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Working at open society

Our commitment to transparency, fairness, and diversity drives everything we do at the Open Society Foundations. These values provide the basis for the work culture we have created and strive to preserve.

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The impact made by the Open Society Foundations begins with our workforce. From offering a wide array of trainings—on topics such as leadership, communications, and grant making—to a year-round schedule of events and celebrations—including happy hours, sports, trivia nights, and even painting—we are dedicated to making sure that every person on our staff feels like a valued member of the Open Society team.


Office Locations

New York, United States

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The New York office is Open Society’s main grant-giving center, as well as the base for many global initiatives and thematic and regional programs.

The office is the primary home to the organization’s operational and administrative departments.

Washington, United States

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The Washington, D.C., office engages in advocacy aimed at influencing U.S. government policy on domestic and international issues such as civil liberties, criminal justice reform, human rights, transparency, and accountability.

It is also home to the Open Society Policy Center, which lobbies Congress on domestic and international policy issues. 

Baltimore, United States

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The Open Society Institute–Baltimore office, which serves as a field office for the Open Society Foundations' U.S. programs, opened in 1997.

It focuses on tackling three intertwined problems in Baltimore and Maryland: drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. 

London, United Kingdom

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The London office is a base for both regional and global work on issues ranging from education to investigative journalism to economic advancement.

The office also facilitates collaboration and serves as a channel for information and contacts between Open Society and our partners in the United Kingdom.

Berlin, Germany

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Our Berlin office is now a base for both regional and global work on issues ranging from the justice system to health care to supporting Europe’s Roma communities.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Bogotá, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro offices work closely together on efforts to defend democracy, increase governmental transparency, protect minority rights, reduce homicides, and reform drug policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Staff who work with the Latin America Program are based in these offices, as well as in New York City and Washington, DC.

Bogota, Colombia

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The Bogotá, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro offices work closely together on efforts to defend democracy, increase governmental transparency, protect minority rights, reduce homicides, and reform drug policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Staff who work with the Latin America Program are based in these offices, as well as in New York City and Washington, DC.


Mexico City, Mexico

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The Bogotá, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro offices work closely together on efforts to defend democracy, increase governmental transparency, protect minority rights, reduce homicides, and reform drug policy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Staff who work with the Latin America Program are based in these offices, as well as in New York City and Washington, DC.

Amman, Jordan

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The Amman office is home to the Middle East and North Africa Program.

It supports a diverse group of local civil society organizations, research centers, universities, and media organizations across Egypt, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Syria. 

Brussels, Belgium

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The Brussels office focuses on ensuring that EU policy, laws, and funding uphold human rights and reflect open society values.

Staff in this office are policy-focused and propose possible EU action, provide evidence to support our advocacy positions, engage in debate, and work closely with EU officials, politicians, NGOs, and the media.  

Barcelona, Spain

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The Barcelona office is home to the Open Society Initiative for Europe.

The Initiative—which was launched in 2013 as a legal entity registered in Catalan—focuses on contributing to more vibrant and legitimate democracies across Europe by supporting the activists and civil society organizations confronting the continent’s many challenges.

Belvedere, Tunis, Tunisia

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The Tunis office serves as a satellite for the Middle East and North Africa Program, which is based in Amman, Jordan.

Like the Amman office, the Tunis office’s work is focused on work in five areas: rights and governance, women’s rights, higher education, media and information, and arts and culture.

Diversity and Inclusion

A commitment to inclusivity and diversity is a core part of Open Society's identity and mission. Supporting and living by these values is an integral part of everything we do, from our advocacy and grant making to our hiring and workplace culture. 

We believe that people build stronger bonds with each other when they treat each other inclusively, and that true inclusivity requires a diversity of opinions and backgrounds. We know that diversity makes us stronger, more dynamic, and better able to accomplish our mission.

Just as we work hard to evaluate and improve our efforts toward social justice, we also work to follow through on our commitment to workplace diversity. To that end, we are gathering data and regularly reporting on the composition—as well as the compensation—of our staff by race and gender.

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