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Associate Program Officer, Data & Insights

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Washington, DC, USA · Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we’re committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

The Philanthropic Partnerships team’s mission is to inspire and enable more informed and intentional generosity by all. Research has shown that generosity is a universal human impulse, but there is nothing natural about giving at scale or ensuring that philanthropic resources are channeled where they are needed most. PPT's strategy aims to close intent-to-action gaps and to increase giving that advances equity.

The PPT team serves as a resource to those who want to achieve more with their giving and invests in organizations that help donors overcome common obstacles. We support programs that provide donors with resources to make informed decisions about giving, encourage innovations and policies that enable philanthropy, and build cultural norms around generosity.

Our mission includes a commitment to advance equity around the world. We care deeply about how your experiences have shaped your understanding of philanthropy and advancing equity, and how they can help us achieve our mission. In applying for this role, we encourage you to think about the breadth and depth of your resume and add any information that would help us understand your personal and professional experiences related to our mission. This includes direct work in advocacy and community organization, social work, public policy, justice, or lived experience and/or education in any of these areas.

As the Associate Program Officer (APO) for Data & Insights on our Philanthropic Partnerships team, you will support a data and insights (D&I) portfolio and strategy on charitable giving. You will assist with making grants and investments to partners who help make up this strategy. You will analyze and share data and insights from a range of sources to assist the PPT team and the sector broadly. You will coordinate and communicate data from partners, grantees and other providers back to the team to aid with strategic decision-making processes. You are creative, solutions-oriented, flexible and a strong teammate, skilled in collaboration. You are a good communicator, and you know not just how to express data but also its meaning and implications to others.

This role reports to the Senior Program Officer – Data & Insights, working a majority on D&I related projects, with some input on wider team projects as needed.

*This position is a limited-term (LTE) position for 36 months. Relocation will be provided.

What You’ll Do

  • Data Analysis and Management: Analyze, synthesize, and share relevant research on charitable giving from grantees and other providers for various audiences. Prepare and write briefs, slides, presentations, and email communications that summarize key findings and the strategic implications for internal and external audiences. Develop research and insights on the data related to the wider Foundation. Make recommendations about the implications of new findings for our work and the sector. Build and maintain systems that aid the team in accessing data and insights easily.

  • Grantmaking and Relationship Cultivation & Management: Manage a selection of grant and partner relationships in concert with the SPO. Conduct regular meetings with grantees, monitor and champion their progress, and communicate this progress back to the team. Research and vet new investment and collaboration opportunities. Serve as an excellent relationship manager, demonstrating the utmost respect and kindness for our grantees and partners.

  • Communication and Collaboration: Regularly communicate on progress, challenges, and opportunities across the scope of work with internal and external partners. Work closely with cross-functional teams, including finance, communications, and operations, to ensure effective coordination. Contribute to discussions and planning sessions to inform the team’s overall strategic direction.

Your Experience

  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 3+ years of experience, or equivalent experience. We value experience from paid, volunteer, and informal roles.

  • We are looking for an excellent analyst and project manager with the ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with, organize, and analyze data and develop insights from it (e.g., identifying issues, forming hypotheses, synthesizing conclusions, and helping to implement change).

  • Strong writing and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audiences.

  • Excellent attention to detail, systematic thinking and leading workflow while coordinating multiple priorities in a highly dynamic environment.

  • Demonstrated interest in or exposure to the nonprofit / charitable sector.

  • Belief in the power of leveraging philanthropic capital to reduce inequities

  • Comfort in a wide range of cultural, geographic, and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people

  • A sense of humor and flexibility to adapt to a very dynamic environment

  • Experience working with philanthropic or nonprofit data.

  • Experience working with or at organizations that are traditionally underfunded such as BIPOC lead, those with small budgets, and those working in marginalized communities

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

Salary Range

The typical salary range for this role is $84,200 to $153,300 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate’s individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.

Additional Instructions

We know that you are more than your resume. In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter that answers the following questions to help us get to know you better:

  • How do your background and past experiences make you a strong fit for this role?

  • What personal and/or professional experiences have shaped how you think about inequity in any area (race, gender, global development, etc.) and how does this impact your approach to work?

Hiring Requirements

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

Candidate Accommodations

If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request here.

Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — and we support this diversity through all 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.