New York


Job Description

The Strategy Unit shares a vision of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) as a thoughtful, self-reflective philanthropy unafraid to change with the world and address its most complex problems. To help get there, the Strategy Unit supports programme and foundation staff as they create and implement “living strategies” to signal plans, share new ideas and approaches, align actions, delegate authority, budget resources effectively, assess progress, and hold themselves accountable. We work to translate the knowledge, experiences and successes of our colleagues in the field into practical guidance. We create spaces to challenge assumptions and inspire fresh and different thinking. We also provide a range of strategic supports: supporting efficient collaboration at OSF, providing guidance new enterprises that can add strategic value to the field, offering research support, and providing expert assistance in advancing youth and arts in strategies.

The OSF Library, housed within the Strategy Unit, is an evolving knowledge management resource offering access to and curating both internal and external information. The Library serves as a resource to staff in all stages of their work: supporting them in staying current in their fields, continuing their education, and making informed decisions. This in turn better positions them to improve upon the development, implementation, and also assessment of their strategies. The Library is available to programs and foundations as they develop and update their strategies and prepare for ongoing portfolio reviews by providing research support and research skills training, as well as increasing awareness and encouraging the use of OSF’s existing internal knowledge.

Job Profile

The Head of Library Services is a full performance role of significant independence and responsibility which operates with a high degree of responsibility, accountability, and potentially, creativity.

The Head of Library Services is a service-oriented but strategic role that interfaces with staff across all OSF units, providing research support and research skills training across the strategy cycle, as well as maintaining awareness and use of internal knowledge assets. Placed within the Strategy Unit, (s)he also coordinates with colleagues supporting staff in developing and assessing their strategies and looks for new opportunities to coordinate and align services on an ongoing basis.

The Head of Library Services supervises an Associate Librarian and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the library including the management and maintenance of OSF’s suite of library resources. These services are available to all OSF projects, departments, staff, and Fellows across the globe. The ideal candidate will bring expertise in information and library science applied within a complex organisation, stellar people and project management skills, and an interest and appetite for creative communication and knowledge management.

The Head of Library Services is also responsible for problem-solving, either autonomously or collaboratively, and contributes to the overall integrity of the Library as well as the broader Strategy Unit.

The Head of Library Services may also supervise Interns, temporary staff, and any future new hires in the Library. Project management is common, and skills required include effective deployment of time, money, and human resources, intra-departmental coordination, effective communication, and collaborative problem-solving. This role relies on forging collegial relationships in the field of specialisation, both internally and externally.

Closing date: 26 January 2017

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.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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