Project Manager

San Francisco, CA
Project Management /
Full-Time /
The Center for AI Safety (CAIS) is a research and field-building nonprofit lab on a mission to reduce societal-scale risks from AI. CAIS exists to ensure the safe development and deployment of AI. AI risk has emerged as a global priority, ranking alongside pandemics and nuclear war. Despite its importance, AI safety remains remarkably neglected, outpaced by the rapid rate of AI development. Currently, society is ill-prepared to manage the risks from AI. CAIS exists to equip policymakers, business leaders, and the broader world with the understanding and tools necessary to manage AI risk. To achieve this, we pursue three pillars of work: research, field-building, and advocacy & policy.

We’re seeking a highly skilled project manager who is excited by our mission to develop and promote the field of AI safety. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of project management techniques, such as stakeholder management and project planning, and the ability to adapt to a diverse range of projects. In this role, you will have the opportunity to lead important and impactful projects that are critical to the growth and improvement of the AI safety community. 

We pride ourselves as being interdisciplinary, and we think this is a unique and exciting opportunity to be on the forefront of this quickly evolving technical field, regardless of previous technical training.

We're looking for someone who is great at:

    • Taking an idea and shaping it into a program or project, thinking critically and strategically about the right approach, the right stakeholders, the right scope, etc.
    • Developing and managing project plans including timelines, budgets, and milestones.
    • Managing a diverse set of stakeholders and keeping everyone on track to the project goals.
    • Being agile with adjusting course when internal or external factors shift.
    • Independently getting context in new domains/project areas from experts, papers, or other channels.
    • Communicating well verbally and in writing.
    • Identifying and managing project risks; escalating effectively when necessary.
    • Working autonomously and thriving in a small and growing organization.

You might thrive in this role if you:

    • Have 3+ years of experience.
    • Are motivated by work that is focused on AI safety and risk.
    • Are conscientious and produce high quality work.
    • 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 fully own a project; managing the details without losing sight of the bigger picture.

Benefits include:

    • Health, dental, vision insurance for you and your dependents.
    • Competitive PTO.
    • 401(k) plan with 4% matching.
    • Free lunch and dinner at the office.
    • Commuter benefits.
    • Personalized ergonomic technology set-up.
    • Access to some of the top talent working on technical and conceptual research in the space.
$110,000 - $150,000 a year
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!