The Partnership on AI Is Hiring


The Partnership on AI (PAI) is growing, and currently hiring for four critical roles: Chief Operating Officer, Director of Research, Director of Partnerships, and Program Associate.

Established in 2016, the Partnership on AI works to study and formulate best practices on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. We are a diverse, international multidisciplinary stakeholder community of over 50 Partner organizations in support of a mission to advance AI research and understanding and to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with AI technologies, including machine perception, learning, and automated reasoning.

The following are positions for which we are currently seeking candidates, all of which will report directly to the Executive Director and are based at the organization’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA:

Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer will partner with the Founding Executive Director in order to build out infrastructure, processes, and operations for the organization, which sits at the intersection of technology, policy, and research. Responsibilities will be diverse and will include building the organization alongside engagement with Board members, Partner organizations, and service providers. The successful candidate will be able to step into and grow within a leadership role as the organization develops and expands.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the annual operating plan and budget to ensure proper resource management and achievement of defined staffing, delivery, and financial metrics.
  • Design processes and systems that can drive efficiency in the growing organization.
  • Contribute to the Executive Director and leadership team’s priority-shaping and strategic roadmap for the organization, including the development and expansion of program areas and partnerships.

Application materials, candidate recommendations, and questions can be sent to the Executive Search Firm of Heidrick & Struggles:

Director of Research

The Director of Research will be responsible for overseeing and facilitating the research endeavors of the organization, with possibilities extending across conducting original research, contracting external research, and other forms of support of the AI (and impact of AI) research ecosystem (e.g., with grants or paper prizes). The individual will also contribute to the development of that Partnership’s strategic roadmap of priority areas for research attention, and interface with Partner organizations on best practice development for the AI field as it relates to PAI research areas.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee research budget and develop scalable system for research prioritization (e.g., across internal/external configurations, across content areas).
  • Understand and monitor the state-of-the-art in the AI field (and related disciplines); represent the organization and its progress at technical conferences or other forums to maintain visibility within the technology community.
  • Manage delivery of research projects and coordinate with Partner members from a research perspective, particularly via topic-specific Working Groups.
  • Seek out and support ground-breaking and influential third-party research and studies that further advance the AI field, understanding of its impacts, and governance of AI, including best practices.

Application materials, candidate recommendations, and questions can be sent to the Executive Search Firm of Heidrick & Struggles:

Director of Partnerships

The Director of Partnerships will be responsible for managing and growing the membership of the organization, including its current 50+ members and new future Partners. The individual will give attention to the composition of the organization’s membership and develop a strategy to ensure broad and diverse representation of stakeholders across sectors. The Director of Partnerships will also be responsible for working with the Executive Director and other senior staff to develop and execute on fundraising priorities aligned with the organization’s growth trajectory. Finally, this individual will develop a process by which organizations request membership and otherwise make inquiries to and interface with the organization.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the maintenance and development of the Partnership’s diverse 50+ member community. Actively communicate with and engage existing partners.
  • Identify and work to fill gaps in current membership representation and capital sources, and actively recruit new for-profit and nonprofit Partner organizations.
  • Establish and track metrics related to Partner satisfaction and organizational effectiveness.
  • Advise and track partnership revenue goals to ensure financial viability of the organization.
  • Assist in planning the strategic growth initiatives of the organization, ensuring the leadership team shares a common focus on key market and partnership opportunities.
  • Help to cultivate a diverse and collaborative membership community.

Application materials, candidate recommendations, and questions can be sent to the Executive Search Firm of Heidrick & Struggles:

Program Associate

The Program Associate position is an analytical, project-focused role that will support research, discussions, identification, sharing, and recommendation of best practices in the research, development, testing, and fielding of AI technologies. The position will involve substantive consideration of such areas as fairness and inclusivity, explanation and transparency, security and privacy, values and ethics, collaboration between people and AI systems, interoperability of systems, and of the trustworthiness, reliability, containment, safety, and robustness of AI technologies. Program Associates will help shape projects and activities at an early stage of development, and are principally responsible for the execution of these activities, working closely with PAI Partner organizations.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead deep engagement and collaboration between Partner organizations and PAI staff.
  • Support senior leaders from Partner organizations in research, strategic prioritization, and project management work associated with PAI’s Thematic Pillars.
  • Managing the execution of deliverables in key areas of focus for research and best practice development, including such activities as conducting literature reviews, researching data sources, drafting white papers or reports, and undertaking overall project-management in the context of PAI’s Working Groups.
  • Coordinating and prioritizing research efforts across Working Groups and member organizations.
  • Organize and support key meetings, and consult on and support PAI events.

Application materials (please send a resume/CV and expression of interest), candidate recommendations, and questions can be sent directly to the PAI Office of the Executive Director team at: