Facilitating our courses

Join us as a facilitator to expand the field and support up and coming talent.

Apply to facilitate AI AlignmentApply to facilitate AI Governance

Excellent facilitators are critical for us to deliver a high-quality experience to course participants, and ultimately get more top talent working on the world’s most pressing issues.

What participants had to say about their facilitators

Janvi Ahuja
PhD student at the University of Oxford
Vojta provided useful insights into how AI systems worked when we were confused-- he was particularly helpful in sharing his technical understanding. I also feel like he had an apt firmness in implementing the structure of the session; he moved us on promptly but naturally if we were pushing on time, which allowed us to get through all the material.
Janvi Ahuja
PhD student at the University of Oxford
Denis O'Sullivan
Senior Consultant
What James did really well was to add value to the reading materials rather than just repeat them. Our discussions would tease out the complexity of some of the topics really well, and really force us to think and challenge our assumptions.
Denis O'Sullivan
Senior Consultant
Paige Henchen
Chief of Staff at GiveWell
Dewi was really fantastic and I'm grateful to them for taking the time to facilitate this course. I really learned a lot and I think this will help me do my job more effectively going forward.
Paige Henchen
Chief of Staff at GiveWell
Marta Bienkiewicz
Research Fellow at EuroMov
David was a phenomenal facilitator, he was always on time and well versed in the resources, enriched discussion with important extracurricular insights, moderated and led the activities to *only* productive spaces, and made everyone feel heard. I think he has this natural aptitude for a confident and competence-based leadership/teaching role. I was super impressed with both his intellect, knowledge of the subject and social skills.
Marta Bienkiewicz
Research Fellow at EuroMov

Why facilitate?

Support participants

You’ll be doing hugely valuable and important work. Participants tell us again and again that they really appreciate what facilitators add to our courses, and that facilitation supports them with their learning.

As well as helping people develop the knowledge and skills they need to contribute to the field, you’ll also be giving them the confidence that they are at the level where they can start exploring impactful opportunities.

You’ll also help participants become much more well rounded learners by encouraging them to think through concepts deeply, debate with others, and consider more points of view.

Better understand the subject area yourself

Despite facilitators already being knowledgable in the subject area, most still end up learning a lot by helping us run the course!

You’ll find that participants often bring in new ideas to debates, ask insightful questions that require deep thought, and perform novel research during the project sprint. Facilitators have also often gained new insights by researching questions asked by participants which they couldn’t answer immediately.

Developing leadership, teaching and social skills

You’ll be the voice of the session. We’ll provide you with resources to prepare for this, including providing facilitator training sessions before the course starts, and structured guides for running each week’s activities (you’re not expected to come up with session plans yourself, although you’re welcome to adapt ours to better suit your cohort!).

Additionally, you’ll be engaging with many people who are new to the field. This is a good opportunity to pick up on newcomers’ understandings and what people are currently interested in.

Finally, you’ll also get lots of experience explaining complex topics. This is great practice for people considering going into policy, where you’ll often need to explain things in simple language to non-experts.

Meet great people

We’ll introduce you to other facilitators, who you might collaborate with or get feedback on your ideas from. We also do work to match participants with appropriate facilitators, so that you are likely to be paired with participants you might consider as future collaborators or colleagues. You’ll gain a lot of context on each participant’s potential and knowledge, to help inform if you’d like to continue working with them.

 

What we look for in facilitators

You should be well read in the course curriculum, and have working experience in at least one field relevant to the course material (e.g. ML research, public policy, corporate governance, etc). You don’t need to be working in the field full-time. Given we match participants to your level of experience, we accept a range of backgrounds for facilitators.

It’s useful to have contacts and an overview of the field to help participants navigate opportunities and make further connections, especially if they’re serious about taking next steps to work on AI safety, though this isn’t required.

Lastly, it’s absolutely critical that you are excited about helping newcomers learn about the field, and to facilitate their learning experience. It helps if you’ve facilitated a discussion group or similar before, but if not no worries – we’ll train you up before the course starts.

 

What facilitation looks like

Facilitation lasts 14 weeks in total, and the time commitment is about 5 hours per week. It can be done alongside other full-time work or study. Your experience is important to us, and we value your time very highly.

Before the course, you’ll have two weeks of pre-course facilitation training. For each week this is comprised of 2 hours of independent learning and a 2 hour live session (hosted by the BlueDot team).

The course begins with an icebreaker session to get to know your discussion cohort. No preparation required – just show up ready to meet new people!

During weeks 1 to 8 of the course, you’ll be facilitating online sessions based on the curriculum. We’ll give you a step-by-step guide to follow for each session, to facilitate a fun and engaging experience for you and your participants. You’re also actively encouraged to adapt those plans if you have particular things you want to try with your cohort. Each week will include 2 hours to refresh your knowledge of the curriculum, a 2 hour live session, and 1 hour for other prep, admin or followups.

For the project sprint in weeks 8 to 12, you’ll host online check-ins. This is generally more relaxed, with each week including a 1-2 hour live session, and 1 hour for other prep, admin or followups.

At all times we’ll be here to support you, and ensure things are going smoothly. We’ll invite you to optional facilitator check-ins, have a shared Slack channel for facilitators, and at all times are just a Slack message away!

 

Compensation

After the course we will pay you for your support with the course.

Current rates for facilitators are £80 per session you complete of the facilitator training and course, and £40 per week during the Project Sprint (due to the lower time requirement). If you’re facilitating one cohort, this comes to £1,040 total:

  • 2 facilitator training sessions (£160)
  • 1 icebreaker session (£80)
  • 8 discussion sessions (£640)
  • 4 project sprint sessions (£160)

There are some instances where we have to disband or re-shuffle cohorts due to attendance. In these cases, you will be compensated for every completed session. If you facilitate more than one cohort, we’ll pay you in line with these rates – roughly £880 extra per cohort.

We can pay facilitators in countries supported by Wise or PayPal UK. This means we are unable to send payments to sanctioned countries.

 

How to apply

To apply as a facilitator, complete the application form below for the course you wish to facilitate. Be sure to select ‘Facilitator’ as your answer to ‘Are you applying as a participant or facilitator?’.

Apply to facilitate AI AlignmentApply to facilitate AI Governance

 

Any other questions?

We’re really keen to hear from people interested in facilitating our courses. If you have any questions please do contact us!

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