Senior Policy Analyst
Open Society Foundations - Washington, DC

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The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The 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, judicial independence, government transparency, and criminal justice reform. The office houses the Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), a separately incorporated entity created under Section 501(c)(4) of the IRS Code, which has the legal capacity to take positions and lobby on legislation but which does not engage in any electoral activities.

Purpose of Position
The Open Society Foundations’ Washington Office seeks a senior policy analyst to work on public health and drug policy, including funding for health in developing countries, rights-based healthcare for marginalized populations, access to medicines in developing countries, harm reduction services and treatment for addiction in the United States and abroad, and the U.S. role in international drug policy. The senior policy analyst will be the Washington Office’s expert on these issues and will advocate for open society principles in these areas, work with or create coalitions to develop and implement advocacy strategies, produce briefing materials and reports, engage with the media and be a liaison with other offices within OSF working on these issues. Because the Open Society Foundations work on a wide variety of human rights issues, the senior policy analyst may also be assigned to work on additional issues or be called upon to engage on developing opportunities as assigned. Work is carried out independently.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Analyze U.S. Government policy on issues of public health and drug policy;
  • Develop strategies and materials to move U.S. government policy on related issues through effective public advocacy and discussions with key decision-makers;
  • Work closely with representatives of other organizations and OSF grantees to help build effective coalitions on related matters;
  • Represent OSF in meetings with the Executive branch, Congress, and other nonprofit organizations;
  • Create a range of documents, including articles, issue briefs, reports, memoranda, OpEds, blog posts, and other written and electronic content on related issues;
  • Work with communications staff on media strategies and outreach on related issues;
  • Develop close working relationships with staff members of other OSF offices who work on related issues, including staff of the Public Health Program and U.S. Programs;
  • Travel is required;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education / Experience
  • Experience in related policy fields;
  • Extensive knowledge of one or more substantive areas including public health, development, human rights, drug policy, and U.S. government policies in those areas;
  • Excellent knowledge of the U.S. political process and experience working with Congress, the State Department, USAID, and relevant agencies.

Skills Required
  • Excellent communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate findings and positions, both orally and in writing;
  • Strong advocacy skills and strategic judgment;
  • Substantial background in developing and implementing advocacy strategies;
  • Excellent research skills, including the ability to find, analyze, synthesize, and report information;
  • Strong self-initiative and the ability to set and meet goals;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a range of tasks;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability to build effective and cohesive teams;
  • Maintain relationships with other senior staff and their teams;
  • Proven leadership qualities with delivering superior results;
  • Expert in identifying and resolving complex issues;
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters;
  • Extraordinary initiative, creative thinker, and strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to connect a variety of issues to broader trends and new paradigms;
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative and strategic priorities;
  • Proven commitment to the Open Society Foundations mission.

Program Specific Requirements
  • Substantial practical experience in the field;
  • Advocacy work experience in Washington.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation
Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: humanresources@opensocietyfoundations.org .