Friday, June 2, 2017

Policy Associate with the Open Society Foundations Position for Recent Grad

The Open Society Foundations currently seeks a Policy Associate for the Advocacy Program of the Washington DC office. The OSF Washington Office conducts direct advocacy on a broad range of international and domestic issues, including human rights, civil liberties, drug policy, minority rights, public health, education, immigration, government transparency and criminal justice reform. 
Candidate Profile:
The Policy Associate provides administrative and programmatic support to senior staff such as the Washington Advocacy Program Deputy Director, who manages the domestic advocacy portfolio and the Advocacy Director for Voting Rights and Democracy, who works on voting rights, media, transparency and campaign reform. The Policy Associate should have an understanding of and experience with the policy-making process.  They should have a strong eye to detail and an ability to work in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
  • Assists policy advisors and directors in planning and implementing programmatic and administrative work;
  • Processes  payment requests, reconciles reimbursable expenses, and prepares AMEX statements for timely payment;
  • Provides meetings and logistical support (e.g., scheduling meetings, ensuring meeting conference room and  equipment are available, and taking and/or distributing meeting minutes);
  • Provides general administrative support (e.g., copying, filing, managing databases, performing relevant record-keeping, making travel arrangements, covering the front desk and assisting with office-wide administrative tasks)
  • Drafts/edits routine correspondence and memoranda;
  • Conducts research and analysis of legislative and policy issues and track media reports on relevant issues;
  • Attends hearings, briefings, meetings (including strategy meetings), and conferences and prepares summaries;
  • Assists with drafting testimony, letters and other advocacy materials such as issue briefs, fact sheets and reports;
  • Contributes to the vetting of grants and grantees;
  • Assists with preparing annual budget submissions; 
Candidate Profile
  • Bachelor’s degree and one to three years of relevant experience or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience working for an advocacy organization, NGO or branch of government;
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in civil rights, voting and/or media policy preferred;
  • Familiarity with legislative processes preferred;  
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office;
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through on tasks;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Excellent listening skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Ability to be discrete and handle confidential issues;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work proactively and independently when necessary;
  • Ability to troubleshoot and work well under pressure;
  • Willingness and ability to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects and to prioritize tasks;
  • Professionalism in interacting with colleagues and the general public.
To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter here.