Program Officer, Racial Equity in New York

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 12

Position description

Program Officer, Racial Equity in New York. New York. Posting Date: 10/11/2019. Deadline: 10/25/2019

We are seeking a Program Officer to work on the Racial Equity in NYC Portfolio out of Open Society Foundations' Executive Office. The role will help to lead and shape this portfolio within the Executive Office in 2020 - 2021, and to advance crucial grantmaking and advocacy efforts to increase racial equity in NYC, and ensure the closure of Rikers Island.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Executive Office works across the Open Society Foundations' network to provides institutional coordination, direction, analysis and thought-partnership on time-sensitive and long-term strategic priorities and related projects across a range of thematic and regional issues. We build relationships with high-priority institutional partners, including donors, open network grantees, and major multilateral and governmental institutions; convene the Senior Leadership Group, Management Committee, and other OSF-wide Committees; participate in or lead cross-department and ad-hoc teams and special projects; manage the Chairman's and President's grants and reserve funds; and advance assessment through presidential portfolio reviews.

As a Program Officer with the Executive Office, you will:

  • Lead and develop the strategy and grantmaking portfolio of the NYC Racial Equity Portfolio to advance race equity in New York City and ensure the closure of Riker's Island
  • Assess the organizational capacity of potential grantees and provide feedback to develop grant proposals
  • Manage relationships with new and existing grantees, provide technical and strategic assistance, and identify outcomes
  • Create original policy recommendations and advance them using established contacts with key decision-makers, including community partners, stakeholders and City agencies;
  • Engage in direct advocacy, convening and trainings, communications, and other approaches to maximize impact
  • Write strategy and position papers to provide direction on specific policy or capacity-building issues


What we are looking for:

  • Seven to ten years' experience working in a field related to racial equity, social service systems, and mass incarceration in New York City; or equivalent combination of education
  • Community organizing and base-building experience
  • Experience working to decarcerate and decriminalize Black and Brown poverty, with an emphasis on the criminal-legal system and surveillance
  • Deep understanding of New York City agencies and other city systems


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


See what a day in the life of a Program Officer at Open Society is like here .

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit a cover letter that addresses the specific skills and experience that OSF requires for Program Officers (guidance is located here ) and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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