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Deputy Director, Federal Government Relations

Washington, D.C., USAWashingtonD.C.USA

The North America Team develops and executes policy, advocacy, communications and government relations strategies to build political support and advance domestic and global programmatic priorities that are funded by, or executed within, the United States, Canada, and the United Nations. Maintain relationships with decision makers, influencers, and national coalitions at the federal level in the U.S. and Canada, and within the UN, in support priorities. This role will also guide the team in the management of portfolios of foundation investments (grants and contracts). As part of this responsibility, this role will handle relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation's desired impact, provide project briefings and updates to foundation leadership.

Areas of Responsibility: 
  • Guide team members in the management of portfolios of foundation investments (grants and contracts) and work with external partners to drive progress in support of decision maker engagement in the U.S. federal government, Canada and the UN.
  • Facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets, develop, modify and implement strategy under the leadership of the Director.
  • Leads the day-to-day management of the foundation’s government relations efforts, including executing engagement strategies in the U.S., Canada and UN.
  • Maintains relationships with federal decision makers core to the foundation’s global and domestic issues in the U.S., Canada.
  • Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.
  • Accountable for the identification and assessment of key portfolio risks, and the development and management of mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.
  • Advise, mentor, and support colleagues within the foundation and their grantees in the design, improvement, and execution of projects, initiatives and engagements. Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.
  • This role may lead people and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, building goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing mentorship, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
Educational Background: 
Advanced degree with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.
  • Shown ability to lead and influence others. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of international development and U.S. education policy issues at the federal level. 
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Experience in a role requiring teamwork in a complex organization and working with external organizations.
Job Function: 

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: 
Jul 18 2019
Active Until: 
Aug 17 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation