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||Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
||Seattle, WA United States
|| Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Communications Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships |
The Philanthropic Partnerships team (PPT) at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has an exciting opportunity for a Communications Officer to help fulfill the team’s mission to inspire and enable more informed and intentional generosity by all. The Communications Officer will support the Senior Communications Officer to create, lead, and implement thoughtful communications strategies that help achieve the team’s goals. We are looking for a versatile writer and storyteller with a proven track record of developing compelling content and delivering it through a range of channels, from op-eds and blog posts to videos, press releases, talking points and social media.
The ideal candidate will have experience developing and maintaining productive relationships with journalists, pitching media, and should be adept at building collaborative partnerships across large organizations and with internal and external collaborators.
This role will report to our Senior Communications Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships and is a Limited-Term Employee position with an expected term of 3 years.
Partner with the Senior Communications Officer to develop and implement the overall communications plan for the Philanthropic Partnerships team (PPT)
Own and drive specific campaigns and narratives within the overall strategy, in close collaboration with PPT sub-teams
Write, edit, and proofread content that accurately reflects the voice and tone of the team and our partners
Craft key messages, Q&As, press releases, fact sheets, and other external-facing materials.
Assist communications for specific initiatives within PPT, such as the Giving Pledge and Gates Philanthropy Partners.
Engage internal and external partners to advance the PPT strategy.
Help manage PR agency support for the team’s work.
Respond to media requests, which may involve preparing leadership briefs and coordinating or staffing interviews.
Build relationships with media and track opportunities for engagement on PPT’s priority issues, while closely coordinating with the Gates Foundation’s central media relations team.
Support PPT’s global work in 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.
Handle grantee inquiries and press release reviews.
Lead proactive responses to breaking news as appropriate, ensuring our voice and/or our partners’ voices are used appropriately.
Help track the public dialogue on philanthropy and evaluate the impact of PPT’s campaigns, narratives, and tactics.
Qualifications & Requirements
A track record of designing and launching strategic, high-impact communication plans.
A deep understanding of and engagement in the changing media landscape, including digital media, broadcast, and print.
Experience with communications strategy development, including audience segmentation and targeting, partner engagement, understanding of brand parameters and nuance, media tracking, and measurement.
Experience working within and across a complex organization and communications teams.
Willingness to take on new challenges and situations while displaying a flexible, “roll up your sleeves” demeanor.
Ability to represent the foundation confidently when engaging with media and at a variety of external events.
Tenured experience working with senior-level executives and guiding their external communications.
Understanding of the philanthropic sector is highly 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.
Curious and eager to learn on an ongoing basis.
Strong preference for international communications experiences and demonstrated cultural competency.
Excellent judgement; seeks support and asks questions when confronted with an obstacle.
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 reserve.
Genuine passion for the foundation’s mission!
Education And Experience
Bachelor’s degree AND a minimum of 5+ years of proven experience with steadily expanding responsibilities in similar roles.
Tenured experience in communications, journalism, public policy, or a related field.
Experience in philanthropy is preferred, but not required.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation |
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.