Associate Legal Officer

New York or Berlin
Competitive rates of pay apply
21 Nov 2018
21 Dec 2018
Full Time
Contract Type

The Open Society Foundations promotes vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to all rights holders.

The Justice Initiative, part of the Open Society Foundations, uses strategic litigation and other kinds of legal advocacy to defend and promote the rule of law, and to advance human rights. We employ litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance across a range of issues. We pursue accountability for international crimes, support criminal justice reforms, strengthen human rights institutions, combat discrimination and statelessness, challenge abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, defend civic space, foster freedom of information and expression, confront corruption and promote economic justice. In this work, we collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, and form part of a dynamic and progressive justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world. More information on the Justice Initiative and its activities can be found at

In the sphere of equality and inclusion, the Justice Initiative works to implement legal norms and transform public discourse on equality. The Justice challenges discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, class, gender, legal status, national origin and religion. Thematic areas of work include policing, education, employment, housing, migration, citizenship, and documentation of identity. We use community legal empowerment, research and data collection, advocacy, litigation, and strengthening civil society to obtain remedies for discrimination.

We are recruiting for an Associate Legal Officer to join our Equality and Inclusion team and be based out of New York or Berlin. The Associate Legal Officer will report to the Senior Managing Legal Officer for Equality and Inclusion.  

We are looking for a candidate with practical experience combining litigation, community engagement, policy advocacy and strategic communications, among other tools, to enforce legal norms and bring about substantive equality. The ALO will be part of a team of diverse, compassionate, and committed professionals with a common drive to think creatively about how to use law and legal remedies.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

For further information and to apply, please visit the employment page on our website. 

Closing date: Midnight New York time on 30 December 2018.

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

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