Open Society Foundations

Politics, Administration and law
12 locations
founded 1984
500+ employees

The Open Society Foundations opened a new regional office in Berlin in 2018. Around 100 employees work there on local, regional and global issues relating to legal system reforms, basic health care and with European Roma communities.

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Our Benefits

Organizational Culture & Workplace

  • Innovative hierarchy and decision-making models
  • State-of-the-art IT equipment
  • Flexible workstations
  • break rooms / common rooms / creative rooms
  • Home Office
  • Individual interior design: e.g. through plants, pictures, etc.
  • Free drinks
  • Employee activities / team events
  • Roof terrace(s)
  • Good public transport connections
  • Enough parking spaces for bicycles

Health & Leisure

  • Spaces for relaxation and leisure activities
  • Employee activities/team events

Working Time & Remuneration

  • Company pension scheme
  • Extras: company phone/laptop
  • Fair remuneration
  • Flexible working time models
  • Additional vacation days

Further Training

  • Coaching / Continuing Education
  • Career advancement & development opportunities
  • Free course offers, e.g. language courses
  • Sabbatical
  • Regular feedback meetings

Our company culture says…

The impact made by the Open Society Foundations begins with our staff—a large and diverse team that is united in its passion for a freer, more equitable, and more democratic world. We know that our diversity is an integral part of who we are, what we believe, and the work we do.

Our Sustainability Goals

Transfering Knowledge

Durch Forschung, Lehre oder Medienarbeit fördern wir die Verbreitung von Informationen, Aufklärung und Wissen. Wir entwickeln Lösungen für aktuelle gesellschaftliche Problemstellungen, investieren in Bildung oder Wissenstransfer für zukünftige Generationen, um Kommunikation, Design und Technik an der Schnittstelle zu Mensch und Umwelt fortwährend zu optimieren.

Education and Information

We see our task in making information accessible to the masses and want to inform people about current situations in the world or draw their attention to possible courses of action.

Helping People

Menschen in ihrer aktuellen Situation zu helfen steht für uns an erster Stelle. Wir kümmern uns um Betroffene in Krisensituationen, unterstützen Kranken- oder Altenpflege sowie Nachbarschaftshilfe oder sehen die Stärkung eines gemeinsamen Verständnisses als essentielle Grundlage unseres Zusammenlebens.


We support people to be an equal part of our society, to take equal chances and want to live together and not side by side.

Contributing to a Fair Society

Gerechtigkeit und Fairness ist unser Anliegen - auf lokaler und globaler Ebene. Wir wollen jedem Menschen gleiche Chancen einräumen. Beginnen bei der Erziehung der Kleinen, fördern Inklusion oder Gleichstellung, bekämpfen Diskriminierung oder entwickeln Ideen und Maßnahmen, die langfristig zum positiven Wandel der Gesellschaft beitragen sollen. Wir engagieren uns für menschenfreundliche Arbeitsbedingungen entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette unserer Produkte.

Ethical Management

We bring the common good and the economy together. We pursue a socially acceptable way of doing business, in which the well-being of the people and not the economic profit is in the foreground.

Development Cooperation

We are committed to enabling people around the world to live self-determined lives without poverty, hunger and oppression and to creating fair conditions.


No matter what gender, skin colour or sexual orientation - we want to create equal and fair living conditions for all individuals.


Our vision is a society in which diversity represents normality and in which equal participation of all people is possible in all areas of life.

Good Governance

Public institutions define our social, economic and ecological rules. We work on making them transparent, fair and efficient.

What are we planning for the future?

We’re excited to move to our new office based in Gendarmenmarkt and create an office culture. We’ll continue our engagement and outreach efforts in Germany as we settle into the Berlin scene and continue to recruit colleagues.

What are we improving for our employees?

We invest in our staff. From offering a wide array of trainings on topics like leadership and grant making to a range of events including happy hours and trivia nights, we are dedicated to making sure that every person on our staff feels like a valued member of the Open Society team.

Our Application Process

Our typical recruitment process may vary slightly by position and is outlined below. The interview structure will give you the opportunity to meet with various team members and learn more about Open Society.  The process generally takes around 12 weeks from the date the position is posted. At times, the process may take longer and we appreciate your patience!

  • If you see a position that interests you, please apply via Workday.
  • All applications are reviewed after the posting deadline. If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the recruitment team for a preliminary phone interview.
  • If you are successful, you will interview with members of the program or department either in-person at our offices or via video conference.
  • The most promising candidates will be asked to complete an assessment that gauges the skills most relevant to the position.
  • The final interview typically involves other team members, and may involve staff from other departments.

Our Application Tips

We like to know about your motivation – why you want to work at OSF - and what makes you a good fit for the role you’re applying for.

Interviewers at the Open Society Foundations use a mix of behavioural and technical questions. Be specific and frame your answers in terms of achievements. Beyond listing duties of your job, explain strategies, provide statistics, and give anecdotal evidence. An interview is also your chance to evaluate OSF as a potential employer! We welcome any question you may have, be it about OSF culture, the direction of the organization or what employees enjoy most about working here.

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Your Contact for Applications

Recruitment team

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Eichhornstraße 3
12621 Berlin

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