Project Head, Executive Office Grants

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Apr 13

Position description

Project Head, Executive Office Grants. New York. Posting Date: 04/12/2019. Deadline: 05/03/2019

The Executive Office supports the top leadership (President, Vice President and Chief Integration Officer) of Open Society Foundations (OSF) in all aspects of their roles. They oversee the global network, establishing and adjusting its strategies in partnership with the Chairman and the Global Board, advancing its strategies as its principal representative body, fostering and sustaining collaboration across the network, and continuously assessing and strengthening the quality and effectiveness of the institution.

Job Profile

The Executive Office seeks a Project Head, based in the New York office, to work on grant-making activities. The Project Head reports to the Vice President of the Open Society Foundations.

Typical duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • In collaboration with the grants team, oversee all grant-making activities in the Executive Office, including soliciting and reviewing grant proposals, assessing the organizational health, capacity and effectiveness of potential grantees, conducting grantee site visits and other monitoring activities, evaluating grants
  • Manage a wide range of activities related to the grant making process and/or analytical work in support of field development, advocacy, regional consultations, and integrative activities
  • Analyze grant proposals, design grants (type of support, degree of flexibility, duration, payment structure, reporting/learning expectations, etc.) and author grant recommendations
  • Review and approve reports and other documents for compliance, accuracy, and readability; this may include review of data to assure that it is accurate and complete in accordance with appropriate protocols
  • Act as a liaison and point of contact for various operational functions related to grant making to ensure efficient flow of grants processing and other information
  • Stay abreast of relevant policies and compliance requirements and assist staff with understanding, operationalizing, and adhering to relevant policies and guidelines. Provide training or presentations to staff on grants or other processes/workflows
  • Advise on new grant-making policies, procedures, and tools. Operationalize policies, guidelines, and procedures in the context of the entire Open Society network. Develop additional standardized tools, templates, processes, and workflows as needed
  • Contribute to shaping organization-wide policies and strategies on grant making
  • Participate as appropriate in portfolio reviews where Executive Office grants are featured
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field through research and attendance at conferences and/or meetings
  • Strengthen connections between OSF's geographic and thematic programs consistent with OSF's broader priorities, identifying opportunities where a shared approach might have the potential to create a broader impact
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, coalition building, and networking among partners and grantees

Candidate Profile

  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in project management, with grantmaking experience preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience working on international human rights and social justice issues across multiple geographies
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Proven ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; to troubleshoot and follow projects through to completion and on schedule, without loss of attention to detail and budget
  • Highly organized, flexible, and able to prioritize
  • Excellent written, verbal, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to handle confidential issues
  • High level of resourcefulness and self-motivation, able to work independently
  • Fluency in languages other than English a plus

*Please note that cover letters are required for all applications.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.
follow us on Twitter