Open Society Foundations Program Officer (New York or Wash DC)

The Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs works to build a vibrant society that invites all people to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life. It supports efforts to advance equality, fairness, and justice with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and the most significant threats to open society in the U.S.

U.S. Programs supports grant-making, programming, and policy initiatives that:
ensure fair criminal justice, immigration, and national security policies, and reduce the over-reliance on incarceration and harsh punishment; increase the transparency, integrity, and accountability of institutions vital to open society; build an inclusive society that increases opportunity for all while addressing the unique struggles faced by women, people of color, immigrants, poor people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans; promote civic participation and develop new leaders, especially among communities that have been historically underrepresented.

Within U.S. Programs, the Equality Fund engages in grantmaking and supports programmatic initiatives to combat and document the harmful effects of implicit bias, dismantle structural racism and xenophobia, prohibit discriminatory government action, and to lift barriers to opportunity faced by marginalized groups. To advance these goals, the Equality Fund supports research, leadership development, civic participation, advocacy, communications, and grassroots mobilization efforts to stimulate debate and achieve systemic change.

Job Profile

This role has responsibility for developing strategies and tools for fostering desired social change, managing relationships with other entities including potential and current grantees, OSF-affiliated foundations, other civil society and social change organizations, etc., making grant decisions, participating in collaborative decision making both within OSF and with external entities, monitoring fields of interest to OSF, and related key responsibilities.

The Program Officer role requires comprehensive knowledge of advocating for civic, political, and economic change through a racial justice lens, including the current controversies, issues, and leading figures and thinking, along with substantial knowledge of organizational and cross-cultural leadership, which includes some sense of international impacts on the role.

This role works with minimal supervision, solving problems independently and collaboratively, and is responsible for contributing to the overall wellbeing of the program. This role is responsible for contributing to, communicating, executing and helping to revise one or more complex strategies, including attention to resource issues.

The Program Officer role includes project management, which extends to effective deployment of time, money, and human resources, network-wide or similarly complex coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem-solving. It builds and maintains strong, trusting relationships internally and in the field of specialization across cultures and geographies. Competing interests, complex political and cultural factors, and tensions between long- and short-term goals must all be managed effectively.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Open Society Foundations are strengthened profoundly by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and more. We actively seek and welcome applications from people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women, LGBTI persons, and persons with disabilities.

**Please note that a cover letter and resume are required when submitting an application.

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