United States of America: Division Director – Welcoming and Integrated Societies

Organization: Open Society Foundations
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018

The International Migration Initiative’s work is organized around three sets of goals: improving protections for refugees and vulnerable migrants; mitigating the exploitation of migrant workers; and building stronger ties between host communities and newcomers. To achieve these goals, we make grants, advocate, create multi-stakeholder partnerships, and engage with actors across a broad range of sectors, including civil society, national and local governments, international organizations, faith groups, and the private sector.

IMI’s three program areas are:

· 21st Century Protection: Our goal is to renew support among states and publics in select countries for the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, by demonstrating how reforms and new operational models can improve upon and complement the existing system.

· Fair Work: Our strategy aims to improve government policies and business practices to ensure a fair deal for migrant workers; challenge the culture of impunity by expanding migrants’ access to legal remedies; and build a broader, more resilient field of civil society actors to elevate migrant voices and shape policymaking.

· Welcoming & Integrated Societies: We aim to deepen support for refugees and migration through welcoming initiatives that bridge natives and newcomers, and to use insights on public attitudes to inform policy and advocacy. We pay close attention to the concerns of host communities and aim to strengthen their role in integration.

· Advocacy & Special Initiatives: This work cuts across our substantive program areas, using advocacy, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and engagement with the private sector to advance our goals.

Job Profile

IMI’s newest program area focuses on building “Welcoming & Integrated Societies.” As initially conceived, this area emphasizes the need to address the concerns of host communities related to immigration and to strengthen their role in integration, especially by supporting novel efforts at the city level. Our strategy aims to deepen support for refugees and migration through welcoming initiatives that bridge natives and newcomers, and to use insights on public attitudes to inform policy and advocacy. It also is premised on attitudinal change over time that quells discrimination and abets progressive policies. A series of pilot projects and exploratory field investments will contribute to the development of a full strategy, including ongoing work with the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative and the Global Mayors Summit on Migrants and Refugees.

The Division Director will be responsible for developing the full strategy for this work, honing in on the specific objectives and the geographies in which our program will invest. She or he will have great latitude in designing the strategy, and also will lead in hiring a team of three for this program area. The position is based in New York.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include the following:

Program Strategy & Leadership

· Develop the full strategy for “Welcoming & Integrated Societies,” doing so in systematic consideration of IMI’s other program areas, as well as of related work being done by other OSF entities, and of how these might interconnect and reinforce each other;

· Build relationships with partners inside and outside of OSF, including in philanthropy and the private sector, that advance the program’s goals;

· Conceptualize and help manage high-impact and complex partnerships and coalitions.

Program Management

· Directly supervise the work of a program officer, a program specialist, and one support staff in areas including grant-making, coalition building, NGO strengthening, and policy/advocacy efforts;

· Coordinate strategic planning and evaluation processes, including consultation with staff, internal and external partners as needed;

· Establish and maintain linkages with partners within OSF and externally, including government representatives, international organizations, community groups, private sector actors, and international organizations;

· Actively participate in the IMI management team and represent IMI as required at meetings of the Open Society Foundations and international, regional, and national conferences;

· Coordinate conferences and expert consultations;

· Supervise provision of research and technical assistance.

· Grant-making & Program Implementation

· Oversee analysis of grant proposals, supporting documentation, grant reports, peer and expert review, organizational assessment and evaluation;

· Assist national and regional foundations in the Open Society Foundations network with development and implementation of work related to Welcoming & Integrated Societies;

· Identify and help manage international consultants to advance grant-making and program objectives;

Finance & Budget

Monitor financial allocations and general program expenditures of this program area.

· Track and ensure staff compliance with OSF finance guidelines, procedures, and reporting requirements;

Candidate Profile

· Advanced degree and 10-15 years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;

· Understanding of and experience in developing impactful integration strategies at the national, regional or global level;

· Developed networks with cities and municipalities that could be leveraged in the division’s work strongly preferred;

· Demonstrated management skills in not-for-profit organizations, foundations, the private sector, and/or government, particularly in complex organizations working internationally;

· Commitment to and experience in team development and leadership, including supervision and mentoring and supervision of diverse staff at different levels of experience, and in multiple locations;

· Aptitude to work with flexibility, creative thinking, non-traditional approaches, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy, both individually and as part of a team;

· Deep experience in the conception, design, and execution of policy and advocacy strategies, initiatives, and programs that persuade stakeholders to take action; demonstrated understanding of the role of communications in advocacy efforts;

· Proven track record of building trust-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders, working at the global and national level with policymakers, civil society, coalitions, and the media;

· Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;

· Demonstrated experience in staff, program and grant management; demonstrated expertise in handling personnel issues;

· Flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects;

· Professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent a global organization and interact with colleagues from diverse backgrounds;

· Excellent written and oral English skills required, with fluency in one additional language strongly preferred;

· Ability to undertake frequent travel.

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 accommodations so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

How to apply:

Application Deadline: January 19, 2018

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV as a single document. Apply through our website: https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/jobs/jr-0000836/division-director—welcoming-%26-integrated-societies