Program Officer, Culture and Art (Fixed-Term)

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 09

Position description

Program Officer, Culture and Art (Fixed-Term). New York. Posting Date: 05/08/2020. Deadline: 05/29/2020

We are seeking a Fixed-Term Program Officer (6-7 months) based in New York, to implement grantmaking for the Culture and Art program.

Culture and Art is a newly launched program at Open Society Foundations that seeks to advance diverse artistic practices and strengthen locally-led cultural spaces around the world. It addresses the aesthetic, political, and capacity needs of arts leaders, individual artists, and cultural activists working at the intersection of culture, art, and social change. Through grants, fellowships (the Soros Arts Fellowship and the Moving Walls Fellowship ), convenings, and public programs, it connects and sustains a global network of cultural organizations and initiatives.

This fixed-term position will primarily be responsible for assessing organizations recommended for funding by the Director and Deputy Director of Culture and Art. This includes conducting due diligence, developing proposals with prospective grantees, identifying grantees suitable for funding, writing grant recommendations and organizational assessments, and monitoring all phases of the grant process. While most grants will be recommended by the Director and Deputy Director, the Fixed-Term Program Officer will also identify additional organizations that align with existing program strategy.

As a Fixed-Term Program Officer with Culture and Art you will:
  • Lead a portfolio of grants to organizations working at the intersection of culture, art, and social change;
  • Contribute to the strategy development process with program leadership and other staff;
  • Conduct grantee site visits and other learning activities; provide technical and strategic assistance, connect grantees to other resources, and identify opportunities for collaboration;
  • Assess the organizational strengths and needs of potential grantees, and collaborate on efforts to nurture grantees and the field;
  • Engage in direct advocacy, convening and trainings, communications, and other approaches to maximize impact;
  • Build and establish strategic relationships with other philanthropic partners and NGOs;
  • Forecast, plan and track annual budgets.


What we are looking for:
  • Seven to ten years of experience in a creative field working at the intersection of art, culture, and social change; we welcome a range of professional backgrounds, including but not limited to practitioners, curators, arts managers, and grantmakers with a track record of working with and for artists and arts organizations;
  • People with a vision for how art and culture advance healthy societies; a deep, first-hand knowledge of unique needs of artists and arts organizations, especially in challenging economic, social, and political environments;
  • Experience grantmaking, writing or assessing grant proposals, and monitoring and assessing organizations, programs, and budgets;
  • Knowledge of the cultural landscape of one or more of the following regions: Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Active participation and significant relationships in your field of expertise;
  • Candidates must possess an open and flexible mindset, and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • A commitment to the values of the Open Society Foundations, including cultural competence and sensitivity;
  • Good written and spoken English; fluency in an additional language other than English is valued.


What we offer:
  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings 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 Program Officer at Open Society is like here .
  • Application Instructions: If this sounds like the position for you, please submit a cover letter that addresses the specific skills and experience that Open Society requires for Program Officers (guidance is located here ) and a resume. We look forward to learning more about you.

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.