Fixed Term Project Head, Culture and Art

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 16

Position description

Fixed Term Project Head, Culture and Art. New York. Posting Date: 06/15/2020. Deadline: 06/29/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your effective project management skills and knowledge of socially engaged art? The Open Society's Culture and Art Program seeks a fixed-term Project Head for 5.5 months to manage and support existing and new collaborations with the OSF network. The position can be based in New York City or Washington, D.C.

The Culture and Art Program seeks to advance diverse artistic practices and strengthen locally led cultural spaces; addressing the aesthetic, political, and capacity needs of arts leaders, individual artists, and cultural activists. It will also serve to connect, convene, and sustain a global network of locally led cultural organizations and initiatives working at the intersection of culture, art, and social change. Culture and Art was created in 2019, incorporating the work of the Arts Exchange and the Documentary Photography Project.

As a Project Head at Open Society, you will:

  • Operate as the primary staff for Open Society network collaboration with Culture and Art, including tracking any new collaboration requests, and monitoring and evaluating existing collaborations
  • Monitor and support the Regional Creative Hubs Anti-corruption initiative, in collaboration with the Strategy Unit's Lab, OSIWA, and the Western Balkans' foundations
  • Organize and support virtual meetings and events within the Program and within existing collaborations
  • Monitor relevant budgets, including spending related to their activities, processing necessary payments, negotiating contracts (if necessary)
  • Provide ad hoc program support, including event support, contract management, etc. (as needed)


What we are looking for:

  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in project management
  • Experience in socially engaged art domestically and/or globally, with the ability to act as a connector and translator between various sectors, such as philanthropy, human rights, and the art world
  • 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 or budget
  • Possess an open and flexible mindset; be self-aware, nimble, and willing to question one's own assumptions and adapt one's approach to each unique circumstance and local context


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.


Check out a day in the life of an Open Society colleague here .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; 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.