Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Director (Program Advocacy and Communications - Global Growth and Opportunity)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job Description

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we believe that by creating an environment for our employees to personally and professionally thrive, we will have maximum impact toward our missions to achieve our vision. To learn more about our vision and missions, please visit our website at To learn more about career opportunities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, please visit our Careers site at Group Summary The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with other teams in the Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) division and the Program Strategy Teams (PSTs) to achieve policy and finance goals by:
  • Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies

  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies

  • Developing and managing grant portfolios dedicated to achieving issue-specific policy and financing outcomes

  • Directly advocating with sector leaders, government officials, influencers, and media

  • Leading issue-specific communications

  • Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with PSTs and regional offices

Leadership & Culture Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy. We expect foundation leadership to demonstrate our leadership principles and management expectations. As a people leader, you are responsible for:
  • Creating a culture for impact by shaping an environment where your team thrives, and their unique perspectives and identities are valued

  • Strategy development, refinement and management to ensure your team goals align with overall foundation strategies

  • Nurturing people and building great teams by prioritizing collective success, team development, setting expectations and assessing performance

Position Summary Serve as a foundation leader and provide strategic leadership for a team developing and implementing policy, advocacy and communications strategies for the Global Growth and Opportunity (GGO) division, focusing on Agriculture, Nutrition, Financial Services for the Poor, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Work across the foundation with the PSTs in the GGO division and the Africa and India country offices to mobilize resources from public, private and multilateral sources, support the development and implementation of effective policies, and foster public and political commitment necessary to achieve the foundation’s program goals on Agriculture, Financial Services for the Poor, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Contribute to the advancement of the foundation’s mission and impact by leading a strong team and fostering an environment of optimism, collaboration, rigor and innovation. This role will partner with the PAC Director – Health to co-lead the overall PAC team in the GPA division. Core Responsibilities
  • Work with a strong team of PAC deputy directors and program officers to develop and implement PAC strategies that encompass a breadth of advocacy approaches (resource mobilization, policy Analysis, communications, coalition building…) to maximize global impact on agriculture, financial services for the poor, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

  • Provide support to the Tobacco portfolio, managed by a PAC Deputy Director.

  • Collaborate with the GGO division president and PST directors to strategically align on advocacy priorities.

  • Enable partnerships with the public and private sectors to improve impact through policy, advocacy and communications.

  • Ensure support and partnership across foundation teams to accomplish the GGO advocacy and policy goals.

  • Use the foundation’s position to build and deepen partnerships with governments and partners in donor and low and middle-income countries to advance program goals.

  • Connect with GPA division and GGO program staff about opportunities and progress with critical partnerships; develop reports, reviews and summaries for key partners, including division President, CEO and Co-chairs.

  • Serve as the GPA representative on the GGO leadership team.

  • In addition to engagement with teams in the GGO division, provide advocacy guidance to the Global Education team and serve as a partner to the Gender Equality team.

  • Be a critical thought partner and provide functional expertise to program teams on investments.

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Senior Leadership to ensure overall success of the vision.

  • Co-lead PAC portfolio and strategy reviews that reflect progress or refinements to strategic engagements. This role is accountable for the quality of the GGO PAC strategies and the execution of its strategic outcomes.

  • Lead the PAC Health team by ensuring a strong, engaged, diverse and inclusive team culture to achieve the organization goals in support of the foundation mission and priorities

  • This role will manage leaders and individual contributors and will be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful onboarding, communication of performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and Change Management, giving and seeking feedback, providing mentorship, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievements and lessons learned.

Position Reports to: President, Global Policy & Advocacy Core Knowledge and Skills
  • Strategy development and execution: guide implementation, delivery, and impact measurement of PAC strategies on Agriculture, Financial Services for the Poor, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Lead execution of strategy, annual updates and future strategy development.

  • Advocacy and influencing: resource mobilization, policy analysis, communications, coalition building and partnership development with diverse constituencies, including policymakers in donor and low and middle-income countries, civil society, academia, and multilateral agencies/Development Banks.

  • Knowledge of international development principles and processes, with ability to navigate sophisticated environments.

  • Demonstrate excellent leadership, intellectual quickness, creativity, curiosity, discipline and resourcefulness.

  • Ability to build a strong team culture and effectively encourage and direct staff (including cross-functional teams): professional development, portfolio management, prioritization, and personnel management.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communication with a broad audience representing diverse cultures.

Education and Experience
  • Experience working with the public sector, especially governments in low and middle-income countries, and/or the private sector.

  • Experience working on policy/financing issues for agriculture, financial services or water and sanitation.

  • Advanced degree preferred in public policy, international relations, international development or a related field with progressive senior level experience leading policy and financing initiatives in Global Development (preferably with a mix of service in either the public, non-profit or private sectors).

  • At least 15+ years of demonstrated ability to include leadership roles, or equivalent senior level experience.

Willingness to travel up to 25-30%. *Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
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