Senior Technical Sourcer

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What Openai is looking for in applicants

About the Team

In order to fulfill OpenAI’s ambitious technical mission, we must hire an incredibly talented, hard-working, mission-aligned, and diverse team. The Recruiting team at OpenAI works cross-functionally with all hiring managers throughout the organization to find and close incredible talent, provide an excellent candidate experience, and maintain our high hiring bar.

About the Role

We’re looking to add our first full-time Technical Sourcer at OpenAI! We believe our mission deserves the best world’s best talent, and that begins with sourcing.

As the first sourcer at OpenAI, you’ll have the opportunity to act as a strategic leader and build out org-wide best practices and processes. There is a significant impact opportunity available on our recruiting team for someone who has deep experience sourcing for a wide range of highly specialized roles and driving all stages of the front-end candidate funnel. You’ll own hiring manager relationships across the entire organization, identify and engage leading experts in their respective fields, and partner with our recruiters and technical leaders to carefully scale and optimize our teams.

In this role, you will:

  • Partner with hiring managers across the business to build and improve recruiting processes and develop customized sourcing strategies for each of your roles 
  • Build highly targeted searches that deliver candidate profiles with precision
  • Craft thoughtful approaches to candidate outreach that will engage even the most passive talent
  • Cultivate relationships with high priority targets over the long-term
  • Act as the primary touchpoint for candidates from initial outreach until the onsite interview stage, ensuring an exceptional candidate experience throughout 
  • Utilize non-traditional and creative strategies to discover undervalued talent
  • Take a highly organized and data driven approach to candidate tracking and funnel metrics
  • Represent OpenAI and engage with candidates at conferences and events
  • Effectively lead and contribute to cross-functional projects

Our ideal candidates will have:

  • 5+ years of experience sourcing software engineering talent across a range of specializations including ML/AI, research, hardware, supercomputing, security, etc. 
  • Experience sourcing for non-technical roles such as product design, program management, policy, communications, legal, finance, operations, marketing, etc.
  • Demonstrable success in hiring top technical talent at a premier tech company and/or high growth startup
  • Track record of delivering healthy candidate volume across a wide variety of roles simultaneously, while maintaining a high degree of responsiveness and care to each stakeholder and candidate in process

You might thrive in this role if you:

  • Are deeply interested in technology and artificial intelligence, and their potential for positive impact on humanity
  • Passionate about building and growing relationships 
  • Connect and relate to a wide range of people, personalities, and values
  • Care deeply about building a diverse recruiting pipeline and inclusive work environment
  • Have a history of balancing a high volume of open roles with ease
  • Learn quickly and adapt well to a constantly evolving environment with shifting priorities


We strategically compensate our employees with a top-of-market salary, benefits, and generous equity that is structured to provide multiple paths to liquidity.

About OpenAI

OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company dedicated to ensuring that general-purpose artificial intelligence benefits all of humanity. We push the boundaries of the capabilities of AI systems and seek to safely deploy them to the world through our products. AI is an extremely powerful tool that must be created with safety and human needs at its core, and to achieve our mission, we must encompass and value the many different perspectives, voices, and experiences that form the full spectrum of humanity. 

At OpenAI, we believe artificial intelligence has the potential to help people solve immense global challenges, and we want the upside of AI to be widely shared. Join us in shaping the future of technology.

Benefits and Perks
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family
  • Mental health and wellness support
  • 401(k) plan with 4% matching 
  • Unlimited time off and 18+ company holidays per year 
  • Paid parental leave (20 weeks) and family-planning support
  • Annual learning & development stipend ($1,500 per year)
We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or other legally protected statuses. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, and requests can be made via

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