Director, North America Government Relations

02 Jul, 2019


Director, North America Government Relations

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Washington, DC

Position Summary

Serve as a foundation leader on the North America Team, which is charged with developing and executing 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. The Director, North America Government Relations develops and executes government relations strategies that mobilize the resources, political commitment, and public commitment necessary to achieving the foundation’s program goals in the U.S., Canada and the UN. Contribute to the advancement of the foundation’s mission and impact by building an environment of optimism, collaboration, rigor and innovation.

Core Responsibilities

  • Under the guidance of the Director, North America Team, develop and implement government relations strategies to advance foundation priorities in focus states within the US, the US federal government, the Canadian Government and the United Nations.
  • Manage work focused on government relations at the state and local and federal levels, tasked with advancing our domestic and global priorities among key policy and decision makers across North America.
  • Collaborate with programmatic, regional and policy/advocacy Directors and leadership for other parts of the foundation to strategically align on priorities and provide critical access and leverage within government or decision-making systems in the U.S., Canada and UN.
  • Identify trends and opportunities for engagement on foundation issues in place
  • Allocates funding across sub teams, drives accountability for meeting funding expectations, and reports progress against investment goals to Director.
  • Under the guidance of the North America Director, work with the Director – U.S. Program Policy, Advocacy and Communications to identify priority U.S. Program (USP) issues and align strategies for execution
  • Coordinate with Donor Government Relations to align on tactics and broader political trends around the world
  • Communicate with division and program staff about opportunities and progress with critical partnerships, may develop reports, reviews and summaries for key partners, division President, CEO and Co-chairs.
  • This role may lead people and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful onboarding, communication 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 achievements and lessons learned.
  • Be a critical thought partner, provide functional expertise to program teams on investments.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with senior leadership to ensure overall success of the vision.

Reports to: Director, North America Team

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to effectively inspire and direct staff (including cross-functional teams): professional development, recruitment, termination, time management and portfolio management.
  • Strategy development and execution: guide implementation, delivery, and impact measurement of approved strategic objectives. Lead execution of strategy, annual updates and future strategy development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communication with a broad audience representing diverse cultures.
  • Knowledge of U.S. Education and Pathways to Employment policy, landscape, principles and processes, with ability to navigate complex environments.
  • Demonstrate excellent leadership, intellectual quickness, creativity, curiosity, discipline and resourcefulness.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree with 15+ years of experience, or equivalent experience

* Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

**Please note the application deadline is July 3 COB.

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.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

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Job posted: 2019-07-02