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Working at Open Society Foundations

Investing in Our People

The good work done by the Open Society Foundations begins with our staff—a large and diverse team that is united in its passion for a freer, more equitable, and more democratic world. We know that our diversity is an integral part of who we are, what we believe, and the work we do.

Three people in a kitchen
© Gunnar Knechtel/Redux for the Open Society Foundations

Just as importantly, we are invested in our staff's career development and future. Alongside trainings on topics such as leadership, communications, Excel, grant making, financial analysis, field scanning, flexible funding, and organizational assessments, we offer tuition reimbursement for language courses and provide funding for off-site courses, seminars, and conferences.

Brown Bag Lunches: Offered nearly every week, brown bag lunch sessions provide opportunities for staff members to engage in discussions about a variety of issues with grantees and experts from the field

Contested Spaces: Open to employees at all levels who have been at Open Society for three or more years, this site-based learning and professional development initiative is designed to broaden intellectual and geographical horizons through a weeklong trip to an unfamiliar country or region.

Inclusion Liaison Teams: Volunteer groups—made up of colleagues of various levels, positions, and programs—that help foster a culture of inclusivity for our diverse workforce. They encourage and engage in conversations around diversity and inclusion challenges, and host events with the aim of improving inclusive work practices and appreciation for one another.

Affinity Groups: Employee-led groups centered on causes, interests, experiences, and backgrounds. These groups have created trusted, safe spaces for staff to discuss their experiences and the changes they would like to see in their workplace.

Our Benefits and Perks

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive set of benefits.

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100 percent paid private health insurance       

Generous retirement savings plan 

Progressive parental leave (six months or more, depending on location)

Reproductive and family support program

Generous time off 

Flexible working arrangements       

Professional and personal development assistance        

Four-month paid sabbatical after five years of employment

Summer Fridays 

*Note there is some variability in this package according to location.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out about new employment opportunities at Open Society?

Our vacancies are posted on our careers page. While we currently do not have the ability to send notifications when roles are posted, we encourage you to check back frequently for new postings. You can also follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

What should I do if I am unable to apply online due to a disability?

Open Society is committed to ensuring that our online application process provides equal employment opportunities to all job seekers, including individuals with disabilities. If you need accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to submit an application, please contact us by email at recruiting@opensocietyfoundations.org, by phone at +1-212-548-0600, or by mail at Recruitment Team, Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019.

Can I apply for multiple jobs?

Yes, but please make sure that your skills align with the position for which you are applying.

Do you offer internships?

Open Society is in the process of rolling out an internship program, which will target candidates from underrepresented groups. Interns will be paid an hourly wage and each cohort will take part in special programming, including brown bag events, professional development workshops, mentorship, grantee visits, and social activities. The internship periods will be 10–12 weeks during the fall, spring, and summer. We do not have any volunteer opportunities at this time.

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