Working at Open Society Foundations
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.
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.
We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive set of benefits.
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
*Note there is some variability in this package according to location.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Yes, but please make sure that your skills align with the position for which you are applying.
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.