Advocacy Officer, Economic Justice Program

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Advocacy Officer, Economic Justice Program. New York. Posting Date: 01/06/2020. Deadline: 01/26/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your advocacy experience in civil society?  We’re seeking an Advocacy Officer based in Washington D.C. or New York to develop and implement advocacy strategies and tactics on a broad range of economic justice issues.

The Open Society Foundations works 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.

The Economic Justice Program works globally to promote economic systems and practices that build more equitable, sustainable, and democratic societies. We work to bend the exercise of economic power towards social justice and have two overarching goals: (1) enhancing the capacity and agency of economically marginalized populations (2) increasing openness and equity in the economic and business systems in which they live and work, for more information click here.

As an Advocacy Officer at Open Society you will:

  • Work with the Advocacy Director to formulate a programmatic advocacy strategy that complements EJP’s programmatic strategy
  • Undertake direct advocacy, mostly to governments in the Global North, private sector targets, and the investment community
  • Act as a resource for EJP grant-makers in their grant-making work that involves advocacy
  • Liaise with other OSF programs, including the President’s office, on organization wide advocacy efforts
  • Conduct research and analysis for use in advocacy materials
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with civil society partners, government, academics, journalists, and other key stakeholders

What we are looking for:

  • At least six to eight years’ direct advocacy experience in civil society (NGO, labor union, etc.)
  • Experience working on at least one of EJP’s areas of focus (climate justice, fiscal justice, corporate power, or worker’s rights) highly preferred
  • Exceptional advocacy skills: analysis, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, strong execution
  • Demonstrated record of accomplishment in seizing and capitalizing on advocacy opportunities
  • Superlative written and oral communication skills, with cultural communication differences proven ability to develop strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts
  • Fluency (oral and written) in English required. Additional languages a plus.

Desirable (but not required):

  • Government and/or private sector experience desirable;

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.

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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