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Program Manager, Strategy, Planning & Management, Philanthropic Partnerships

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Program Manager, Strategy, Planning & Management, Philanthropic Partnerships

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 — of voices, ideas, and approaches — 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 full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.

The Team

The Philanthropic Partnerships Team’s (PPT) mission is to inspire and enable more informed and intentional generosity to improve outcomes globally. 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.

We believe that when people have the right inspiration, information, and innovation their giving can advance equity and accelerate the pace of positive change in the world. PPT serves as a resource to those who want to achieve more with their giving and invests in organizations that help donors overcome common obstacles. Our team seeks to enhance and enable generosity at all wealth levels and in multiple regions around the globe. We support programs that provide donors with resources to make informed decisions about giving, encourage innovations and policies that enable philanthropy, and support 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.

Your Role

The Program Manager is a highly skilled resource and connector for the Philanthropic Partnerships team and the Global Policy & Advocacy division on strategy, planning, management, and business operations. This position will help PPT transition from strategy development to strategy implementation, with a focus on accelerating individual giving that advances equity. The position is responsible for 1) program management and planning, 2) budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, and 3) cross-team collaboration on a 35-person team that manages ~$45m a year in grant making.

What You’ll Do

Program Management and Planning (30%):

  • Support PPT by facilitating key management and governance processes, including annual planning and budgeting, business performance measurement, and resource allocation decisions.
  • Support successful implementation of cross-division management and government processes, by embedding that guidance into PPT and sharing lessons learned from PPT out to the division.
  • Provide input and support on changes to business processes and performance metrics and lead the implementation of these types of cross-PPT and cross-division improvements.

Budgeting, Forecasting and Reporting (40%)

  • Partner with Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management, finance team, and program coordinators on the development and maintenance of team’s budget and investment pipeline: ~$45m per year and over 100 grantees and contracts.
  • Perform quantitative and strategic analysis to support sound overall portfolio management and to enable data-informed investment decisions related to grants and contracts.
  • Improve processes that enable investment owners to track, report, and manage their budgets and forecasts and to make informed investment decisions and trade-offs.

Cross Team Collaboration (30%):

  • Establish and execute work plans, drive, and monitor progress against milestones and key decisions, manage stakeholder communications.
  • Coordinate with regional office staff in Seattle, DC, India, China, Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
  • Contribute to cross-foundation initiatives with other Program Managers throughout the foundation.

Your Experience

  • Experience leading change management efforts that advance equity and elevate under-represented voices and stakeholders in the context of strategy and business operations.
  • Excellent quantitative skills (budgeting and analysis) paired with the ability to translate that into practical tools and right-sized approaches for decision making.
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral), with demonstrated ability to adapt approach and style for broad and diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a wide array of change management projects to successful conclusion with a focus on continuous improvement frameworks and methods that facilitate optimal outcomes, while operating in a rapidly changing and diverse environment.
  • Process design experience and demonstrated systems-thinker.
  • Experience with scorecards and performance management.
  • Familiarity with foundation annual planning processes a plus.
  • Master’s degree in business, public affairs, or non-profit management, and/or Master’s degrees in philanthropy, international development, or advancing equity and social justice.
  • At least 5 years of operational experience in the areas of project management, strategy, budgeting & finance, and human resources management.

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


We know that you are more than your resume! Please include a resume and a cover letter that answers the following questions to help us get to know you better.

  • Why is PPT’s commitment to accelerating individual giving that advances equity important to you?
  • What personal and/or professional experiences have shaped how you think about advancing equity? How does this impact your approach to work?
  • How have you brought together a diverse group of people to implement a shared vision?

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. We’re 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 serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and 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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