Global Director, Advocacy

02 Jun, 2021


Global Director, Advocacy

Open Society Foundation
New York, NY/Washington, DC/Brussels, Belgium

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your knowledge of advocacy and campaigns? We’re seeking a Global Director, Advocacy based in Brussels, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, or Washington, D.C. to innovate and integrate our advocacy efforts with regional and global teams to advance our issues.

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.

Building on years of successful direct advocacy experience and support for advocacy by grantees, OSF is developing an integrated, coordinated approach to advocacy centered in a new global Advocacy Department.  This leadership role will be critical to the success of the department.

The new Advocacy Department integrates, coordinates, and catalyzes Open Society’s policy and advocacy priorities through campaigns and through network-wide collaboration, learning, and support. It works closely with Communications and both are connected through the leadership of the Vice President, Advocacy and Communications.

As Global Director, Advocacy at Open Society you will:

  • Serve as a leading external voice, thought leader, and representative of OSF Advocacy;

  • Build, lead, and develop a high performing, global team of policy and advocacy staff;

  • Lead strategy, development, and management of global campaigns, projects, and partnerships to support a range of Open Society advocacy priorities;

  • Collaborate closely with Communications and other internal and external partners and consultants to research, plan, implement, and evaluate the impact of advocacy activities;

  • Integrate network-wide advocacy efforts and foster effective collaboration;

  • Innovate Open Society’s approaches to campaigns and partnerships and improve monitoring and evaluation of these efforts.

What we are looking for:

  • Personal and professional alignment to the core mission and values of OSF and in excess of 15 years’ progressively responsible advocacy and campaign experience in an international organization;

  • Senior-level management experience, preferably with cross border teams with crisis experience;

  • Deep knowledge of how to create and execute successful global campaigns, and a strong understanding of key open society issues, including leading figures and thinking;

  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders, partners, interests, complex political and cultural factors, and management of long- and short-term goals;

  • A skilled people manager and project leader, the director is expected to effectively supervise and grow program staff members, including through thoughtful attention to individual performance reviews, professional development, and mentoring as required;

  • Commitment to continuous learning and growth in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism and social justice;

  • Commitment to listening and working with humility; 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):

  • Proven success at managing effective teams, successful campaigns, and advocacy efforts in high stakes and/or crisis situations;

  • Excellent English-language writing and editing ability, as well as verbal skills; additional languages preferred;

  • Willingness to undertake frequent travel (when COVID-19 related policy and restrictions allow).

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 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.

 See what a day in the life of an Open Society Colleague is like here.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter 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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Job posted: 2021-06-02