Competitive salary + excellent benefits | Berlin

We are seeking a Human Resources Labour Relations & Project Management Officer to oversee the day-to-day management of the relationship between Open Society and its employee representatives in Berlin. This role will in addition be responsible for designing and executing HR projects in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work 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 Human Resources (HR) team, comprised of 60+ members, sits in our Berlin, London, New York and Washington D.C. offices but supports OSF staff across the global network of foundations, in over 40 countries. The team is comprised of generalists spanning the North America, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, South West Asia, and Asia Pacific regions, as well as HR specialists comprised of Talent Development, Human Resources Information System (HRIS), Compensation & Benefits, Diversity and Inclusion, and Recruitment.

As the Human Resources Labour Relations & Project Management Officer at Open Society, you will:

  • Lead and support independently HR projects under co-determination rights such as health management or software implementation;
  • Facilitate negotiations of entity agreements in alignment with the Senior Legal Counsel and Head of HR;
  • Design information and communications for and with employee representatives according to the strategy;
  • Provide analysis, evaluation and implementation of collective issues and any topics in connection with HR projects;
  • Prepare, participate and monitor regular appointments with committees of employee representatives as well as independent reporting and coordination of the action items and tasks;
  • Draft works council agreements and policies in German and English;
  • Maintain and co-develop databases and information formats for employee representatives;
  • Support hands-on HR management tasks such as issuing contracts and use HR systems in the daily business.

What we are looking for:

  • Five to seven years of relevant experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Deep knowledge and experience in the participation and special rights of employee representatives from the Works Constitution Act;
  • Strong demonstrated knowledge of employment law;
  • Excellent command in German and English, both written and verbally;
  • Proven track record of project management skills, with the ability to develop plans and meet deliverables on multiple concurrent projects;
  • Experience in building health management is a plus;
  • Excellent usage of Excel and power point;
  • Commitment to the Open Society Foundation’s values of diversity and inclusion;
  • Strong understanding of cultural differences and the proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds within a complex organisation.

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.

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.

Closing date: 11 October 2020.

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.