Program Operations Associate

Program Operations Associate

Hiring Organization: 
Open Society-US (OSUS)

Do you want to use your organizational and administrative skills to help create healthy, just, and liberated communities? We’re seeking a Program Operations Associate based in Baltimore to contribute to OSI’s overall goals by supporting the programmatic and administrative capacity and agility of various programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

The Open Society Foundations work 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.

As Open Society Foundations' only US field office, OSI-Baltimore works to disrupt the long-standing legacy of structural racism in Baltimore by supporting powerful social change movements led by and centering the needs, interests, and voices of historically marginalized communities and communities of color.  Our vision is the creation of a racially just and liberated Baltimore in which all residents have access to the supports and resources needed to actualize their highest potential, and race no longer serves as the single most powerful predictor of one's life outcomes, including health, wealth, and well-being. 

As a Program Operations Associate at Open Society you will:

  • Support program efforts by conducting a wide range of activities, including: supporting the individual and organizational grant making process; liaising with community partners and coalition members; supporting program development efforts; implementing campaigns; contributing to budget planning and monitoring; and planning and executing events.
  • Conduct research and collect data/information to be used in decision-making, strategy development, budget planning, and evaluation of grant making and other program processes.
  • Liaise with grantees and consultants and support Program Managers to facilitate the grant making and contracting process, including: proposal submission; grant and contract record creation; payments; initial review of reports; and liaising with OSF operational units. 
  • Provide administrative support for Program Managers, Deputy Director, and Director including meeting scheduling, preparation and planning, and team management support.
  • As needed and assigned, support initiatives, short-term campaigns, and projects that further the goals of Open Society - US, particularly the efforts of the Leadership + Innovation team. 

What we are looking for:

  • Two to three years of experience in administrative or programmatic support
  • Ability to work efficiently to meet tight deadlines and ability to adapt to shifting priorities
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, project management, interpersonal, and proactive problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with others verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and compelling manner
  • Interest in and commitment to social justice
  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, and social justice
  • Commitment to listening and working with humility and ways of working that are respectful to all people and that support space and voice for all diverse perspectives in our workplace

Desirable (but not required):

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, and project management software
  • Experience in a grant making or grant seeking organization
  • Experience in budget tracking and monitoring
  • Awareness of justice reform and community transformation efforts in Baltimore City and Maryland

What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and learning conversations with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perks designed 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

Please note, this position is not eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Open Society requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless an employee requires a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or for a sincerely held religious belief. If you may require an accommodation, please apply for any roles that interest you and if hired, you will receive information on how to request a reasonable accommodation related to Open Society’s vaccination requirement.

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.

Application instructions: 

Please submit your cover letter and CV online here.

Publish date: 
Position Location: 
Baltimore, Maryland
Type of Position: 
Experience Requirement: 
1-2 Years
Submitting Organization: 
Open Society Institute-Baltimore