Product Manager

Work with us to build magical experiences for our students so they go on to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Apply by 30 June

About BlueDot Impact

We’re a non-profit helping people create a better future for humanity by designing and running courses on some of the world’s most pressing problems. We find people who could have enormous impact, motivate and equip them via our courses, and connect them with impactful opportunities.

Over the past 2 years, we’ve supported 2,500 people to learn about AI safety and pandemic preparedness, and our alumni work in critical roles across government and industry. In 2024, we’ll train 3,000 people via our three main courses (AI Alignment, AI Governance, Pandemics). In 2025, we’ll expand our course portfolio by designing courses on topics like cybersecurity for AI companies, technical AI governance, biosecurity policy, and upskilling in machine learning. We’ll also expand our workshops for government policymakers. 

We’re a small and intense team. We’re very serious about having a big impact on the world, while also enjoying a fun and silly working environment. We’re always learning new things, teaching each other new skills, and improving the way we work so we’re more effective at producing great courses that scale. We have high expectations for each other’s work, and we support each other to meet those expectations. 

The team is roughly split in two: focus area specialists who design the courses, and the product/software team who build and improve the course infrastructure. As of June 2024, our team consists of Adam, Dewi, Li-Lian, Luke, and Will. By the end of 2024, we’ll have ~10 team members as we hire experts in AI safety and biosecurity, a software engineer, and a product manager. 

We’re grateful to be supported by Open Philanthropy, and we’ve raised $4M thus far. We’re now fundraising $5M to support our work over the next two years.

Learn more about other open roles and our team values on our Careers page.

What you'll do

We’re looking for a technically skilled individual who is obsessed with building magical experiences for the students in our courses. You’ll identify challenges students face when upskilling and pursuing impactful opportunities, you’ll propose solutions to those challenges, and you’ll help build products that accelerate our students’ impact. You won’t be expected to do much coding, but you will develop low-code prototypes that will be further developed by our software engineer.

We aspire for our students to lead the fields of AI safety and biosecurity over the coming decades, and to create a better future for all of humanity. 

  • With better learning experiences on our courses, they’d be more capable of identifying the most important problems, prioritising interventions, and making progress in solving those problems. 
  • With better alumni career support, more of our students would take the leap to leave their current roles and find impactful jobs or found new organisations.

In the first 6 months, you’ll:

  • Get to know our users and participate in some of our courses.
  • Improve the learning experience in our courses.
    • You might prototype an AI tutor (like Khanmigo) that’s integrated into our Course Hub, which follows best practices from the science of learning and has access to our course resources.
    • You might build an email-based spaced repetition system for course alumni (like Anki, but integrated into something they use every day), to reinforce core concepts and encourage continuous learning.
  • Inspire alumni to be more proactive in their pursuit of impact, and help them land more impactful jobs.
    • You might design a virtual hackathon to augment our Project Sprints, to encourage more entrepreneurship and agentic behaviour.  
    • You might design a recruitment platform that impactful organisations use to find leads from our alumni community. 
    • You might launch a job opportunities newsletter (akin to 80k or EA UK).
  • Learn to use a range of platforms to deliver our courses, including Airtable, Make, Customer.io, miniExtensions, Bubble, Whalesync, CoAlias, Porkbun, Posthog, and more.

After 6 months, you will:

  • Use your understanding of our students to identify critical challenges on their path to impact.
  • Brainstorm and prioritise solutions.
  • Develop a product strategy and manage a roadmap.
  • Build and test prototypes.
  • Integrate successful prototypes into our core infrastructure, support maintenance, and develop feedback loops.

About you

You might be a great fit for this role if you:

  • Feel passionate about preventing pandemics and/or an AI catastrophe.
  • Are excited to wear many hats, learn things quickly, and work on solving a variety of challenges.
  • Can diagnose complex problems in ambiguous situations, generate ideas on how to solve them, and rapidly test which solutions are most effective.
  • Have excellent writing and verbal communication skills. 
  • Have strong design skills, and strive to create beautiful and user-friendly products.
  • Can use low-code tools to build prototypes. 
  • Have a proven track record of defining product requirements and delivering products users love against a roadmap. 

We encourage speculative applications; we expect many strong candidates will not meet all of the criteria listed here.

We believe that a more diverse team leads to a healthier and happier workplace culture, better decision-making, and greater long-term impact. In this spirit, we especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply to this role, and to join us in our mission to help solve the world’s biggest problems.

Location and compensation

We’re based in LISA in East London, and we accept applications from all countries. We can sponsor your UK visa and it’s easy for us to do this, and we will pay for all your moving costs (flights, housing in London for 1 month, air freight). We have a strong preference for individuals who can move to London, though we will consider remote-first for exceptional candidates. This is a full-time role.

Compensation is based on your experience and relevant industry benchmarks, and will likely fall within £60-90k. Other benefits include:

  • An annual £5,000 wellbeing budget and a £5,000 productivity budget
  • Private health, dental, and vision insurance
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • 25 days of paid vacation in addition to public holidays.

Apply for this role

The application process consists of:

  • Stage 1: Initial application (<20 minutes).
  • Stage 2: Work test (2 hours).
  • Stage 3: Interview (45 mins).
  • Stage 4: 1-2 day in-person work trial in London. We’ll pay for your flights and accommodation. 

You will be compensated for all work samples at £30/hour.

The application deadline is 30 June. We evaluate candidates on a rolling basis and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the role, email dewi [at] bluedot [dot] org.

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