Project Head- Diversity and Inclusion

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 02

Position description

Project Head- Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources, New York, Deadline: 03/01/2019

The Human Resources (HR) team, comprised of 45 members, sits in our Berlin, London and New York offices and supports OSF staff across the global network of foundations, in over 40 countries. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, and Recruitment.

The Diversity and Inclusion Project Head is responsible for overseeing the disability inclusion project within the Diversity and Inclusion unit in the Human Resources department. This role requires coordinating across operational units to ensure a successful rollout of our new accommodations policy. This role requires significant knowledge and familiarity with the field of disability inclusion, with a general knowledge of diversity and inclusion. It also requires proven knowledge of organizational and project management, including effective deployment of time, and money, management of consultants, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem solving.

The Project Head will also contribute to the execution of the overall Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which areas of focus are Disability, Gender and Bias. They may project manage other diversity and inclusion projects as needed.

Job Profile

  • Develop a long-term project and activity plan to contribute to Open Society's organizational goal to become a more inclusive workplace for people with disabilities.
  • Manage ongoing activities and events to further develop and improve Open Society's disability inclusion practices and skills.
  • Liaise with multiple internal stakeholders, including the global operations team and the employee affinity group, to coordinate and consult about the implementation of the HR disability inclusions activities with other related projects;
  • Develop regular communications to keep key stakeholders and the organization informed of the project and activities.
  • Develop and propose metrics to track progress.
  • Collaborate with relevant functions in HR to ensure successful roll-out of the global accommodations policy;
  • Oversee the ongoing roll-out of disability inclusion training program for managers and general staff;
  • Support the expansion of diversity and inclusion project to Latin America, Asia Pacific and Middle East regional offices;
  • Supporting special projects as needed.


Candidate Profile

  • Expertise in the field of disability inclusion and access to network of resources and references to support this work
  • Outstanding internal communication and coordination skills
  • Strong understanding of cultural differences and the proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds within a complex organization
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and judgment regarding sensitive and confidential issues
  • Proven ability to prioritize a wide range of assignments and consistently deliver at a high level of quality in high pressure, fast-paced environments
  • Strong project management experience, ability to manage projects independently and coordinate between internal and external stakeholders/vendors
  • Experience with Diversity and Inclusion and Organizational Effectiveness training
  • Experience with verbal and written communications in English (multilingual abilities a plus)
  • 3-5 years of experience working with disability and inclusion units in global organizations.


Competitive rates of pay apply.

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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