Open Society Foundations
Organization: Open Society Foundations
Recruitment Administrator (Fixed Term),
The Recruitment Administrator will report to the NY-based Recruitment Manager, but will actively work with several members of the team and primarily focus on supporting executive-level searches, recruitment activities in Asia and the Middle East and the staffing OSF’s new office in Berlin. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, interview scheduling, meeting coordination, meeting and greeting candidates, managing temporary hire requests, ensuring a positive candidate experience and providing administrative support to the director as needed. The recruitment administrator will be a part of a global administrative team and must work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that all logistical needs are met.
Program Officer, New Executives Fund,
Open Society Fellowship, New York,
The Open Society Fellowship Program is seeking a fixed-term Program Officer to work primarily with the New Executives Fund (NEF) for 18 months. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, collaborative and mature person who can help shape the the Fund’s future evolution.
The Program Officer’s overall mandate will be to lead the NEF portfolio, including its grantmaking and strategy. They will primarily lead the competitive selection of grantees, engage with current and former grantees to monitor the grants, and consolidate learnings. They will be responsible for deepening NEF’s understanding of the non-profit leadership space through participation in donor affinity groups and facilitating an internal OSF community of practice on leadership transitions. They will also contribute to overall program development and strategy of the Open Society Fellowship program.
International Migration Initiative, London,
This position is for IMI’s 21st Century Protection program area. It aims to 1) promote innovations that expand the capacity of the international protection system and extend rights protections to more people on the move; 2) provide analysis of protection issues to inform broader OSF responses to displacement crises; and 3) strengthen the field to fight policies and practices that threaten migrants and refugees, such as detention and deportation. This program area uses a combination of advocacy, government engagement, and civil society support to push change.
IMI seeks a dynamic, creative, and collaborative Program Officer to help shape the Protection program area. The role will focus on defining how OSF will pursue advancements to, and reinvigorate support for, existing and nascent protection mechanisms in the context of refugee and displacement situations. The Program Officer will contribute to global-level work on the state of international protection and role of the international community (including philanthropy), while also pursuing national and/or local-level work in order to galvanize political will, national ownership, and community support for hosting refugees and migrants.
The position is for a mid-career professional who is committed to promoting the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants and can articulate a vision of social change to achieve this. The Program Officer will identify key ecosystem interventions and levers of change, and play a leading role in building a strategic portfolio of activities, combining grantmaking with advocacy.
The Program Officer will work across sectors with grassroots civil society groups (including refugee and migrant-led groups), humanitarian response actors, relevant multilateral agencies (IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF), government officials, private sector actors, issue experts, scholars, and other funders. She or he will serve as a connector of grantees and other partners and will collaborate broadly both within OSF and with external entities. Based in London or New York, the Program Officer will work with a global team in multiple office locations.
Latin America Program, Latin America Program, Mexico City
The Open Society Foundations’ Latin America Program addresses rights and governance issues in Latin America and the Caribbean primarily through grant making, network-building, and the development of specific initiatives. We focus on supporting Latin American and Caribbean efforts to reform democratic institutions in ways that are more open and responsive to citizens, realizing human rights, and reducing homicides in a region with extremely high levels of violence. We are committed to advancing government accountability and transparency, public access to information, citizen security, human rights, and drug policy reform, primarily through grant making to civil society actors in these fields.
The Latin America Program seeks an Executive Assistant to support the Director and Deputy Director, and to contribute to the administrative and operational work of the Latin America Program team.
Reporting to the Manager of the Civil Society Engagement Team, the Program Specialist is responsible for performing a wide range of responsibilities that materially advance both portfolio and other program strategies to support the work and aspirations of the region’s civil society. The role requires specialized knowledge, not only of the relevant field(s) such as human rights, civic engagement, and policy advocacy but also of how to use the various tools available to the organization for accomplishing its objectives, including bringing about social change. This role functions as part of a team, and assumes work by assignment from others. Responsibilities are carried out with a high degree of independence, although collegial problem-solving is a hallmark of Open Society work. Program Specialists will utilize a range of tools used by The Open Society Foundations to bring about social change, and play an important role in the grant making process. Their contributions include the identification of high potential new partners, the assessment of organizations in the field, the design of grants, and the assessment of grants and portfolios. Program Specialists also take the lead on projects or issues such as research initiatives, convening, or advocacy efforts as assigned.
The Special Assistant will provide direct high-level programmatic, administrative and project support to the Director of Berlin Office / Co-Director of OSIFE (one person).
The successful candidate will undertake a wide range of activities that include:
- Pertaining to Berlin office: supporting the director in enabling a great working environment for OSF staff in Berlin and flawless connection with other OSF offices globally; supporting the work of the Operations Management Team of Berlin and other coordination bodies in the hub-office in Berlin, drafting memos, documents, reports and updates to the Director and other senior managers as required; preparing and /or attending meetings in support or behalf of the Director; liaising with the community of Foundations, international and local civil societies in Berlin, and assisting the director in presenting the work of OSF in Berlin.
- Pertaining to OSIFE: drafting memos, policy documents, reports, updates to senior management and the Global Board and other documents as required ; conducting research and/or leading consultations on behalf of the co-Director of OSIFE, and provide communication services internally for OSIFE and for the Open Society’s wider European community. The position will also liaise with the Open Society’s Communications team and the special assistant to the Regional director for Europe, as needed.
The Open Society Justice Initiative is seeking current law school and other advanced degree graduate students to join our team as Legal Research Interns based in our New York or Budapest offices. In order to begin their internship, interns must provide proof that they are receiving academic credit and/or funding for the internship.
The internship term extends from February through May and requires a part-time commitment of at least 10 hours/week for 15 weeks although interns may choose to work beyond this period.
The Open Society Foundations cannot provide immigration assistance to legal research interns. Applicants must have pre-existing leave to engage in internships in either the United States.
The Executive Assistant will provide a day-to-day administrative and logistics support to the Director of Berlin Office / Co-Director of OSIFE (one person).
The successful candidate will undertake a wide range of activities that include:
- Pertaining to Berlin office: scheduling meetings and maintaining active line of communication with internal and external partners; keeping the director in touch with other OSF offices globally; supporting the work of various coordination bodies in the hub-office in Berlin; formatting, organizing, printing and scanning memos, documents, reports and updates to the Director and other senior managers as required; preparing meetings in support or behalf of the Director; and assisting the director in presenting the work of OSF in Berlin.
- Pertaining to OSIFE: Same as above but linked to the work in Europe, especially liasing with colleagues in OSIFE offices in Barcelona and London. The colleague will also liaise with the Open Society’s Communications team and the special assistant to the Regional director for Europe, as needed.
OSF is looking for a talented Advocacy Director to develop and support issue advocacy strategies on a wide range of U.S. domestic policy issues. We are looking for someone with significant expertise in issue advocacy campaigns related to civil rights and economic and social justice.
OSF’s DC Advocacy Program and its lobbying affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, are located in Washington D.C. They conduct and support advocacy on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues. This position reports to the Deputy Director, who directs domestic policy advocacy. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.