Senior Program Officer, US Programs Job
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Seattle, WA

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Division US Program Department Education - College Ready Location Seattle Foundation Overview 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, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Group Summary The foundation's U.S. Program works with a range of partners toward greater opportunity for all Americans largely through the attainment of secondary and postsecondary education. By making college and other forms of education both accessible to and successful for all, we hope to help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty that prevents families and communities from opportunities to reach their full potential. The U.S. Program works to advance:
  • College Readiness and Success. Education is the broadest avenue to opportunity and the most influential factor in ensuring that children will grow up to do as well or better than their parents. Today, a postsecondary education is the most important requirement for jobs that pay a family wage. Our goal is to ensure that 80 percent of students will graduate from high school prepared for college, with a focus on low-income and minority students reaching this target, and to double the number of low-income young adults who earn postsecondary degrees or certificates by age 26 each year.
  • Strong Communities in the Pacific Northwest. As a family foundation, we are committed to strengthening our communities and providing new avenues of opportunity for those most in need in Washington State, the foundation's home. Our main goal in the state is to help all children begin kindergarten ready to succeed and cut family homelessness in half over the next decade.
Responsibilities Strategically develop and manage a portfolio of complex grants and relationships that advance the College Ready team's understanding of international best practices requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring, and evaluation. Develop partnerships with international l organizations with similar objectives to align interest and add momentum to portfolio strategies. Focus of portfolio is to ensuring all students have the education they need to succeed in college, career, and life by learning from and sharing best practices, tools, and innovations from around the world to the benefit of U.S. students.
  • Develop, manage and implement project strategies on international learning, and negotiate, execute and conduct and manage complex, performance-based contracts/grants with global partners.
  • Review letters of inquiry & grant proposals; provide clear, concise & insightful written analyses & recommendations for funding including drafting & editing proposal summaries & progress reports for existing grants for review by Foundation leadership.
  • Consult/strategize with grantees and other global partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning, especially for participating U.S. sites. Partner with international foundations, governments, and schools on CR tools and strategies, both to improve the tools and their impact in the U.S. and to help other places where those tools may be useful without the foundation's direct investment in education, focused especially on those countries in which the foundation has global investments.This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.
  • Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
  • Ensure the CR team has access to the latest research and literature on international practice, including in-country documents that are pubic but unlikely to be disseminated worldwide, and scan for promising technologies, innovations, and professional expertise that could further the CR strategy and the capacity of US schools, districts, states, or partner organizations. Broker mutually beneficial partnerships and collaboratives.
  • Collaborate with Global Health/Global Development, where appropriate, to share tools and lessons learned and to respond to demands for information from international donors, foundations, and other partners.
  • This role manages people and is responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
  • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
Qualifications - Master's degree with 6-10 years of experience or equivalent.
  • Significant experience and recognition by the education community as an expert in any of the following fields: K-12 Education, Charter School Administration, Higher Education, digital learning technologies, learning research.
  • Working understanding of strategic planning processes and budget development required.
  • Knowledge and experience in a broad range of organizations and institutions conceiving, designing, and managing strategies, initiatives and programs that facilitate organizational change (nonprofit/K-12) or improvement, including those with a focus on international education.
  • Recognized internally & externally by the education community as an expert within a particular specialized fields of k-12, higher education and education reform.
  • Ability to effectively alternate between thinking strategically and executing at high quality.
  • Excellent written & oral communications skills, effective with a broad & diverse audience.
  • Highly adaptable and able to perform in ambiguous situations.
  • Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast paced and complex environment.
  • Ability to work with a wide array of stakeholders who hold at times conflicting viewpoints to achieve collective impact.
  • Ability to work in a fluid environment with ongoing reorganization.
  • Ability to work in a matrixed environment and partner with colleagues to achieve objectives.
  • Able to independently assess risks, create strategic and step-change opportunities and navigate the public/political relationships in a clear and diplomatic manner with our partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to build consensus, facilitate, ask questions and negotiate with colleagues, management, partners and grantees.
  • Ability to create paths, discover new solutions or a third way to execute projects and comfortable executing while still designing and fine tuning projects.
  • Create structures and develop frameworks to increase clarity and transparency of decisions, trade-offs and impact.
  • Ability to read complex research and determine how to apply it to grant making strategies.
  • Ability to lead team of program officers to clearly define strategies and plans with intended impacts and measures of that impact.
  • Ability to develop and monitor budgets and understand the overall Team impact.
Requisition Number 3850BR

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