Program Coordinator

Open society foundations, Baltimore, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st May, 2015

Job Description

Essential responsibilities include the following:

  • maintaining familiarity with the programs’ goals and objectives as well as with the work of related grantees, key organizations and public agencies
  • being a thought partner and assisting the program directors in the development and implementation of strategic plans and grant-making priorities
  • representing OSI-Baltimore and the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Drug Addiction Treatment programs at various meetings with grantees, coalitions, governmental representatives, and community groups; synthesizing proceedings; and reporting back to the directors
  • speaking publicly about and on behalf of the programs when requested
  • drafting internal documents, including grant recommendations and summaries, draft scopes of work for contracts, correspondence, meeting agendas and other materials
  • drafting articles and opinion pieces for various types of media, including local news publications, organizational newsletters, and internal and external blogs
  • conducting research on issues, organizations and other matters using web tools and other research methods and compiling findings into concise, relevant reports and issue briefs
  • assisting programs with special projects, management of grant portfolios and ongoing programmatic needs
  • working with the program associate, as needed, to assist with logistics, materials, and other aspects of publications and meetings
  • monitoring grants through review of narrative and financial reports and other communication with grantees
  • coordinating with the OSI-Baltimore development and communications units to share information about program priorities and strategies, the activities and impact of grantees, and initiatives under development
  • participating actively in OSI-Baltimore and other staff meetings, including task forces occasionally organized by U.S. Programs staff in New York and in planning meetings to strategize and critique program initiatives
  • performing other tasks as requested by the program directors, the OSI-Baltimore director, and the OSI-Baltimore deputy director


  • college degree (BA or BS) in a relevant field of study; master’s degree preferred
  • three to five years of relevant work experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • nonprofit or philanthropic experience preferred
  • demonstrated interest in and commitment to racial, social justice, and human rights issues, particularly related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug addiction treatment
  • excellent writing, proofreading, and editorial skills
  • ability to conduct policy research; ability to conduct legal research a plus
  • excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • ability to manage several projects simultaneously, prioritize tasks and to set and meet goals, often under short deadlines and without compromising attention to details
  • high level of self-motivation, at ease working independently, and proven ability to work efficiently under pressure and in a fast-paced environment
  • excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with internet research
  • excellent listening and communication skills, including ability to speak publicly, and  sensitivity to cultural communication differences
  • ability to use discretion and handle confidential issues
  • pleasant, diplomatic manner in interacting with senior management, co-workers, and the general public and commitment to working as a member of a diverse team

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