The Senior Communications Officer will be a key member of the Philanthropic Partnerships team working in close coordination with External Communications to help advance the Philanthropic Partnerships team strategy through proactive and reactive engagement with media, partners, and other internal and external stakeholders.
Develop an overall communications plan for the Philanthropic Partnerships team and individual sub-teams, including an overall PPT team narrative
Craft key messages, Q&As, press releases, fact sheets, and other external-facing materials
Lead communications for the Giving Pledge and Gates Philanthropy Partners, including:
Public announcements and website language
Reviewing/supporting external collateral development
Key messages and talking points, with regional variations as appropriate
Risk management and media monitoring
Create plans for engaging key partners to support PPT strategy and handle agency support for the team’s work
Manage programmatic grants aligned with PPT’s vision and goals, as appropriate
Respond to media requests, which may involve leadership briefs, and coordinating and staffing leadership interviews.
Partner with PPT leads and the Campaigns team on relevant projects as relates to philanthropy broadly, e.g. Red Nose Day, Giving Tuesday, Goalkeepers, etc.
Build relationships with media and track opportunities for engagement on the team’s priority issues, all while closely coordinating with the central Media Relations team
Support PPT’s work globally including in the US, India, China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia –working in close coordination with the foundation’s regional communications teams
Coordinate with relevant partners across the foundation and private offices on the use of leadership voice on issues in philanthropy
Track and advise on trends in philanthropy globally (and in particularly, our priority geographies), and advise on where to include PPT team perspectives where relevant/appropriate
Handle grantee inquiries and press release reviews
Manage day-to-day media requests, liaising with colleagues across the foundation to ensure we respond quickly and thoughtfully to inquiries
Lead proactive responses to breaking news as appropriate, ensuring our voice and/or our partners’ voices are used appropriately.
Regularly liaise with the foundation's Measurement & Insights team to track and evaluate the public dialogue on philanthropy and to evaluate the impact of external media tactics.
Serve as a key member of the Philanthropic Partnerships Leadership 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
S/he will be a sharp, effective, and media-savvy communications professional, with experience developing and implementing communications strategies, and working closely with media on behalf of large or complex organizations. S/he will be digitally-minded with experience with new media and social media strategy. S/he should have a strong sense of curiosity, excellent judgement, and willingness to collaborate across teams. Some global experience is preferred. Additional qualifications include:
A deep understanding of and interest in the changing media landscape, including print, broadcast, and digital media
Experience with communications strategy development, including audience segmentation and targeting, partner engagement, understanding of brand parameters and nuance, media tracking and measurement
Ability to represent the foundation confidently when engaging with media
Experience working with executives and guiding their external communications
Understanding of the philanthropic sector preferred
Interest in communications trends and knowledge of new channels and tools
Ability to synthesize information and express complex concepts in a clear and compelling manner, including the ability to translate technical program language into engaging communications messages
Curiosity and willingness to always be learning
Preference for international experience and demonstrated cultural competency
Willingness to take on new challenges and situations
Flexible, “roll up your sleeves” attitude
Excellent judgement; seeks support and asks questions when confronted with an obstacle
Exceptional writing and editing skills
Shown ability to deliver high-quality work in a dynamic environment; ability to switch gears quickly from one project to the next
Standout colleague with sense of humor and humility
Real passion for the foundation’s mission
Reports to: Director, Philanthropic Partnerships
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree with 7 years of senior level meaningful experience
Experience in communications, journalism, public policy, or a related field
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:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and wellness of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.