead exposure in addition to paint, further expanding our potential scale   

About the Role

LEEP seeks a dynamic operations expert who will lead the operations department as we grow, help LEEP to run effectively, and spearhead and professionalise LEEP’s operational processes. We are looking for candidates who are conscientious, high-agency, and who share LEEP’s values.

By ensuring LEEP’s work runs smoothly and efficiently, and by shaping the organisation as an early hire, you will make a huge difference in amplifying LEEP’s work and positively impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. 

Responsibilities May Include

Manage LEEP’s day-to-day operations - 60%
  • Finances and grant logistics
    • Bookkeeping and payroll (or overseeing outsourced bookkeeping and payroll)
    • Budget management
    • Coordinating incoming and outgoing grants
    • Handling payments to suppliers and expense reimbursements
    • Coordinating with accountants for year-end accounts preparation
  • Compliance and legal
    • Ensuring compliance with US 501(c)(3) charity registration regulations
    • Filing year-end reports 
    • Supporting the board of trustees in preparing their meetings
    • Drafting and implementing relevant policies
    • Ensure legal compliance
    • Ensure LEEP is insured for its activities 
    • Ensure ongoing compliance with relevant regulations (e.g. employment laws for our global team)
  • Logistics
    • Organising travel logistics for programs staff
    • Human resources, onboarding new staff and preparing contracts
    • Drafting, refining, and adhering to HR policies
    • Assisting in hiring as we scale
Develop systems that improve our organisational effectiveness - 20% 
  • Identify and improve operational systems, to streamline LEEP’s resources and ensure the organisation's robustness 

Wider organisational support - 20%
  • Take part in weekly team meetings and contribute to LEEP’s strategy discussions 
  • There is the opportunity to contribute to LEEP’s work in other areas, such as communications (e.g. improving website content) or programs (e.g. organising workshops) 

What We’re Looking For
LEEP is seeking a proactive, intelligent, highly skilled go-getter. The applicant will possess some or most of the following:
  • Passion for LEEP’s mission, and for doing good in the world at scale
  • Detail-oriented individual
  • A resourceful, and creative problem-solver who will take initiative and actively seek to improve the way we currently run our organisation
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills. A strong ability to prioritise your tasks and recognise how they tie in with LEEP’s wider goals  
  • A team player with solid interpersonal skills, who enjoys coordinating and working with others
  • Prior experience in operations or logistics
  • Calm under pressure
  • Enthusiasm for creating and optimising systems
  • Comfortable with risk and ambiguity, and working with a high level of self-direction
  • Should be capable of working in a remote environment, unless based in London
  • You can see more about what makes a good operations lead here.

Other promising attributes:
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, with a willingness to figure out how to tackle new problems, regardless of their experience level
  • An interest in startups or nonprofit startups
  • Familiarity with effective altruism

The ideal candidate will be experienced in operations in the global health space. However, we are more interested in talent than credentials. If you don’t fit some of the above criteria but think you are a good fit for this role, we’d love to see you apply. 


Benefits of Working at LEEP

  • A chance to have a large positive impact on the world, and improve hundreds of thousands of lives
  • Experience working at an early-stage, fast growing, effective altruism-aligned nonprofit
  • Flexible work hours according to your needs and rhythm
  • Shared workspace in London with a community of talented, dedicated and like-minded staff 
  • Remote work available 
  • 33 days of paid holiday
  • Unlimited sick leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Opportunity to travel to meet the team (if remote), for team retreats, and to attend conferences
  • Potential for management responsibilities as the organisation grows

How to Apply

  • Fill out this short application form. The strongest candidates will be contacted for the first-stage interview.
  • We respect your time, and we have designed our application process to reflect this. The first step of the application process should take about 20 minutes, and we only ask for more time from applicants we think would be an excellent fit for our organisation.
  • Later stages of the application process will consist of two work a series of work tasks and two interviews, and we aim to have made the final decisions by the end of August, and ideally before. 
  • This role has a 3-month test period, for you to get to know us and for us to get to know you better. 
  • If you have any questions about the position or the application process, please reach out to jack@leadelimination.org. I am happy to have a conversation!

LEEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2022-06-30

  • Category Global Poverty
  • Created by Jack Rafferty
  • Submitted 21 Jun
  • Last updated 21 Jun