Advocacy Officer - Economic Justice Program

Open Society Foundations | Flexible, New York or Washington, D.C.


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.

Job Summary

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 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.


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 6-8 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 are a plus
  • Government and/or private sector experience desirable, but not required.


Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits

We off ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts. We also offer top-notch benefits and perks designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit our website.

Closing date: 26 January 2020.

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.

Open Society Foundations


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