Data and Research Support Specialist

Open Society Foundation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 27

Position description

The Strategy Unit helps Open Society staff create, implement, and assess “living strategies” that can be used to signal plans, share new ideas, align actions, delegate authority, budget resources, and hold themselves accountable. We add value by bridging various perspectives throughout the strategy and budget cycle, soliciting staff input and serving as their advocates while advancing the goals of OSF’s leadership. In all our efforts, we try to embody values that OSF strives for in its internal culture: transparency, collaboration, responsibility, inclusion, and informed risk-taking. These characteristics are enabling conditions for living strategy at OSF.

Research Services, housed within the Strategy Unit, is an evolving knowledge management resource connecting staff to pertinent internal and externally generated information to strengthen the empirical basis of OSF’s strategic planning and assessment practices. By tracking, curating, facilitating access to, and preserving authoritative resources, Research Services assists staff in staying current in their fields and making informed decisions, which in turn better positions them to improve upon the development, implementation, and assessment of their programmatic strategies.

The Data and Research Support Specialist is a full-time role at Open Society Foundations, working with the Head of Research Services to provide innovative and responsive information services across the global OSF network. The Data and Research Support Specialist is a service-oriented role that promotes a rigorous and thoughtful approach to strategy across the network through proactive and thorough digital asset stewardship, text and data analysis, and research assistance across OSF projects, departments, staff, and Fellows. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity for and commitment to dynamic knowledge management and professional engagement.

To be successful, you should have a minimum of 3 years data management and analysis experience, ideally in an academic environment or research institution, demonstrated knowledge of research methodologies, tools for data/text mining and analysis, and major information providers and resources. You should also have demonstrated proficiency with contemporary software systems and applications, including Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, and Google Analytics; experience with institutional repositories or digital asset/information management systems preferred.

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Closing date: 10 August 2018.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

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