Program Associate

U.S. Programs currently seeks a Program Associate to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Equality Fund. It is through the Equality Fund that U.S. Programs works to promote the full political, economic, social, and civic participation for immigrants and communities of color by eliminating the systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality and increasing access to the structural conduits for opportunity. More specifically, the Fund supports efforts that:

  • Reduce the racial wealth gap by increasing access to fair and responsible financial services, including services not directly related to homeownership, for low-income immigrants and communities of color;
  • Increase opportunities for civic participation of immigrants and communities of color through support of non-partisan organizing activities and state-level advocacy;
  • Expand and protect the rights of immigrants by securing pathways to citizenship and curtailing overly harsh immigration enforcement policies.
Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to criticism, whose laws and policies are open to debate and correction, and whose political institutions are open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen justice and the rule of law; broaden respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities; encourage pluralism and a robust diversity of opinion; deepen democratic practice and participation; expand economic equity; support effective governance; and invest in individuals, public and private organizations, and social movements that advance these goals.

We are a global network of foundations committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Our network includes national foundations, regional foundations, and other geographic programs operating in more than one hundred countries. At the same time, many programs with global reach operate from our four headquarters in Europe and the United States, including programs on digital information, documentary photography, drug policy, early childhood, education, fellowships, fiscal governance, higher education, human rights, international migration, justice, public health, scholarships, think tanks, and women’s rights. In addition to making grants to organizations and individuals, the Open Society Foundations engage in policy advocacy, legal advocacy and litigation, program-related investing, and public communications, as well as providing direct assistance to governments. Most programs and foundations in the network are governed or advised by their own boards.

The Open Society Foundations are the global philanthropies of George Soros, who, as chairman, plays an active role in the work of the foundations. 

Job Profile

The program associate will support the programmatic and administrative work of U.S. Program’s Equality Fund and will directly report to the director of the Fund. The ideal candidate stays abreast of political and public policy trends, social media developments, legal precedents, and philanthropic initiatives. Essential responsibilities will include the following:

  • Provide administrative support to the director of the Fund and/or deputy director of U.S. Programs;
  • Coordinate logistics for internal meetings, including scheduling, booking rooms, preparing materials, and setting up conference calls;
  • As directed, coordinate travel including arranging itineraries, tickets, visas, and travel authorizations for project staff and non-staff colleagues;
  • Provide administrative support to the grants management, legal, and finance departments as needed in order ensure smooth and timely processing of grants, contracts, and payments;
  • Processes and track payment requests and budget allocations;
  • Act as a point of contact for grant- and program-related inquiries and respond to routine telephone and written inquiries from applicants and others;
  • Assist in the preliminary reviews of the quality and completeness of documentation of proposals and request additional information from applicants as directed;
  • Prepare necessary internal paperwork to ensure timely payment of grants; produce pro-forma financial reports on grant spending;
  • Attend strategy meetings with program staff taking meeting minutes and complete routine documentation;
  • Assist in compiling, editing, and drafting program material, including updates to the Open Society website;
  • Perform research and assist with special projects as requested;
  • Travel may be required.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and minimum of two to three years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • NGO or foundation experience/interest in human rights preferred;
  • Capitol Hill or other related government experience preferred;
  • Experience working on social justice issues at the state and local level a plus;
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and research skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience navigating databases (Salesforce, NetSuite, Foundation Connect);
  • Excellent listening, communication, and interpersonal skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Show discretion and ability to handle confidential issues;
  • High level of self-motivation and at ease working independently when necessary;
  • Attentive to detail and works well under pressure;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers, and the general public;
  • A good sense of humor and thirst for learning a must.
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.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.
Application Instructions

Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements by August 29, 2014, to: humanresources@opensocietyfoundations.org. Include job code in subject line: PA-EF.