EA Virtual Program Facilitator Application

Thank you so much for your interest in being a volunteer facilitator for EA Virtual Programs!

This application will always be open, as there are new rounds of programming starting the first or second week of every month. If you are hoping to facilitate for a particular round, the deadline is exactly one week before the participant application deadline for that particular round.

Note: Minors are not permitted to facilitate our programs at this time.

Why apply to facilitate for EA VP?

We think facilitating is an excellent way to make an impact and improve your own knowledge:

  • A high-fidelity and exciting learning experience will build a movement of people who can apply EA principles at high levels.

  • The act of teaching improves your own understanding of and ability to apply EA principles.

What do facilitators do?

For whichever program you facilitate, the role involves:

  • Preparing for the group discussions by reading the learning materials and reviewing the facilitator guide. This takes 1-3 hours a week depending on how familiar you are with the content already.
  • Facilitating the weekly discussions for your cohort of 3-5 participants. This takes 1 to 1.5 hours a week for each cohort you take on.

  • Supporting participants with any issues they might face and submitting attendance. Occasionally, some facilitators will do 1-1s with participants too.

  • Attend a training and kick-off session.

Note: we expect facilitators to spend a total of 2.5 to 4 hours a week on each cohort.

What do we look for?

You might be a good fit if you:

  1. You have (at the very least) a good understanding of the content for the specific program you want to facilitate in. You model applications and thought processes of EA principles well.

  2. You communicate in English effectively. You explain ideas at high fidelity (accurate, sufficiently comprehensive, easily understood) and you make participants feel welcomed and excited.

  3. You guide discussions well. There are many goals in a discussion, and you are able to balance them well (e.g. discussion contribution opportunities, Q&A opportunities, social opportunities, time, etc). You are able to build a culture of proactive learning and practising EA principles.

  4. You are reliable and have strong organisational skills. Participants are likely to show up and do their readings when facilitators coordinate well and show up on time consistently.

  5. You have a bit of familiarity with movement building models. The more familiar you are the better, but it’s not a requirement. We think it’s helpful for facilitators to have some reasonable and nuanced takes on how the EA community should grow.

How do we support facilitators?

  • Providing interactive facilitator training sessions, which are mostly optional, but one 60-90 minute training session is required when you start.

  • Being available to talk with you about how your sessions are going and offer our advice or feedback. You can talk to us during regularly scheduled facilitator office hours or book a time to talk one-on-one.

  • Finding a substitute facilitator if something comes up and you can't facilitate one of your sessions.

What does the application process look like?

  1. Filling out this application form - <30m

  2. Completing the trial task and asynchronous interview - <40m

  3. Completing the live interview - 20m (we usually skip this step if we have enough information)

  4. If you’re accepted,

    1. Submit the sign-up form

    2. Register for the training and kick-off session

Do I need to apply again if I have already gone through the application process?

No, you don’t. Please give us your availability by submitting this form instead.

I have a question.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at: virtualprograms@effectivealtruism.org.

The facilitator's slack channel is also a great resource to get support, advice, and feedback from other facilitators.

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Your Information

Whichever email you use here, please use the same email anytime you apply to one of our programs

Optional Demographic Questions

The nation(s) you are from; typically, this is where you are a citizen. To select more than one value, press and hold CMD or CTRL, and select the values that pertain to you.

Our programs aim to be valuable for people from various backgrounds and we would like to know what portions of the community we are reaching. Questions in this section are optional. Your answers provide valuable information that we use to evaluate our resources.

You’re able to read, write, and speak the language reasonably well. To select more than one value, press and hold CMD or CTRL, and select the values that pertain to you.

These categories are from the US and UK census, where CEA is based

(e.g.: Do you have other perspectives or viewpoints that are meaningful to your experience in EA or in your field, which you’d like us to consider as we develop our resources and events?)
Facilitator Preferences

Your answer can be 1-4 sentences; no need to write more.

Although the next few questions in this section are optional, we encourage you to fill them out if you have any relevant information. Your responses will help us accurately assess your abilities as a facilitator.

For example, completing an EA related research, supported a community building project, participated in any other EA related retreat or fellowship, etc.

For example, they could be your previous answers to the intro/in-depth program exercises, your comments or posts on the EA Forum, a blog post, a Google Doc, etc.

Your answer can be 1-4 sentences; no need to write more.

Your answer can be 1-4 sentences; no need to write more.

Your answer can be 1-4 sentences; no need to write more.

For example, they could be your former facilitator, a community builder in your local group, a peer who took the same program as you did, a former participant you've facilitated for, etc.

If facilitating in a language other than English: Discussions will be in Spanish/Portuguese, but most of the reading materials and videos will still be in English. We might not have enough Spanish or Portuguese-speaking participants, so there's a chance that you'll still be assigned to an English-speaking cohort.

Consent to sharing details with EA organizations?

The Centre for Effective Altruism may share my responses and any other data associated with my EA Virtual Programs participation with other organizations and organizers in the effective altruism community for the purpose of connecting me to potential collaborators and/or relevant resources that are likely to be of significant benefit or interest to me.

You may opt out of this consent at any time by emailing info@centreforeffectivealtruism.org.
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By participating in this program, you consent to being filmed or photographed, and potentially having those videos or images be used for training and quality control purposes. Please get in touch with us if you have concerns.

The information you provide will be used by CEA for the purpose of measuring the impact of our programs, supporting the EA community, and carrying out the other activities set out in the privacy policy.

You can contact us at virtualprograms@centreforeffectivealtruism.org if you have any questions.