The Open Society Foundations’ Latin America Program (LAP) addresses rights and governance issues in Latin America and the Caribbean primarily through grant making, network-building, and the development of specific initiatives. We focus on supporting Latin American and Caribbean efforts to reform democratic institutions in ways that make them more open and responsive to citizens, strengthening respect for human rights, and reducing homicides in a region with extremely high levels of violence. We are committed to advancing government accountability and transparency, public access to information, citizen security, and drug policy reform, primarily through grant making to civil society actors in these fields. Latin America Program staff are located in OSF offices in Bogotá, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, and Washington DC. 

The LAP Operations Division contributes to the Latin America Program strategy by designing and implementing systems and processes that advance LAP’s programmatic effectiveness. The overall LAP team’s way of working, and our size and distribution among five different offices require that we rely on efficient and clear systems, which need adjustments from time to time to account for changes in our internal or external context. The Operations team seeks opportunities to drive improvements and innovations that address issues relevant to the Latin America Program and that have potential implications for the wider OSF network. While enabling the Latin America Program and team to operate with agility, we also contribute to improving operations management within the broader organization by developing relationships and maintaining communication and collaboration with other OSF departments and programs. To manage this work well, the division team develops and maintains a healthy organizational culture that prioritizes teamwork, mutual support, staff development, reflection and learning in order to keep improving the way we work, with accountability at all levels.

Job Profile

The Associate Director for Operations is a supervisory position that is the lynchpin administrative and operational role in a dynamic and bilingual team. The Associate Director is a newly designed position to meet the needs of an evolving team structure and reports to the Division Director for Operations and the integrative role. 

Under the strategic direction of the Division Director, the Associate Director for Operations is responsible for implementing and monitoring administrative and operational systems and processes for the overall program, and for helping to develop, evaluate and improve those systems and processes. This includes supervising and coordinating among a small team of operations and administration professionals, including the administrators of three LAP regional offices.

Areas of responsibility include budgeting and budget monitoring; overseeing and coordinating regional office administration and operations management; program administration; and logistics planning for Advisory Board meetings and team retreats. The successful candidate will be a hands-on problem-solver and an experienced manager who will lead and develop an internal team to meet the operational needs of the Latin America Program. We are looking for a highly organized person who is creative, adaptive, an exceptional communicator, and has aptitude for and experience in managing projects and people. This is an excellent opportunity for a manager and administrative professional committed to putting their skills and experience to use within a program working to strengthen human rights and democratic governance in Latin America. 

For further information and to apply, please visit the employment page on the Open Society Foundations’ website.  

Closing date: 14 April 2019.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.