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Senior Communications Officer, Office of the Chief Communications Officer
Company: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 08/19/2022
Expire Date: 10/19/2022
Job Categories: Administrative and Support Services
Job Description
Senior Communications Officer, Office of the Chief Communications Officer
Application Deadline: 5 PM PST, Wednesday, August 24, 2022

*This position is a limited-term position for 36 months with competitive salary and generous benefits. Relocation assistance will be provided.

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion ó of voices, ideas, and approaches ó together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer hybrid work arrangements, generous PTO, employer funded defined contribution to your retirement fund, a diverse and inclusive workplace backed by 11 Employee Resource Groups and embed diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do!

The Team

In June 2020, the foundation hired a Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and established a new Communications Division to oversee the foundationís global communications strategy. The division brings together internal and external communications to advance the foundationís mission of a more equitable world.

Office of the Chief Communications Officer

The Office of the CCO ensures resources are aligned against insights and strategic priorities. We foster an inclusive, innovative, and high-integrity culture and efficient enabling environment in line with the values of One Global Foundation and Impact First. We advance the Communication Divisionís vision through clear processes and operations, ensuring close coordination with internal and external stakeholders.

Position Summary

We are seeking a Senior Communications Officer to support the Office of the CCO (OCCO) and work across the division to fulfill our strategic priorities. In this role you will provide support to the OCCO's top strategic and operational priorities. This includes developing presentation materials on behalf of the CCO and the division for internal and external audiences. Additional support to be provided for CCO including executive communications, executive voice and voice planning. The ideal candidate has knowledge of strategic communications in a global context, experience staffing a senior executive, and exceptional organizational and written communication skills.

This position could be based out of our offices in Seattle, WA or Washington, DC.

What Youíll Do

Provide support to the OCCO's top strategic and operational priorities. Support a range of functions for the Office including: 1) developing and executing an engagement strategy and activities for the CCO, 2) supporting cross-divisional operations that fall under the purview of the OCCO, and 3) contributing to and/or leading special projects that advance the CCOís and divisionís priorities.

Develop the CCO and divisionís engagement strategy for internal and external audiences and stakeholders, including planning and implementation. This includes briefings and preparation for division-wide, cross-foundation and external engagements.

Develop presentation materials on behalf of the division for various internal and external audiences, including leadership, other divisions, industry partners etc.

Develop onboarding program for new staff and internal transfers.

Maintain the divisionís Rhythm of Business and support preparation and follow-up for Communications Leadership Team (CLT) meetings, All-staffs, retreats, regular tactical meetings, etc.

Support the development and implementation of the divisionís learning agenda.

Other duties as assigned by the CCO and Chief of Staff.

Your Qualifications

Outstanding experience developing and implementing engagement strategies in a dynamic communications environment.

Strong research and presentation skills, and working knowledge of how to deploy various communications platforms to advance the divisionís stated goals.

Strong written and verbal, listening and facilitating skills, including on sensitive or critical topics.

Proven track record of leading and influencing others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.

Demonstrated complex project management skills and a successful track record of leading or handling multiple projects simultaneously.

Ability to effectively alternate between thinking strategically and high-quality execution.

Alignment with our values, belief in our mission, and with the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Bachelorís with 7+ years of equivalent experience as a Special Assistant, policy analyst, management consultant, and/or communications strategy, executive voice, and employee engagement.

*This position is a limited-term position for 36 months with competitive salary and generous benefits. Relocation assistance will be provided.

**Applicants for this role will only be considered if they are able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.


Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.


If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request to hr@gatesfoundation.org.

Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. Weíre 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 serveóin race, gender, age, cultures and beliefsóand we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.
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