Program Officer - Economic Justice Program (Fixed Term)

Hiring Organization: 
Open Society Foundations
City and State: 
New York or Washington, D.C.

Program Officer - Economic Justice Program (Fixed Term)

Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

6-Month Fixed Term Contract

New York or Washington, D.C.

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your expertise working on climate justice? We are seeking a 6-month fixed term Program Officer based in Washington D.C or New York to carry out existing grant making obligations, assisting the team in finalizing our program’s new strategy, and managing relationships with other OSF entities and grantees.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Economic Justice Program works globally to promote economic systems and practices that build more equitable, sustainable, and democratic societies. We work to bend the exercise of economic power towards social justice and have two overarching goals: (1) enhancing the capacity and agency of economically marginalized populations (2) increasing openness and equity in the economic and business systems in which they live and work.

As a Program Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Be responsible for grant-making activities, including drafting grant recommendations and organizational assessments of new and existing grantees;
  • Scope new potential grant making opportunities related to climate justice and corporate policy capture;
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships within and outside OSF (e.g., with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the community, etc.).

What we are looking for:

  • 7 -10 years of progressively responsible experience, with specific experience in the field of economic governance more broadly;
  • Expertise working on climate justice, ideally at the intersection of climate and economic systems, especially the influence of corporate power;
  • Knowledge of key organizations and networks active in any of the following fields: climate justice, corporate policy capture/accountability/trade governance;
  • Able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to detail, budget and reporting;
  • Willingness to travel internationally a reasonable amount.

Desirable (but not required):

  • Experience in working on trade, especially from an environmental or dispute resolution perspective is highly desirable;
  • Fluency in at least one language in addition to English highly desirable;
  • Experience interacting with non-profit organizations in a donor capacity highly desirable;
  • Experience working for or with the impact investment community a plus.

We offer ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts. We also offer top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance.

For further details and to apply, please visit the employment page on our website.

Application Deadline: 
January 31, 2020
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