Project Head, Organizational Culture and Integration

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 11

Position description

Project Head, Organizational Culture and Integration. New York. Posting Date: 06/10/2019. Deadline: 06/28/2019

The Executive Office's Integration team aims to integrate and align systems, practices and policies across the Open Society Foundations network, to make the most of its unique range and scale. They seek to map, understand and seize opportunities and to mitigate dysfunction, creating conditions for better collaboration and thereby maximizing efficiency. A key aspect of their work is to build and promote an organizational culture that is inclusive and equitable and cherishes diversity and difference, ensuring staff feel fully seen and valued.

Job Profile

The Integration team seeks a Project Head to provide direct and high level programmatic and project support on a variety of assignments relating to diversity, inclusion and culture at the Open Society Foundations. Based in New York, the Project Head will work closely with the Chief Integration Officer and the Special Advisor on Culture and Inclusion.

They will be responsible for helping the Special Advisor to design and implement projects for improving or strengthening our institutional culture, convening and conducting status meetings, developing reports and analyses, and conducting or commissioning research. They may be asked to attend events on behalf of the Special Advisor or the Chief Integration Officer and will assist them to process a large workload by carrying some of the practical elements of the work and helping to plan work flow and delivery. The role holder will sometimes represent senior members of the team and will be expected to use considerable judgment, discretion and autonomy. They should have good knowledge of organizational development and cross-cultural leadership, along with some knowledge of OSF's work and structure, and keep the team abreast of relevant research, developments and innovations in institutional integration and organizational culture. They will be responsible for working collaboratively with a diverse range of people across the organization who need to be kept updated on the Integration Team's work. The role includes managing cross-department, cross-program projects in a manner that uses and encourages clear communication and respectful colleagueship. Partnership is critical to success in the role and the selected candidate will need to develop and nurture trusting relationships internally and externally, across cultures and geographies.

Typical duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Managing and executing projects in close collaboration with the Special Advisor and Chief Integration Officer
  • Operationalize strategic elements of the team's responsibilities and activities in support of diversity, inclusion and integration, such as internal and external convenings, and the implementation of organization-wide policies
  • Advise on the Integration Team's engagement in various activities and events, both internally and externally
  • Prepare for meetings with external and internal guests, ensuring strategic advice and follow up
  • Represent the Chief Integration Officer and Special Advisor as required, serving as an ambassador for the team
  • Conduct research and work to synthesize large amounts of data/information to be used in decision-making and evaluation of processes
  • Support Special Advisor with regard to Leadership Group on Inclusion (LGI) efforts and staff that and the National and Regional Foundations (NRF) Committee: On LGI, track with HR D&I team on current projects and goals; identify critical inputs needed from the Integration Team and support delivery; On NRF, manage attendance, agendas, minutes, and follow-up on commitments
  • Support the Integration Team on Specialists Task Team project planning, Operations Management Group-related responsibilities, and Network Leadership meeting
  • Meet regularly with senior members of the team to take on, or report back on assignments arising from current commitments, such as agenda development, meeting materials preparation, written reports, minutes or updates;
  • Discuss current work and commitments with senior members of the team to plan or sequence work, or assess and resolve problems;
  • Track progress towards deadlines and ensure progress is maintained.


Candidate Profile

  • Five to seven years of relevant project management experience, with experience managing projects related to culture, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in a global organization
  • Experience contributing to department/function strategy and setting operational plans for own team
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about programs, administrative processes and operations, including managing work flow, reviewing work and providing feedback
  • Knowledge of best practices in organizational development and administration and ability to recommend solutions based on OSF structure and organizational need
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to building relationships across cultures and geographies and network with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of developing and managing a budget
  • High level of emotional intelligence including the ability to grasp and work within a complex organizational environment, to show sensitivity and respect for people working in different roles, and to empathize with different points of viewDiplomatic, discreet, able to handle confidential matters with a high level of integrity and exercise sound judgment on issues of sensitivity


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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