We believe that the solutions to the national, regional, and global challenges we face demand the free exchange of ideas and thought, and that everyone should have a voice in shaping the policies that affect them.
We therefore work to build vibrant and inclusive societies, grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law, whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.
We do this by supporting a diverse array of independent voices and independent organizations around the world—the civil society that provides a creative and dynamic link between the governing and the governed.
We have a special focus on supporting those who face discrimination purely for who they are, such as Europe’s Roma people, and for those who find themselves pushed to the margins of mainstream society—such as drug users, prisoners, or sex workers.
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. George Soros opened his first international foundation in Hungary in 1984. Today, the Open Society Foundations support a vast array of projects in more than 120 countries, providing hundreds of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices.For more information about George Soros’s activities that are separate from the Open Society Foundations, visit georgesoros.com.
The good work done by the Open Society Foundations begins with our staff—a large and diverse team that is united in its passion for a freer, more equitable, and more democratic world. We know that our diversity is an integral part of who we are, what we believe, and the work we do.
Just as importantly, we are invested in our staff's career development and future. Alongside trainings on topics such as leadership, communications, Excel, grant making, financial analysis, field scanning, flexible funding, and organizational assessments, we offer tuition reimbursement for language courses and provide funding for off-site courses, seminars, and conferences.
Brown Bag Lunches: Offered nearly every week, brown bag lunch sessions provide opportunities for staff members to engage in discussions about a variety of issues with grantees and experts from the field
Contested Spaces: Open to employees at all levels who have been at Open Society for three or more years, this site-based learning and professional development initiative is designed to broaden intellectual and geographical horizons through a weeklong trip to an unfamiliar country or region.
Inclusion Liaison Teams: Volunteer groups—made up of colleagues of various levels, positions, and programs—that help foster a culture of inclusivity for our diverse workforce. They encourage and engage in conversations around diversity and inclusion challenges, and host events with the aim of improving inclusive work practices and appreciation for one another.
Affinity Groups: Employee-led groups centered on causes, interests, experiences, and backgrounds. These groups have created trusted, safe spaces for staff to discuss their experiences and the changes they would like to see in their workplace.
A commitment to inclusivity and diversity is a core value at The Open Society Foundations. It informs who we are in fundamental ways, and guides us in our:
What Makes an Inclusive Workplace
The Open Society Foundations strive to be a place where people of diverse backgrounds and multiple identities can bring their whole selves to their work, with confidence they will be treated with respect and valued for who they are.
Fundamentally, we want everyone who works at, or with, the Open Society Foundations to be confident and comfortable in thoughtfully voicing their opinions and concerns without fear of humiliation, persecution, or retaliation, regardless of position, place, or background.
Why This Is Important
We believe inclusion and diversity are basic building blocks of open societies. People build stronger bonds with each other when they treat each other inclusively – and respect a diversity of opinions and backgrounds.
This is also true in the workplace. We believe a diverse workplace is a strong, resilient workplace. In the end, our focus on diversity and inclusivity makes OSF a better place to work, even as it puts us in a stronger position to achieve our goals.
How We Measure Our Efforts
Just as we work hard to evaluate—and improve upon—our efforts to pursue social justice and inclusion in the field, we also work to follow through on our commitment to diversity in the workplace.
We are gathering data and regularly reporting on the composition of our staff by race and gender.
I have been working at Open Society Foundations full-time (More than 5 years)
Great mission, good people, potential to find excellent mentors, excellent benefits package, good pay. Family friendly.
If you want to do well, you will. Like most things in life, it's what you make of it.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Open Society Foundations (New York, NY) in October 2014.
Received an email approx a month after applying. Had a brief phone interview with 2 people, then came in probably a week later for an in person interview with 3 people. The interview was pretty friendly and focused on my previous experiences and why I was interested, what I wanted to get out of it. Generally there was no curveball questions- asked me what some problems in the program were, etc. FYI, in order to intern you have to prove you will get credit for it. Maybe a couple days after the interview they offered me the internship.
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