Generally Intelligent

Chief of Staff (AI Research)

Full-Time in San Francisco, CA

About the company

We started Generally Intelligent because we believe that software with human-level intelligence will have a transformative impact on the world. We’re dedicated to ensuring that that impact is a positive one.

We have enough funding to last for decades, and our backers include Y Combinator, researchers from OpenAI, Lightspeed, Threshold, and many others.

About the role

This is not your typical Chief of Staff role—it is not a good fit for a former consultant looking to build and scale a company. This is a good fit for someone deeply excited about the science behind AI—for example, someone who studied computer science and ML but does not want to be an engineer, or someone who studied neuroscience or cognitive science but finds the pace of research too slow.

Some projects you might work on:

  • Run “Generally Intelligent,” our podcast about machine learning researchers for machine learning researcher—thinking through who we should bring on as guests, and how to guide and distribute the content to make it as compelling as possible.

  • Work with the CEO and CTO to develop a map of the research landscape, ie, the individuals and labs behind the cutting edge AI, neuroscience, and infant psychology research that we find most interesting. You will have time to read and do your own research and investigation into the material to ensure that you deeply understand it.

  • Until we hire a recruiter, figure out how to build relationships with leading researchers and advisers, and lead our recruiting efforts across a variety of roles including machine learning researchers, software engineers, and operations.

  • Work with our Executive Assistant to design, plan, and execute workshops, seminars, and speaker series to learn from others and build strong relationships with external collaborators

  • Work with our Executive Assistant to plan team off-sites, dinners and other events to ensure we are continually building stronger relationships as a team.

  • Support our CEO across a wide variety of work, including identifying and booking outside speaking engagements, leading external communications (e.g. investor updates, outreach to potential collaborators and partners, blog posts, etc.) and internal communications (e.g. company-wide monthly presentations, hiring plans, strategic planning, etc).

  • Manage our part-time Office Manager, part-time Executive Assistant, part-time Financial Consultant, and generally delegate or execute to ensure smooth daily operations.

About you

  • You’re deeply interested in machine learning, neuroscience and the fundamentals of intelligence, and are excited about our mission to create safe AI systems that benefit all of humanity.

  • You are good at learning & growing extremely quickly.

  • You like people and enjoy building long-term relationships--both for yourself and on behalf of the organization.

  • You have good judgment and execute independently, even on projects with significant ambiguity.

About us

  • We believe in working with the absolute best people in the world (which is why we pay top of market)

  • We believe that there is somethings special about getting the most talented people together in one room, especially for research (which is why we’re fully in-person in SF)

  • We believe that curiosity and personal growth are both extremely important (which is why you will have a $30K+ yearly budget for executive coaching, books, courses, conferences, etc)

  • We believe that it is critical to not just attract great individuals, but build strong relationships between them (whichis why we have quarterly team off-sites, frequent team dinners, and other events)

  • We believe in spending money so that you can work more effectively (which is why you’re welcome to hire part-time and/or contract help in addition to the team mentioned above, and why you’ll have a significant budget to accomplish any of your goals)

  • We believe in creating a culture of science and truth-seeking, where no idea is too crazy to consider and no ideas are considered holy (which is why we encourage questions in the middle of company-wide presentations and why we force the most junior members in a meeting to weigh in first)

  • We also believe in creating a culture of psychological safety, where everyone feels able to voice their opinion without fear of judgment (which is why we have “Feelings Friday”, where we have space to share how we felt during the week, and why we have a culture manual with a bunch of small habits that help encourage safe, effective communication)

  • We believe in having fun, and that being in a positive environment isn't just much more productive, it's just a better way to live (which is why we take Friday afternoons off together as a team, joke around, and join in each others’ hobbies, whether it’s D&D or hiking or meditation)

  • We believe that creating software with human level intelligence comes with the responsibility to ensure that it benefits all of humanity, not just a select few (which is why we're creating a public benefit corporation [link to mission], why we’re interested in safety research [link to podcast], and why we have internal working groups on safety [link to thoughts about safety]).

How to apply

All submissions are reviewed by a person, so we encourage you to include a cover letter. If you have any other work that you can showcase (open source code, side projects, etc), you should certainly include it!

We try to reply either way within a week or two at most (usually much sooner).