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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Gender Equality in Seattle, Washington

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will collaborate with Perrett Laver in the search for a stellar candidate to take up this exciting and challenging appointment. Please review the instructions below for submitting an application.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 8 at 12 noon PT.

In 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the creation of a new Gender Equality Division 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). Under the leadership of the inaugural President, Anita Zaidi, the Gender Equality Division signals our intent to fully maximize our voice and our co-chairs’ commitment to accelerate impact on gender equality.

Reporting to the President of the Gender Equality Division, the Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment will combine a passion for gender equality with expertise in economic empowerment, financial services for low-income populations, social entrepreneurship, digital technology, or a combination of the above. We are seeking someone who has delivered real impact in the lives of people around the world and has the capacity to enable an ecosystem committed to gender equality at the foundation.

The successful candidate will have a track record of effective leadership and management, including responsibility for diverse and dispersed teams in a matrixed and/or rapidly changing environment. We will prioritize candidates who can demonstrate a strategic and analytical approach and have a vision for what can be accomplished leveraging the platform of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. You do not need to come from the gender field, but you must have a track record of incorporating a practice of gender mainstreaming into your applied specialism. A background and skillset in evaluating experimental approaches to Women’s Economic Empowerment in low ad middle income countries is highly desirable for this role.

We are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collectively creating solutions that have the potential for transformative change in the lives of people around the world. If you are a creative and curious leader, then please download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for this role at quoting reference 4897.

For an informal discussion about the role, contact Clara Nelson Strachan directly at

Applications received through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Careers site will not be reviewed.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and 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 all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;

  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;

  • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and

  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Mark Suzman and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.