Director, Gender Equality

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Sep 23

Position description

All Lives Have Equal Value. We are impatient optimists working to reduce inequity.

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 low and middle-income 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.

The Global Growth & Opportunity (GGO) division works to catalyze sustainable transformative change in the face of inequities and market failures, to realize the potential of untapped markets, and to see the economic and social benefits of including everyone. In the countries where we work, women and girls face differential barriers to their health and development because of the ways that poverty and inequality are interconnected. Our Gender Equality (GE) strategy, approved in November 2017, is anchored around improving Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Reporting to the President of the GGO Division, our next Director, Gender Equality will primarily be responsible for driving the implementation of the GE strategy. This exciting and impactful role will provide leadership and overall management to the GE program strategy team. The Director will also have oversight of investment execution and portfolio management. Alongside these internal responsibilities, our Director, GE will represent the foundation and the GE team externally, leading the development of partnerships with both the public and private sectors.

As a collaborator and energizer, you will be a recognized leader in the gender equality field, ideally bringing expertise in women’s economic empowerment. You will have extensive people management experience, including a track record of leading diverse and dispersed teams in a matrixed and/or rapidly changing environment. We are also interested in candidates who bring proven skills in digital innovation.

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