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Interim Communications Officer, US Programs, Policy and Advocacy

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Washington, DC, USAWashingtonDCUSA

The Communications Officer will help achieve the Foundation’s goals in US education by deploying sophisticated media relations and content creation skills. This role will work closely with Foundation leadership voices, grantees and partners and requires a high level of creativity and diplomacy.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Coordination and engagement with colleagues across the Foundation, specifically program partners in education, grantees, and other partners;
  • Coordination of communications priorities and activities, maintaining of communications calendar;
  • Collaboration with colleagues around communications campaigns and other key inflection points;
  • Creation of written and other materials for internal and external use;
  • Generation of creative ideas to amplify key themes and drive positive coverage of and progress toward Foundation priorities.
Educational Background: 
A Bachelor’s degree (required).

We are looking for a skilled communications professional with extensive experience and deep roots in the field. Specifically, the effective candidate will have:

  • 10+ years communications experience (non-profit, advocacy, or political communications preferred).
  • Deep understanding, experience and expertise in U.S. public education, including a sophisticated understanding of the multiple perspectives around issues at the state and national levels.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing complex projects involving multiple stakeholders, completing each in a timely manner with outstanding attention to detail.

Organization Info

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, United States
Annual Budget : 
More than $500M
About Us

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

We work with partner organizations worldwide to tackle critical problems in four program areas. Our Global Development Division works to help the world’s poorest people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Our Global Health Division aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. Our United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State. And our Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. Our approach to grantmaking in all four areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.

  1. Global Health
  2. Global Development
  3. United States
  4. Global Policy & Advocacy

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jan 11 2019
Active Until: 
Feb 11 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation