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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Deputy Director, Gender Data & Insights in Seattle, Washington

In 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the creation of a new division, Gender Equality (GE), driven by our determined leadership and partnership to accelerate progress for women and girls globally.

The past two years have seen an unprecedented confluence of energy on this issue, and we have a greater understanding than ever before on the centrality of gender to all development outcomes embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Created to capitalize on the belief that we are at a pivotal point in history for gender equality, the division is comprised of the Gender Equality Office of the President team, Women’s Economic Empowerment program team, and Gender Equality program advocacy and communications team. This new division signals our intent to fully maximize our voice and our co-chair’s commitment to accelerate impact under the leadership of a dedicated Gender Equality President. Additionally, we will continue our broader gender integration agenda, working with and across all global program teams to ensure gender is being incorporated in an intentional way to increase impact.

Leadership & Culture

Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.

This individual will play a key role in the founding year of this new division and as such, we expect foundation leadership to demonstrate our leadership principles & management expectations. As a people leader, you are responsible for:

  • Creating a culture for impact by shaping an environment where your team thrives, and their unique perspectives and identities are valued

  • Strategy development, refinement, and management to ensure your team goals align with overall foundation strategies

  • Nurturing people and building great teams by prioritizing collective success, team development, setting expectations and assessing performance

Position Summary

We seek a Deputy Director, Data & Strategic Insights to play a leadership role designing and executing the Gender Equality Division’s new cross-functional gender data and insights unit for gender equality goals and sector outcomes. Our hypothesis is that strengthened decision making engines will influence policy, drive field alignment, enable new and improved allocations of resources that impact gender equality goals and sector outcomes. We seek to do this by creating a gender related data and analytics unit that 1) closes gaps in primary data, 2) strengthens the analytical tools and methods used, and 3) packages and disseminates data and insights.

As the Deputy Director, you will shape the strategic direction, planning and execution of the unit, and deliver on your responsibilities by assembling a team through creative resourcing of full-time, part-time, and outsourced team members. You will guide team members to develop the Data & Strategic Insights portfolio of foundation investments (grants and contracts), structure and conduct primary and secondary analyses from the data obtained through these investments, and work across the foundation and with external partners to drive impact and generate findings and evidence. As part of this responsibility, this role will manage relationships with grantees, contractors, and key partners to achieve the foundation's desired impact, provide project briefings and updates to foundation leadership, and represent the foundation in external meetings , as well as at conferences and workshops. Internally, you will be part of the leadership team and will drive activities related to portfolio management, division design, launch, and execution, and enablement of an effective division.

This is a new role with people management responsibilities and is right for someone with an entrepreneurial mindset and a track-record of influencing impactful decisions through analytics. You will be expected to partner with GE team members and cross-foundation colleagues in establishing the portfolio direction, identifying interdependencies, communicating data and analytics requirements, building, and executing on the core capabilities, tracking progress, making decisions, identifying, and mitigating risks, and resolving conflicts and/or issues. You will also partner with the Gender Equality program policy advocacy and communications team, the Women’s Economic Empowerment team, and Gender Equality Office of the President team to turn data and insights into advocacy and communications opportunities to achieve our broader division goals. This role builds strong relationships with internal partners, external partners, resource providers and effectively interacts with senior-level audiences.

Core Responsibilities

  • Accountability for the Data & Strategic Insights design, capability definition, and ultimate launch and execution of this new function.

  • Build a small team to conduct the day-to-day execution of the data and insight’s function.

  • Lead partnerships with internal and external partners/grantees to advance the foundation’s priorities for Gender Equality.

  • Understand strategies of other teams and identify, influence, and scope opportunities for Data & Insights function to add value to their work.

  • Collaborate across the division and the foundation to identify advocates for and other collaboration opportunities in for Gender Equality data & insights.

  • Facilitate the development of annual investment plans and budgets, develop, modify, and implement strategy under the leadership of the Director. Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.

  • Provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics. Oversee strategy measurement and impact activities.

  • Accountable for the identification and assessment of key portfolio risks, and the development and management of mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.

  • Advise, mentor, and support colleagues and their grantees in the design, enhancement, and execution of the Data & Insights strategy, initiatives, and engagements.

  • Responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving, and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress, and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

  • Design and execute key division-level strategy projects and development and articulation of program strategy; leads the preparation of materials for the annual planning process, strategy reviews, learning sessions, briefings, and submissions to GE President, CEO, and Co-Chairs.

  • Serve as an active listener across the division to keep pulse on team health and effectiveness.

  • Other specials projects as assigned.

Position reports to the Director, Gender Equality Strategy & Innovation

Core Knowledge & Skills

You are a creative, thoughtful, and curious leader who has an excellent track record of achievement in roles of increasing responsibility. You should be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise, with a demonstrated ability to work with agility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a dynamic environment. Additionally, we seek:

  • Demonstrated ability to scope and manage the quality of quantitatively oriented work products of others.

  • Proven ability to creatively bring together multiple data sets and integrate across multiple methodologies to generate insights.

  • Excellent ability to convert analytical work products into compelling visualizations, persuasive narratives, and novel insights for both technical and non-technical audiences, strong listening, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Experience designing, building, launching a new capability for an organization.

  • Understanding of how to bring intersectional problem-solving approaches to strategies; working to lead with a diversity, equity, and inclusion mindset and application.

  • Self-starter with capability to work with ambiguity, flexibility, efficiency, and passion in a fast-paced and complex environment.

  • Demonstrated strength in structured problem solving and strategic business planning, with the capability to easily identify and communicate frameworks to facilitate strategy creation and analyze core issues.

  • Demonstrated excellence in influence and leadership, ability to build trust, is a team leader and player who motivates and educates others and understands the value of interpersonal relationship building.

  • Broad understanding of global health and development issues; some direct experience is preferable; Interest in the gender equality program strategy and the ability to learn new content quickly, identify connections and second-order implications, and demonstrate proficiency with internal/external teams.

  • Ability to work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture, and distance.

  • Sense of humor.

  • Commitment to our core values, mission and programs with an approach that is consistent with the foundation’s guiding principles while holding oneself to the highest ethical standards.

Education & Experience

  • Experience leading others in a direct reporting relationship and creating a coaching environment for people to test, learn, and grow.

  • Demonstrated experience delivering value to institutions through the utilization of quantitative techniques.

  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in data analysis, statistics, modeling, and/or machine learning; familiarity with development sector data sets and derives energy from data as a leading justification for solving key sector-level and strategy-level decisions.

  • Demonstrated experience working in and interpreting outputs from advanced analytics software, such as Matlab, Stata, SAS and/or ArcGIS.

  • Master’s degree or another advanced degree likely from the statistics, data science, computer sciences, physics, math, and/or epidemiology field with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

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

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 background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is 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 the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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

  • Prior Protected Activity

    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, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Warren Buffett.