Fixed Term Project Head, Office of General Counsel

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Mar 17

Position description

Fixed Term Project Head, Office of General Counsel. London. Posting Date: 03/16/2021. Deadline: 03/30/2021

We're seeking a one-year, fixed term Project Head based in Berlin or London to support the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) with implementation and management of projects to improve efficiency with its work. The position will report to Senior Legal Counsel in London and will work closely with the Director of Legal Operations, Head of Legal Systems and other legal operations colleagues and attorneys.

The Office of the General Counsel conducted an extensive consultation exercise and is seeking a Project Head to manage implementation of the resulting recommendations. This will include managing a portfolio of projects of varying degrees of complexity, stakeholder engagement, supervising multiple dependencies and competing priorities, keeping all staff on track for successful completion of projects, monitoring moving target dates, and liaising with the OGC's senior management team.

As a Project Head at Open Society, you will:

  • Work with a set of project objectives and priorities laid out by OGC senior management team;
  • Act as task manager for ongoing projects and provide support and assistance for the delivery of project related tasks such as managing logistics, agenda-setting, coordinating priorities/action items, monitoring and evaluating existing projects;
  • Manage a detailed project schedule and work plan to guide project implementation, including project resourcing, deadlines, and dependencies to track all key tasks necessary to achieve the identified project objectives;
  • Coordinate and manage information for OGC projects, including maintaining project lists which currently exist in Excel, Asana, and Box;
  • Work alongside a steering committee and project management consultant tasked with building a project management structure for the OGC to incorporate the outcomes of their work into the OGC projects you are managing;
  • Contribute substantively to projects within the scope of work and Identify areas for improvement and collaboration.


What we are looking for:

  • Five or more years of provenexperience in project management;
  • A demonstrated ability to work efficiently in an environment with competing demands and follow projects through to completion on schedule, without loss of attention to detail or budget;
  • Someone with an open and flexible mindset who is willing to question their own assumptions and adapt their approach to unique circumstances and local context;
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise considerable discretion;
  • Proficiency in Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills, with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and self-motivation, including the ability to work independently and solve problems creatively;
  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice;
  • Commitment to listening and working with humility; ways of working that are respectful to all people; and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace.


Desirable, but not required:

  • Project Management Certification (e.g., PMP);
  • Public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Experience working in a complex organization;
  • Experience working with a grant making organization.


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.


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.