Program Coordinator

The Scholarship Programs aim to promote critical thinking, free and open intellectual inquiry, cross-cultural tolerance, and respect by supporting individuals who demonstrate both academic and professional excellence and have potential to become civil society leaders in their home communities. 

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 Scholarship Programs are currently seeking a program coordinator to be based in their London office.

Under direction and supervision of the Scholarship Programs manager or deputy director, the program coordinator will work on everyday program administration and program enhancement activities across several scholarship programs. This will include:

  • Arranging and monitoring payments and reports related to each of the programs;
  • Processing grants in Foundation Connect and NetSuite;
  • Preparing and processing grant-related documents and forms, initiating payments;
  • Handling and filing correspondence with grantees and partner organizations regarding grant payments and reporting requirements;
  • Monitoring grants through review of narrative and financial reports and other communication with grantees;
  • Monitoring grants progress and grant compliance in coordination with Open Society Foundations grants management and finance staff;
  • Maintaining program databases and participant files;
  • Providing support to the program manager on implementation of program enhancement activities (pre-departure orientation, mid-year conference, mailings) in addition to engaging in the design of the events and correspondence with participants;
  • Drafting internal correspondence, meeting agendas, and other materials;
  • Liaising with national foundations through country visits and performing site and recruitment visits; and
  • Performing general duties within department as requested.
Qualifications
  • BA required; background in international affairs, human rights, and/or civil society is an advantage;
  • Demonstrable experience in NGO program management; experience working internationally is a plus; 
  • Excellent written and oral English;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously and independently 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;
  • Extensive skills and high comfort level with computers (expertise with Microsoft Word and Excel required; experience with databases and the Internet preferred);
  • Superior written and organizational skills and ability to compose effective, thoughtful correspondence;
  • High level of self-motivation;
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure; 
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle confidential matters; and
  • Ability to travel internationally when required.
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 your CV and cover letter including your salary expectation to recruitment@opensocietyfoundations.org. Include job code in the subject line: SCHPC.