Head of Sensemaking and Research

Remote Work Full-time

The Opportunity:

Sensemaking is integral to how One Project approaches our work as we explore partnerships and prototypes aimed at developing, co-creating, and supporting new governance and economic systems. The Head of Sensemaking & Research will serve as a key partner as we work to execute our long-term vision and strategic plan.

Are you passionate about alternative economic models and advanced democratic governance?  Do you have an innate curiosity about the potential for aligning technology with human thriving? Are you excited by the pursuit of solutions to epic global challenges? This is a rare and unconventional opportunity to grow your expertise and nurture your passion, working with the support of the One Project team and external partners to envision and design the future of political economy.  

The ideal candidate will bring expertise in applied research and be able to synthesize complex ideas and information from a variety of sources. They will partner with and guide the team in developing ways to translate theoretical knowledge into practice-driven application. Our team is growing, and the Head of Sensemaking & Research will build, shape, and lead an evolving and dynamic research function that will inform and guide every action we take. 

Who We Are:

One Project is a non-profit initiative with a bold mission to address the root causes of global crises. We are guided by the belief that the dominant economic and political models are incapable of delivering a sustainable, desirable future. So we are partnering with communities around the world to design, implement, and scale new systems that are radically more equitable, ecological, and effective. We are committed to building the field and supporting the broad landscape of aligned projects. We don’t just believe that another world is possible. We are working in deep collaboration and with appropriate urgency to build it.

While our core team has rich experience in a range of disciplines — social entrepreneurship, software development, narrative development, participatory design, social change movements, and community partnerships — we are seeking to expand our capabilities by assembling an exceptional team of full-time staff as well as consultants and advisors from diverse disciplines across the globe. 

We are looking for brilliant, original, and courageous thinkers and doers who share our conviction that the time is now to develop new social systems that leverage and cultivate the wisdom of humanity, fulfill the promise of democracy, and create a fairer, more abundant future.

What You’ll Do: 

  • Design and build an organizational structure to enable distinctive research that incorporates a diverse and inclusive global perspective; recruit, manage, and lead collaborators in this work

  • Oversee and guide the development, synthesis, and internal socialization of a deep and comprehensive understanding of both the dominant economic system as well as the solution space surrounding political and economic collaboration

  • Equip the One Project team with the knowledge and ideas required to iterate on the design and explanation of equitable, ecological, and effective economic and governance alternatives

  • Gather and integrate diverse information sources, epistemologies, and cosmologies including but not limited to:

    • Indigenous communities, ecovillages, and alternative ways of being

    • Theorists, practitioners, and wisdom holders of many traditions

    • History of past and present alternative economics projects

    • Alternative futures from global visionaries and science fiction authors

    • Anthropologists, economists, game theorists, systems scientists, and others

  • Provide clear, actionable syntheses of the most relevant thinking on complex topics (in economics, political theory, systems, and philosophy)

  • Develop an appropriately structured knowledge-base for a variety of audiences in the One Project ecosystem, including internal team members (the Systems/Product team and others), external partners, and the public 

  • Collaborate closely with internal and external stakeholders across disciplinary and geographic boundaries; translate One Project’s first-principles thinking to real-world examples that can be easily understood by communities

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the following reflects the ideal candidate profile:

You may be the leader we’re looking for if: 

  • You bring extensive experience in applied research methods with a transdisciplinary approach in both academic and non-academic settings

  • You are deeply interested in economic and governance systems, and you feel compelled to use your skills and knowledge to build a better world

  • You are open-minded and not committed to a singular political ideology

  • You’re a clear verbal and written communicator with the ability to translate complex topics to a variety of audiences

  • You possess excellent synthesis and organizational skills and have experience structuring complex material in accessible ways

  • You have conducted research with a variety of different individuals/communities with different socio-cultural backgrounds, and you have a strong understanding of how to build relationships with diverse groups of people 

  • You have led and managed effective research teams comprised of a diverse cohort of disciplines

  • You thrive in early stage, growing organizations and are comfortable with ambiguity

Salary, Benefits, and Logistics:

The minimum salary for this role is $250,000 USD. We anticipate ideal candidates bringing significant experience, and we're committed to paying a very competitive salary and offering top-notch benefits. We're also happy to discuss salary expectations during an initial phone call.

Location: While our team is largely global and remote, as a core member of One Project, we expect this leader to be primarily available for working hours in the Pacific Time Zone, and for regular travel to California for in-person collaboration with our team.

Working at One Project:

One Project strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people are empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to do their best work. Our goal is to build a team that reflects the world we live in and celebrates multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation and every idea deserves consideration and respect. We have an unwavering commitment to inclusion across educational background, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, citizenship, socioeconomic status, disability, and veteran status.

What You Can Expect from Our Hiring Process:

We are interested in engaging with a number of different people (candidates and connectors) as we conduct this search, and we will review applications on a rolling basis. 

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated confirmation. If you are selected for an interview, we aim to reach out to you within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

We strive to have an inclusive hiring process, and interviews will involve meeting with several members of our team. We want to get to know you and may ask to review examples of your work in addition to inviting you to participate in interviews. We respect and value your time, and we will do our best to streamline the interviews while allowing you ample time to get to know our organization and team. Our process may include:

  • An initial phone or video interview 

  • A second video interview with key members of our leadership team

  • A presentation/review of your work, followed by Q&A and meetings with team members

  • An in-person day in California   

  • Reference checks 



Working at One Project

One Project strives to be a place where a diverse mix of talented people are empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to do their best work.

Our goal is to build a team that reflects the world we live in and celebrates multiple approaches and points of view.

We seek One Project team members who bring:

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    Clear thinking and communication skills

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    Ability to work independently and efficiently

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    Creativity in problem solving and collaboration

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    Ability to integrate diverse cognitive styles and cultural backgrounds

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    Ability to create clarity and action from ambiguity

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    Interest and drive to grow in your position and the organization

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    A mind open to new ideas and ways of considering the world; curiosity about how to build a better system


Salary and Benefits

One Project offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits; we want our compensation packages to attract the strongest candidates and to reflect our values. Our benefits include:

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

100% coverage for employee plans;
75% coverage for family plans (spouses, domestic partners, and dependents)

Parental Leave

16 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child

Time Off

Unlimited Paid Time Off, 10 National (USA) Holidays, December holiday break, Sabbaticals

Retirement Plan and Match

403b Retirement Plan; One Project contributes a 50% match for up to 6% of salary for all employees

Flexible Work Environment

Work remotely; weekly no meeting days

Other Benefits

Office Equipment, Wellness, and Professional Development Stipends


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