Deputy Director

Transparency and Accountability Initiative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description


The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) is a collaborative of leading funders of transparency and accountability programming around the world. Established in 2010, the initiative has evolved from a field building role to a platform for funder learning and action. Our members have over $500m invested in support of those fighting for a more open, just and equitable society, be that as anti-corruption watchdogs, open government champions, investigative journalists, facilitators of community participation or data rights advocates.

TAI sits at a unique crossroads in this field, serving as a thought partner, advisor, and facilitator of funder member collaboration and ally of those partner organizations leading change on the ground. We are committed to helping our members (Chandler Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Luminate, MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the U.K. Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office) be as impactful as they can be, including through influence on the broader funding community (see our 2020-24 Strategy).

The collaborative currently has seven members served by a Secretariat with three full-time staff.

More information on TAI is available at our website:

TAI program is fiscally sponsored by the Proteus Fund who partners with foundations, advocates, and individual donors to advance democracy, human rights, and peace.



TAI is looking for a dynamic leader and advocate of good governance to work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and the funder member Steering Committee to deliver on our exciting strategy. The Deputy Director will lead on deepening engagements with funders and practitioners working on issues where transparency, participation and accountability are part of the solution – be that in regard to effective oversight of pandemic recovery spending, fostering a more just energy transition or access to more equitable health and education services. This is a senior role. This individual will influence funder thinking, practice and actions to respond to field needs. The Deputy Director will oversee research fellows, consultants and program support functions in combination with the ED.

This position can be virtual and based in the Americas, Europe or Africa. Other Secretariat staff are currently based in Washington, D.C.

Essential functions

In line with the 2020-24 TAI strategy, the Deputy Director will lead engagements related to the three pillars of the TAI strategy:

“Funder Landscape” (40%)

  • Lead scoping of ways that transparency, participation and accountability can inform solutions to global challenges, such as gender equality and how to assure a just energy transition
  • Engage public and private funders around opportunities for aligned research, ideation, grantmaking and advocacy
  • Manage resulting collaborative initiatives (mappings, advocacy, aligned investment, etc.)
  • Cultivate use of TAI funder member collective voice, including in support of grantee advocacy, including through coordination of TAI’s Collective Voice Working Group

“What We Fund” (25%)

  • Stay abreast of developments within the transparency, participation and accountability field; work with members on tracking and curation of field evidence that can inform member and grantee partner thinking and strategizing
  • Advise on selection, design and delivery of learning activities and curation of knowledge and evidence for members on TPA thematic issues of shared member interest
  • Respond to individual member funder requests, including managing just-in-time research and providing candid advice and feedback
  • Represent TAI in field events and conversations and maintain regular dialogue with field actors

“How We Fund” (15%)

  • Work with funder members to pinpoint learning needs and manage TAI Fellows and consultants to facilitate learning and exchange around grant making practice
  • Support members to use TAI as a space for promoting good practice and for mutual accountability, including on strengthening the diversity and inclusiveness of grantee portfolios

Strategic/Management Support (20%)

  • Work with the Executive Director to reflect on and adapt Secretariat practices to provide most value to members. Co-design and actively participate in strategy discussions as needed.
  • Lead the Secretariat team and member engagement on behalf of the ED whenever the ED is absent.
  • Author blogs, op eds, and think pieces in support of strategic goals for funder and field audiences



The Deputy Director will be passionate about the role that transparency, participation and accountability can play in support of the collective good. The right candidate will have a proven track record of influencing high level stakeholders and facilitating partnerships. An effective advocate for good governance, this person will be a strong and succinct communicator – both verbally and written. Entrepreneurial, with good problem-solving skills, the Deputy Director will be able to spot opportunities where TAI members (with support of the Secretariat) can make a difference. This person will have excellent people skills, an ability to motivate others, and enjoy working in a fast-paced, non-hierarchical, non-egotistical environment. A life-long learner, this person is intellectually curious, welcomes diverse perspectives and has strong analytic skills. This person has experience of non-profits, grant making and fundraising. Detail oriented, the Deputy Director will push for high standards of all collective products.

Additional Skills and Experience:

  • Expertise in the field of transparency, participation and accountability
  • Extensive experience with operational planning and proven ability to deliver objectives
  • Cross-cultural competencies and substantial life experience with multiple cultures
  • The ability to work concurrently on a range of diverse tasks, balancing competing priorities
  • Comfortable with working in a fluid environment where demands change often
  • Ability and flexibility to travel (up to 4 weeks per year), which might be intensive for short periods



The salary range for US based candidates is US$121,000 to $134,000/year. Proteus Fund will ensure that candidates outside of the US are offered fair and equitable salary and benefits related to their area of residence.

  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and eligible dependents available on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account (401K) with organization contribution of 10% of annual salary.
  • Three weeks paid vacation in the first year of work, four weeks in the subsequent years
  • Fifteen sick days per year
  • Three personal days per year
  • Twelve paid holidays
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Paid Family Leave


Proteus Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition.


Deadline for Applications is August 20th.