Associate Strategy Officer (Fixed Term)

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 31

Position description

Associate Strategy Officer (Fixed Term). New York. Posting Date: 03/29/2019. Deadline: 04/14/2019

The Strategy Unit facilitates the evolution of the Foundations' strategy, budget, and results assessment practice. Working closely with OSF's 50+ programs, foundations and departments, the Strategy Unit helps staff and boards create unit-level strategies that are informed by continuous learning and adjustment, and aligned with budgets and staffing plans. The Strategy Unit also supports strategy at the organization-wide level, providing guidance and training in research methods, empirical evidence gathering, collaboration, experimentation and informed risk-taking. We facilitate the review and authorization of unit-level strategies with executive leadership and the global board, and support staff-board engagement on issues and questions of strategic relevance for the whole network.

The Strategy unit is currently seeking a fixed term Associate Strategy Officer to provide project management support for Strategy Unit collaboration and curation projects from April 1st - September 30th.

Job Profile

  • Manage Better Convenings project
    • With managerial input, align project with parallel work of internal actors seeking to improve OSF meeting logistics. Adjust project objectives and timeline as needed.
    • Once the above alignment is achieved, organize focus groups, interview key stakeholders for their perspectives, and collate the generated data. Convene the "core team" on a bi-weekly basis in order to ensure the project meets the expectations of key stakeholders. Work with consultant and Communications to draft a guide with dissemination strategy.
  • Support network-driven collaboration projects. Help program leaders develop and execute on grassroots collaboration initiatives as they emerge (e.g. developing Karl community and otherwise supporting Workers' Rights initiative, support to next steps on Safe and Humane Borders, etc.).
  • Spot and distill content from multi-party or unit-level activities that has shareable value. Once topics of network-wide interest have been identified in consultation with SU managers, conduct discovery among the main actors to reveal lessons, document them, and present them back to the network creatively.
  • Oversee OSF Communities of Practice. Help field questions and organize groups interested to connect around shared learning objectives. Identify and share outcomes from Community of Practice discussions that are of wider interest to OSF colleagues.
  • Conceive of and produce a periodic digest of network collaborative activity and patterns in programming, drawing on the above sources and others.
  • Manage Facilitation Training project: Manage the consultant's (Bruno Selun) contract to make sure deliverables are completed, and field all unit requests for Bruno's time. Serve as first point of contact for participant questions- oversee PAS support (Betsy) on logistics.
  • Support Evaluation and Learning Director onboarding and provide interim assistance on organization-wide assessment projects such as the managerial dashboard project and assisting the Reserve Funds Policy Committee with learning and assessment tasks.
  • Additional tasks as needed related to encouraging collaboration and establishing partnerships with OSF programs, foundations, and departments.


Candidate Profile

  • Preference for internal candidates with knowledge of network systems, actors, and cultures
  • Requires knowledge within field sufficient to effectively perform routine assignments and core responsibilities
  • Knowledge of best practices, key organizations and networks active in the field relevant to OSF
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and judgment regarding sensitive and confidential issues
  • Experience managing projects independently and coordinating between internal and external stakeholders/vendors
  • Facilitation and meeting design skills
  • Flexibility and the willingness to experiment
  • Communications experience preferred, particularly on connecting with diverse constituencies and presenting summary information in an engaging way


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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