Director, Opportunities Grants Management

Ref: 7201

Open Society Foundations

The position is location-neutral, based at any Open Society Foundations office with a preference for Bogota, Rio, Mexico City, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Amman, OR Seoul.

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Role coordinated by:

Harriet Weaver

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: This leadership role offers a competitive salary commensurate with your experience and the local market.

Closing Date: 22/04/2024

Do you want to help make the world a better place by shaping grantmaking operations for a global network of foundations during a radical transformation?

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their people. We provide thousands of grants every year to groups and individuals across the globe that work on the issues we focus on—promoting tolerance, transparency, and open debate. We also engage in strategic human rights litigation and impact investing, while incubating new ideas and engaging directly with governments and policymakers through advocacy to advance positive change.

Our impact starts with our diverse and passionate team united in its pursuit for a freer, more equitable and democratic world. To help us fulfil our mission, we seek a Director, Opportunities Grants Management. Reporting to the Senior Director, Grants Management, you will be supported by a globally distributed grants management team and partner with senior leadership to transform our grantmaking operations, administering more than $700 million to global grantees annually.

You will join us after a radical restructuring process to reimagine the grants process to remove bottlenecks, improve outcomes, and achieve greater impact for the Open Society Foundations. This includes putting the entire grantmaking process in one shared system; strategically increasing grant size, duration, and flexibility; optimizing funding allocation; and explicitly defining risks within grantmaking.

As Director, you will lead a team of Grant Associates including, but not limited to, performance management, talent development and resource allocation. With a strategic mindset, you will help implement our vision, turning ideas into prioritised action plans with clear objectives. You will play a key role in supporting the ongoing transformation effort to design and implement a high-impact, grantee-centric grantmaking process as we strive to be a changemaker in the global fight for an open society.

The successful candidate will be a strategic leader with extensive international transformation experience within the non-profit sector. You will bring significant people management expertise, and experience of leading across multiple organizational functions. You will also demonstrate prior experience and knowledge with grant processing, grant-making systems, compliance, and risk management.

We seek candidates dedicated to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, and social justice. You will embrace a future-oriented and international mindset, with an eagerness to radically reimagine systems changes.

Further details on the role can be downloaded below. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 7201. The deadline for applications is 9 a.m. GMT Monday 22nd April.

This leadership role offers a competitive salary commensurate with your experience and the local market.  

The position is location-neutral, based at any Open Society Foundations office with a preference for Bogota, Rio, Mexico City, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Amman, OR Seoul. See our office locations:

What we offer:

Exceptional opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and learning conversations with visiting experts.
Top-notch benefits and perks to promote well-being and a healthy work-life balance. Including generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, and much more. (Benefits vary by location.)
A commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive workplace so you can bring your whole self to work and make a positive impact.

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

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process on behalf of Open Society Foundations in parallel with the public advertisement of the role.

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