Grant Making Support Officer

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Feb 08

Position description

Grant Making Support Officer. New York. Posting Date: 02/07/2020. Deadline: 02/24/2020

The Grant Making Support Group (GMSG) of the Open Society Foundations is supports and advocates for the practice of effective, efficient, ethical, and strategic grant making within the Open Society Foundations. The GMSG does this by: (a) promoting a culture of grant making across the network based on shared values and principles; (b) building an environment (policies, practices, systems, and structures) that encourages, supports and sustains good grant-making practice; and (c) strengthening the knowledge, skills and abilities of our grant makers. The GMSG works in multiple ways, including training, policy setting, knowledge building, and connecting colleagues across the network.

Job Profile

The Grant Making Support Group is seeking a Grant Making Support Officer to work as part of the GMSG's "executive" pillar, collaborating with the GMSG Director on efforts pertaining to the Director's responsibilities for leadership on grant making policy and oversight of grant making practice within the network as well as projects related to the Director's duties as a member of OSF's senior management. The GMSO will be expected to develop and maintain a perspective on the whole of OSF's grant making in order to identify emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities that merit GMSG's strategic focus. The Grant Making Support Officer will report to the GMSG Director and will be part of a small, tightly-knit, collaborative team that works with colleagues from across all parts of OSF.

As a Grant Making Support Officer at Open Society, you will:
  • Provide primary research and analysis to the GMSG Director and the Grant Making Advisory Committee (the successor to the Committee on Grant Making) to improve oversight of grant making practice across the network and identify areas requiring intervention;
  • Lead development and implementation of projects emerging from the Grant Making Advisory Committee;
  • Manage engagement with program directors related to on-boarding, oversight, and program (re)structuring;
  • Handle special projects emerging from the Executive Office, Senior Leadership Group, and other units (e.g. GDPR policy);
  • Engage with external peers to learn from and advocate on effective grant making practice;
  • Participate in GMSG project teams as needed.


What we are looking for:

  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in situations relevant to the duties of this role.
  • Significant grant-making experience, with a minimum of three years in a grant-making position (organizational or individual grants) at OSF or at a similar grant-making institution, and a demonstrated ability to improve own practice.
  • Ability to articulate a deep understanding of and vision for good grant-making practice based on experience and knowledge, using that understanding to develop and implement a strategy for achieving OSF's broader vision for grant making. This includes understanding of common and atypical challenges, varied approaches, and appropriate use of grant-making tools.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, excellent communication and facilitation skills. Ability to engage and connect with groups in a trustful and personable way. Ability to "read the room" and adapt methodologies and plans accordingly.
  • Strong project management skills, including effective deployment of time, money, and human resources, network-wide or similarly complex coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving.
  • Track record of taking responsibility for projects and areas of work, ability to determine an appropriate course of action and problem solve with minimal supervision and guidance.
  • Ability to exercise effective and inclusive leadership in cross-cultural settings and to build and maintain strong, trusting relationships - across the OSF network and with others - to further programmatic goals.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English are required; proficiency in other languages is highly desirable.
  • Ability to undertake regular international travel.
  • Ability to function effectively in a virtual team based in multiple locations.


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite training and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


See what a day in the life of a Grant Making Support Officer at Open Society is like.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and a resume; We look forward to learning more about you.

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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