AI and Media Integrity Program Lead – General (x2)
Full-Time in San Francisco, CA – Remote OK – Associate – Research
$117,000 – $135,000
The Partnership on AI (PAI) is seeking two full-time Program Leads to join the high-growth, high-impact AI and Media Integrity (AIMI) Program. This Program Leads will report to the Head of the AI and Media Integrity program and work with PAI Partner organizations, including stakeholders from civil society, industry, media, and academia. This is a full time role with an imminent start date.
WHO WE ARE
The Partnership on AI is the leading forum addressing the most important and difficult decisions on the future of AI.
We are a non-profit that invites diverse voices into the process of technical governance, design, and deployment of AI technologies. Our essential Partners work together across industry, academia, and civil society to understand the implications of AI advancements and ensure they benefit society equitably. Through dialogue, insight, education, and guidance, PAI informs responsible AI solutions and identifies opportunities to address humanity’s pressing challenges.
Our vision is a future where AI empowers humanity by contributing to a more just, equitable, and prosperous world. Our mission is to bring diverse voices together across global sectors, disciplines, and demographics so developments in AI advance positive outcomes for people and society. If you are committed to a future of responsible AI and you are interested in joining the Partnership on AI in our quest, we genuinely appreciate your interest and we want to hear from you.
Background on the AI and Media Integrity Program
PAI’s AI and Media Integrity Program Area works to create best practices for the development and deployment of AI technologies that impact digital media and online information. To do so, PAI PAI coordinates those on the frontlines of information integrity challenges around the world, with those building and deploying technology – including actors from media, civil society, industry, and academia. We seek to investigate and promote a healthy online information ecosystem in the AI age by facilitating cross-sector convenings, producing research and reporting on multidisciplinary challenges, and informing policymaking. Online information and AI interact in many ways, and we address challenges across the knowledge pipeline: from content creation to dissemination and to the eventual interpretation by users around the world. Our work includes several project areas: 1) Synthetic and Manipulated Content, 2) Local News, and ) Content Targeting and Ranking.
The Program Leads will shape and advance the work across all sub-areas of the program, with a focus on translating research and insights into practical recommendations that affect practice and policy. This year, there will also be a specific focus on AI and local news.
About this role
Program Leads play a highly visible role at PAI in bringing people and ideas together by developing and executing the multistakeholder programmatic and research strategy.
These Program Leads will report to the Head of the AIMI Program and be responsible for programmatic, multistakeholder, product design and outreach processes across AIMI workstreams, with tremendous room for growth as the program scales. The Program Leads will work closely with the Head of AIMI on designing and disseminating the outputs of multistakeholder programs, soliciting Partner and expert input, coordinating pilots, translating insights into policy and practical recommendations, and additional activities as the programs evolve to include implementation phases.
The Program Leads will be responsible for project management within multiple workstreams of AIMI, including establishing mechanisms for understanding Partners’ needs and challenges, tailoring program outputs to be useful as a part of the AI development process, consolidating input from multi-stakeholder processes, developing and executing strategies for program recruitment, advancement and adoption of recommendations and other programmatic leadership tasks.
The Program Leadswill be joining ongoing initiatives that encompass research, design, testing, iteration, and implementation phases. They will shape and scope the AI and Media Integrity Steering Committee–a formal body of PAI Partners including multidisciplinary experts from Adobe, Amazon, BBC, CBC, Facebook, First Draft, Microsoft, The New York Times, WITNESS, and XPRIZE working to develop and advise projects that strengthen online public discourse. They will also work to cultivate and develop PAI’s work in AI and Local News, working to landscape the major ethical challenges journalists and platforms face using AI for local news production and distribution. Responsibilities will likely evolve over time. AIMI Programs interact with people from many different domains by design. Program Leads should have the ability to work effectively with demographically, geographically and disciplinarily diverse groups of stakeholders, including identifying areas of shared interests and divergent goals, generating buy-in and momentum for the programs, and distilling research spanning multiple disciplines for varied audiences.
PAI is headquartered in San Francisco, with a global membership base and scope. This role is eligible for remote work within the United States with no requirement to be located in San Francisco. The Head of the AI and Media Integrity Program is based in New York City.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Project management (Est. time: 30%)
Manage workstream planning and execution with a high degree of autonomy
Research process options to enable scalable debate of core outstanding questions
Create new processes and programmatic elements in response to stakeholder/program needs
Define, organize, and facilitate key meetings and events for PAI (e.g., defining day’s agenda and goals; ensuring the right participants for intended outcomes)
Program Outputs Design (Est. time: 25%)
Solicit, record, and summarize feedback from stakeholders
Consider how to translate and socialize outputs into practical impact, including for policymakers, Partners, and the public, working with the Director of Public Policy and Public Affairs.
Develop and execute outreach strategies for increasing PAI/AIMI Program’s influence in the field and drive the adoption of AIMI programmatic recommendations by the AI industry players
Systematically gather insights about the AI development process and use those to ensure AIMI program outputs are designed to be usable and useful in that process
Tailor program outputs to the needs and realities of the AI development practices
AI and Media Integrity Narrative Shaping (Est. time: 20%)
Draft blog posts and whitepapers summarizing multistakeholder input
Submit to conferences and venues where PAI can share its research and convening insights with the AI and society community
Identify untapped stakeholders and ways to increase AIMI programs’ reach for both diverse input and output
Manage the Program newsletter and Partner updates
Multistakeholder coordination and relationship management (Est. time: 25%)
Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders; coordinate stakeholders representing dozens of organizations to achieve programmatic goals
Generate buy-in and excitement for and engagement with the AIMI programs at multiple levels of Partner organizations
Participate in funding / prospective partner conversations as appropriate
A Bachelor’s Degree (graduate-level coursework or research is preferred). Familiarity with social science and/or computer science.
Ability to manage a large and diverse set of stakeholders
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong interest in and ability to keep up with and synthesize research relevant to the AI and media integrity space, including mis/disinformation, content moderation, recommender systems, synthetic and manipulated content, journalism, local news.
5+ years of experience working full-time in professional environments, ideally in cross-functional roles (or 3+ years with advanced degree in relevant fields)
A track record for excellent project management and delivery, including experience managing multiple complex workstreams simultaneously
Familiarity with technology/AI product development process
Familiarity with the AI and public discourse literature/key issues in the space
Ability to quickly gain familiarity with relevant technical and social science (esp. economic) literature and be self-initiating
Comfort in navigating a highly cross-functional, changing internal PAI organization as well as large external network of PAI Partners and stakeholders
Adaptability when working with people from different industries, domains, and types of expertise
QUALITIES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO US:
Builds Trust: Able to be transparent by being authentic, conveying trust and communicating openly while involving key stakeholders in decision-making.
Visionary: Able to take a long-term perspective, conveying a belief in an outcome, and displaying the confidence to reach goals
Inspirational: Able to inspire and motivate others in a positive manner
Courageous: Able to seek out opportunities for continuous improvement, and fearless in intervening in challenging situations
Decisive: Able to make informed decisions in a timely fashion
Personal Development: Able to seek opportunities for individual personal development
We know that research has shown that some potential applicants will submit an application only when they feel that they have met close to all of the qualifications for a role—we encourage you to take a leap of faith with us and submit your application as long as you are passionate about working to make real impact on responsible AI. We are very interested in hearing from a diverse pool of candidates.
PAI offers a generous paid leave and benefits package, including: Twenty vacation days; three personal reflection days; sick leave and family leave above industry standards; high-quality PPO and HMO health insurance plans, many 100% covered by PAI; Dental and vision insurance 100% covered by PAI; up to a 7% 401K match, vested immediately; pre-tax commuter benefits (Clipper); automatic cell phone reimbursement ($75/month); up to $1,000 in wellness & professional development funds annually; $250 one-time reimbursement for home office setup; $150 per month or $1800 per year to access co-working space; regular team lunches & reading days; opportunities to attend AI related conferences and events and to collaborate with our roughly 100 partners across industry, academia and civil society. Please refer to our careers page for an updated list of benefits.
Must be eligible to work in the United States or Canada; we are unable to sponsor visas at this time.
Must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus as per PAI’s Employee Policy.
PAI is headquartered in San Francisco, with a global membership base and scope. This role is eligible for remote work within the United States with no requirement to be located in San Francisco.
PAI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promoting, training, education assistance, social and recreational programs, compensation, benefits, transfers, discipline, and all privileges and conditions of employment. Employment decisions at PAI are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications.
PAI will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or similar laws.
The Partnership on AI may become subject to certain governmental record keeping and reporting requirements for the administration of civil rights laws and regulations. We also track diversity in our workforce for the purpose of improving over time. In order to comply with these goals, the Partnership on AI invites employees to voluntarily self-identify their gender and race/ethnicity. Submission of this information is voluntary and refusal to provide it will not jeopardize or adversely affect employment or any consideration you may receive for employment or advancement. The information obtained will be kept confidential.
HOW TO APPLY
Resume and/or CV
Cover Letter reflecting on your motivation for the role and experiences illustrating fit for the Key Qualifications requirements
2-5 pages writing sample (please append to cover letter): this can be any writing for which you were primarily an author and does not have to be about any topic related to the AI and Media Integrity or PAI
3 References [name, title, email, phone]
Applications for this job posting will be accepted until 11:59pm PT February 14, 2021.