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Associate Director, Fiscal Justice

The Associate Director for Fiscal Justice works in the Equity Pillar of Global Programs. This pillar works to promote fiscal justice and safeguard essential public services, to advance corporate accountability and worker rights, to promote refugee protection and to ensure just drug policy.

As an Associate Director for Fiscal Justice at Open Society you will:

  • Develop and execute strategies that advance fiscal justice, safeguard essential public services, and promote green, inclusive, and equitable economic policies.
  • Implement strategy using multiple tools and make decisions within an approved budget related to providing grant support to civil society organizations.
  • Build key internal and external partnerships, including with government, multilateral and private sector actors, and leverage tools and expertise from across the network to advance shared goals and advocacy strategies around economic justice.

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What we are looking for:

  • 7-10 years of experience in a field connected to the advancement of economic rights and justice.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience working on issues relating to economic inequality, tax policy, public budgets, debt, development financing and/or social and economic inclusion issues.
  • Experience working in or in partnership with governments in the Global South and/or multilateral organizations on issues of economic development and economic justice.
  • Practical experience using multiple tools to effect change, including grant-making, campaigning, coalition-building, NGO strengthening, and policy research.
  • Experience developing and refining strategic directions including involvement in dialogue to refine concepts, development of supporting data, and identifying and resolving potential conflicts, obstacles, political concerns, etc.
  • 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):

  • Strong networks within international financial institutions.
  • Fluency in additional languages besides English.

Program Manager, Fiscal Justice

The Program Manager for Fiscal Justice works in the Equity Pillar of Global Programs. This pillar works to promote fiscal justice and safeguard essential public services, to advance corporate accountability and worker rights, to promote refugee protection and to ensure just drug policy. https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/who-we-are/programs

As a Program Manager for Fiscal Justice at Open Society you will:

  • Conceive, design and manage cross-department, cross-program or similarly complex projects that advance fiscal justice, safeguard essential public services, and promote green, inclusive, and equitable economic policies.
  • Play a lead role in constructing, managing and assessing grant making portfolios on fiscal justice, sharing responsibility for portfolio strategy design.
  • Maintain primary relationship with grantees and with internal and external partners to advance shared goals and advocacy strategies around economic justice.
  • Use a variety of tools, such as advocacy, communications, grant-making, strategic litigation and research, to advance agendas around economic and fiscal justice.

What We Are Looking For

  • 5-7 years of experience in a field connected to the advancement of economic rights and justice.
  • Deep knowledge of and experience, including strong networks with civil society organizations, working on at least one of the following issues: economic inequality, tax policy, public budgets, debt, development financing and/or social and economic inclusion issues.
  • Practical experience using multiple tools to effect change, including grant-making, campaigning, coalition-building, NGO strengthening, and policy research.
  • 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.
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Desirable (but Not Required)

  • Strong networks and experience working in the Global South.
  • Experience working in or with multilateral organizations and international financial institutions, governments and academic networks.
  • Fluency in additional languages besides English.

Program Manager, Corporate Accountability and Worker Rights

The Program Manager works in the Equity Pillar of Global Programs in the Corporate Accountability & Worker Rights team. The team works at global and transnational levels to advance corporate accountability from the top down by governments, and from the bottom up by civil society and worker organizations. This includes work to strengthen regulations, to use levers in financial systems and capital markets to tackle the abuse of corporate power, and to strengthen the capacity of the most vulnerable workers to defend their rights.

As a Program Manager At Open Society You Will

  • Provide a strategic vision to guide programming advancing corporate accountability on labor and environmental issues, including collaborating with other OSF programs on shared strategies, issues, and joint initiatives.
  • Manage, monitor and coordinate a grants portfolio, including identifying new partners, working with prospective partners to develop proposals, reviewing progress and assessing impact.
  • Support coalitions of actors capable of delivering systemic change, facilitate dialogue within the wider field, and identify ways to build resilience among civil society partners.
  • Build collaborative relationships with partners inside and outside of OSF, including among funders, government and the private sector.
  • Inform the Equity team and OSF’s wider thinking and programming pertaining to corporate accountability, including by proactively tracking developments in the field, analysing and sharing new and relevant insights with colleagues.
  • Represent the foundation and its work in key venues through participation in relevant meetings, public speaking, writing, speeches, briefings, blog posts, and interviews, and take part in funder affinity groups and collaboratives.

What We Are Looking For

  • At least ten years of experience in, and nuanced understanding of issues, debates and actors in the field of corporate accountability and business and human rights. This includes campaign, policy and movement-building strategies to shift business practice, and to shape and secure laws and regulatory tools to ensure decent work in global supply chains and a transition to a just and sustainable future. Knowledge of capital strategies, or strategies to drive change by corporations on specific social outcomes through investor action and/or levers in capital markets, would be an added advantage.
  • Ability to articulate a deep understanding of and provide a strategic vision for systemic change based on experience and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience as a connector and convener across sectors, including among practitioners, government officials, academics, private sector representatives, and civil society representatives. Openness and curiosity about new approaches and different points of view.
  • Direct experience and knowledge of work on corporate accountability in one or more key regions including Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America or the Arab region/West Asia would be an advantage.
  • Ability to be a flexible, collaborative, team-oriented member of a community, and to respect differences while working constructively toward shared goals.
  • Experience delivering complex programmes in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Ability to undertake some travel for work to meet with partners, attend conferences, team retreats and meetings.
  • 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)

  • Understanding or interest in issues at the intersection of inequality and climate change would be an advantage.
  • Experience with budget management, grant management and/or the delivery of complex programmes.
  • Fluency in additional languages besides English.

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