Director, US Foreign Policy

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    May 24

Position description

Director, US Foreign Policy. Washington, D.C.. Posting Date: 05/23/2019. Deadline: 06/21/2019

The Program - Open Society - U.S. (OSUS)

OSUS is committed to building a vibrant, inclusive, and just society in the United States. Through grant making, fellowships, convening, and a special reserve fund used as crises and unexpected opportunities arise, OSUS seeks to promote full participation in the nation's civic, political, and economic life-particularly for communities that are historically marginalized and vulnerable-and to ensure that the core institutions of civil society are effective and accountable to the public.

OSUS and its lobbying affiliate, the Open Society Policy Center, conduct and support advocacy on a wide range of domestic and foreign policy issues, including strong human rights policies, cooperative global engagement, better access to public health services, and greater corporate and governmental transparency and accountability.

Job Profile

The OSUS Director, US Foreign Policy will lead a newly expanded and integrated team of advocates, grant-makers, and policy experts dedicated to imagining and advancing a national and global security strategy that reflects the principles of an open society and links them back to domestic policy concerns and movements. In partnership with OSUS leadership, the Director will develop and implement a strategy for advancing human rights and democracy, inclusive security, anti-corruption policies, and effective diplomacy and peacebuilding.

The successful candidate will possess an impressive track record of influencing US foreign policy, deep expertise and vision for the future of global human rights and national security, extensive networks in relevant communities, and exceptional leadership, team building and management skills.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Oversee development, implementation, and impact assessment of a strategy and budget for all OSUS foreign policy and national security advocacy and grant-making.
  • Skillfully manage, and expand a team of 12-13 experienced advocates, grant-makers, and policy specialists.
  • Serve as lead foreign policy expert for OSF leadership, government officials, and advocacy partners to advance policy and program aims.
  • Strengthen existing foreign policy and global human rights advocacy campaigns (and coalitions) and develop new ones in collaboration with OSUS staff and grantees.
  • Edit policy reports, memos, issue briefs, and other documents on complex foreign policy and human rights issues.
  • Represent OSUS at priority meetings, briefings, and in the media, while also building civil society capacity to lift up and drive the issues.


Candidate Profile

  • An impressive track record of influencing US foreign policy through various strategies, including strategic communications.
  • Excellent management skills - of people, projects, and campaigns; a trusted team builder who sets high standards and holds staff, and partners, accountable to them.
  • Deep understanding of, and vision for, OSUS priorities with relevant legislative, State, NSC, Defense, and other government actors as well as with nongovernmental foreign policy and human rights leaders in DC and overseas.
  • Extensive (wide and deep) networks in the US foreign policy and international communities.
  • Intimate knowledge of issues threatening open societies around the world and detailed understanding of their relationship to US foreign policy.
  • Exceptional ability to work across issues and players, internally and externally, to achieve results; builds rapport quickly and coalitions that endure, even across difficult divides.
  • Skillful capacity to navigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and brings a deep commitment to advancing these values internally and in all our work.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and strategic communications skills.
  • Grant-making and philanthropic expertise preferred.
  • Some travel required.


Application Instructions: Please upload cover letter and resume as one document.

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.
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