NATIONAL FOUNDATIONS RELATIONS
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.
We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.
We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.
We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.
Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Purpose of Position: Provide overall administrative and programmatic support/functions to the Regional Manager of the National Foundations Relations and team. Work is carried out independently/under general supervision.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. OSF may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.
Program Related Responsibilities:
· Assist the Regional Manager in liaising with National Foundations on all matters in foundation programming, strategy, management, governance and budget;
· Assist in resolving problems with program strategy or implementation with Thematic Programs;
· Assist in the annual review of the programs and budgets of the National Foundations
· Assist in managing annual budget drafting and submission process for the Regional Manager;
· Attend conferences on relevant matters in the US and abroad on behalf of the Regional Manager.
· Organize and participate in conference calls with National Foundations ‘Executive Directors and with Thematic Program Directors;
· Organize all logistical aspects of yearly Executive Directors’ retreat and assist the Regional Manager with programmatic preparation work for this event;
· Travel occasionally to the foundations on behalf of the Regional Manager to meet with the Executive Director, board, program staff, donor community, other external partners and grantees;
· Provide occasional program and administrative support to other initiatives within the Eurasia Program;
· Conduct research on topics of relevance to work of Open Society Foundations.
· Monitor civil society and NGO development in priority sectors of the region;
· Monitor news reports and conducting research relevant to the region.
· Maintain updated contact lists, Board lists, and other information on relevant foundations;
· Post and maintain foundation strategies on the intranet; ;
· Occasional translation of documents and correspondence from Russian to English, or vice versa;
· Process payments and reimbursement requests;
· Coordinate various travel arrangements and meeting requests including visa processing;
· Schedule appointments and attend to various meeting requests and assist with correspondence, including proofreading/editing;
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and three to five years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
· Master’s degree preferred;
· NGO or foundation experience/interest in human rights preferred;
· Sophisticated understanding of the geopolitical situation of the Eastern European region;
· Experience living and/or working in the former Soviet Union is desirable
· Experience implementing systems in philanthropic organizations and/or not-for-profits preferred.
· Excellent reading, writing and verbal Russian language skills is strongly preferred;
· Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
· Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, consistently on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget;
· Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with internet research;
· Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
· Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
· High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary;
· Poised, work well under pressure and attentive to detail;
· Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;
· Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and the general public;
· Willingness to travel internationally
Program Specific Requirements:
· Familiarity with political and social issues facing Moldova, Ukraine, the South Caucasus, and/or Central Asia;
· Commitment to the ideals of open society;
· Previous experience working or studying in the region a plus.
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.
START DATE: ASAP
Location: New York
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
To Apply: Please email resume, cover letter with salary requirements and a writing sample by March 7, 2014 to: email@example.com Include job code in subject line: PC-EP
No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.