Part-time Administrative Assistant, Communications
Open Society Foundations (Open Society)
Location: New York (United States)
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Part-time Administrative Assistant, Communications. New York. Posting Date: 09/16/2020. Deadline: 09/27/2020

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your passion for digital communications? We’re seeking a New York-based part-time Communications Assistant, who has excellent writing and media monitoring skills, ability to turn around projects under tight deadlines, and handle general outreach inquiries. This is a part-time, 20 hours/week, fix-term position until April 2021

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 Communications team plays a central role in the work of the Open Society Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance critical program issues. Communications works to raise Open Society’s public profile by promoting the network’s many noteworthy achievements as well as responding to attacks from opponents of open society around the world. The department employs media outreach, digital, social media, publications, and internal communications to assist dozens of Open Society foundations and programs in their communications efforts.

As a Communications Assistant at Open Society, you will:

  • Monitor press and compile clips as assigned.
  • Build and maintain press lists.
  • Respond to general website inquires.
  • Coordinate and edit entries for reports and other publications as assigned.
  • Provide departmental support, including social media research, event production, processing payments and contracts, and copyediting content.
  • Assist with other communications projects and duties as necessary

What we are looking for:

  • One to two years of demonstrated experience working in communications with a focus on media monitoring.
  • Excellent English language writing, verbal, and editing abilities
  • Effective management of multiple projects in a fast-paced environment 
  • Commitment to Open Society values and desire to advance those in public communications work


  • Collaborative team experience
  • Event production
  • Commitment to advocacy work for civil society, and, in particular, for the work supported by Open Society Foundations

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.

See what a day in the life of a colleague at Open Society is like.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

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.

About Open Society

The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Open Society Foundations are active in more than 120 countries around the world. Our national and regional foundations and thematic programs give thousands of grants every year towards building inclusive and vibrant democracies. Our vision is a call for change—change in the way we think about others, and in the ways we work together.

Every year the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals that work on the issues we care about: promoting democracy, transparency, and freedom of speech.