Deputy Director

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Open Society Institute–Baltimore (OSI-Baltimore), the sole field office of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, supports a grantmaking, educational, advocacy, and capacity-building program to expand justice and opportunity for Baltimore residents. With support from a range of investors, its current work focuses on helping Baltimore’s youth succeed, reducing the social and economic costs of incarceration, tackling drug addiction, and building a corps of Community Fellows to bring innovative ideas to Baltimore’s underserved communities. A significant amount of the office’s work focuses on policy reform at the state level, increasing opportunity and justice throughout Maryland.

Purpose of Position

Provide operational, programmatic, fundraising, and administrative leadership, support, and expertise to advance social justice and open society values in the United States as part of the Open Society Institute–Baltimore leadership team. Work is carried out independently. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Policy, Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communications, and Implementation:

  • In consultation with the OSI-Baltimore director and program directors, help develop and guide the implementation of policy, advocacy, capacity building, and communication initiatives on critical open society issues, including helping to guide the annual strategic and budget development process and portfolio reviews;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with important external actors in relevant policy and programmatic domains, including in the public sector, private enterprise, and the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds, and represent OSI-Baltimore to external and internal audiences;
  • As requested by the OSI-Baltimore director, investigate grantmaking or advocacy in new substantive areas, including through exploratory grantmaking;
  • Prepare, write, and edit a diverse range of documents, including issue briefs, reports, memos and summaries, and edit grant recommendations and fundraising proposals and reports;
  • Help OSI-Baltimore staff to collaborate with functional offices of U.S. Programs and Open Society, such as the offices of grantmaking and communications, to clarify policies, maximize the impact of work undertaken by OSI-Baltimore staff, and develop clear and efficient procedures. 

Program Management, Budget, Fundraising, and Administration:

  • Serve as close advisor to the OSI-Baltimore director and help develop and manage organizational strategy, such as that related to the office’s organizational design and refinement of OSI-Baltimore’s relationship to other components of Open Society, including within U.S. Programs, and to the economic development activities undertaken with the Soros Economic Development Fund;
  • Help lead the development and refinement of OSI-Baltimore priorities, including by taking a leadership role in developing, tracking, and assessing the grantmaking, fundraising, communications and operational budget for OSI-Baltimore;
  • As requested by the OSI-Baltimore director, participate in cultivation and solicitation activities for prospective investors and stewardship activities for current donors.
  • Oversee operational and administrative functions in OSI-Baltimore, including those related to maintenance of the office, equipment, and supplies for the office; professional development opportunities for staff; all-staff meetings; office policies; and coordination with U.S. Programs grantmaking operations and budget/administration units and with central administrative departments (including finance, human resources, facilities management, and the general counsel’s office);
  • In coordination with the OSI-Baltimore director, work closely with the OSI-Baltimore directors to develop agendas for its weekly meetings, to facilitate collaboration, to carry out special assignments from U.S. Programs, to develop strategic planning processes, and to facilitate their communication and collaboration with the entire OSI-Baltimore team and the OSI-Baltimore Advisory Board;
  • In consultation with the OSI-Baltimore director, prepare for and help facilitate OSI-Baltimore board meetings and board committee meetings, including overseeing meeting logistics, board book preparation, completion of meeting minutes, and follow-up from board recommendations and requests.


  • Occasional travel is required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Education / Experience
  • Advanced degree (MA/MS/JD) and 10 to 15 years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Senior leadership experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, private sector, government, or organizational consulting, preferably in a large and complex organization with demonstrated track record of developing initiatives that led to significant change;
  • Experience working on policy reform and advocacy efforts;
  • Experience in managing teams who face multiple priorities under pressure and accomplish deadlines with a heavy workload;
  • Demonstrated history as strong relationship builder and communicator leading diverse work teams and building partnerships, including in collaborative situations and without direct authority.
Skills Required
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in a nonprofit organization, foundation, private sector, or government agency;
  • Ability to lead, assess, and plan public policy and social change initiatives, including political and organizational dynamics relevant to potential interventions and to connect a variety of issues to broader trends and new paradigms;
  • Budgetary, technical, human resource, and financial management capability, including judgment and initiative to develop and implement effective internal systems, policies, and procedures;
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), superior organizational and strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to listen effectively;
  • Leadership qualities, including ability to effectively manage, supervise, develop, and motivate staff and to build effective and diverse teams; 
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters;
  • Extraordinary initiative, creative assessment, and strong analytical skills, including in identifying and resolving complex issues and developing and implementing innovative and strategic priorities;
  • Proven commitment to the Open Society Foundations’ mission.

Other Requirements:

  • Commitment to effective management and supervision and to staff development;
  • Demonstrated interest in social and racial justice and poverty issues.
  • Fundraising experience preferred.
Work Environment and Physical Demands

Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements by May 2, 2014, to: Include job code in the subject line: DD-USP.