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.
Communications staff contribute to advocacy efforts, raise awareness of the issues the foundation addresses, work to protect and advance the foundation's reputation, and oversee all internal and external communications functions.
The foundation advocates for sustained investments by governments and other donors in global health programs that address the disproportionate impact of infectious diseases in developing nations and provide people with the fewest resources with access to effective diagnosis, treatment and prevention. We are seeking an individual for a one-year limited term engagement who can support our efforts to mobilize sustained support for critical investments in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria.
The role will include support for coordinated communications engagements with grantees, partners, influential thought leaders, policymakers, and end beneficiaries across multiple geographies, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Working closely with the foundation's Communications Strategy Lead for HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, he or she will be responsible for supporting collaborative planning with advocacy partners; supporting the development and implementation of communications strategies; developing messages, materials, and other content for target audiences; facilitating ongoing media relations; preparing media briefings; facilitating social media conversations; and supporting special events. In addition, he or she will provide ongoing support to the foundation's malaria program for its program-related communications with grantees, partners, and the media.
Finally, the person in this role will help the foundation's Communications Lead for HIV, Tuberculosis, and Malaria develop metrics to measure the impact of communications activities and share data on outputs, outcomes, and outgrowths with internal and external partners.
- Bachelor's degree with 11+ years of experience. Public relations certification desirable.
- Good understanding of the foundation's priority strategies and policy environments surrounding those issues.
- The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with demonstrated knowledge and experience in global health communications.
- Experienced in facilitating communications partnerships and working to address the needs and interests of multiple stakeholders.
- High-level content knowledge and conversational proficiency across core foundation strategies.
- Understanding of global media landscape and key players.
- Understanding and proven experience in principles of effective campaigning and most effective channels to reach the right audiences.
- Understanding of integrated campaign components (e.g. advocacy and media and stakeholder relationships).
- Understanding of audience segmentation and getting to desired perceptual/behavioral change.
- Understanding of traditional and new media outlets and influence/reach.
- Knowledge of issues, including laws, regulations, policies, political climate and critics and allies.
- Strong media relations experience.
- Experience developing, writing, and editing articles, blogs, speeches, and internal briefings for key leaders.
- Strong writing skills (messaging, media materials, internal memos, briefings, etc.).
- Strong negotiating skills.
- Strong analytical skills.
- Authoritative, self-confident and credible.
- Ability to assimilate complex information and deal with effectively and sensitively.
- Ability to work under pressure and prioritize effectively.
- Ability to manage local crisis communications situations.
* This is a one year limited term position and can be located in Seattle or Washington, D.C.
Reports to the Manager, Senior Communications Officer
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.
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