Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Interim Sr. Project Manager in Seattle, Washington

This is an interim backfill role to cover for someone who will be out on parental leave. The duration of the assignment is targeted for 18 months starting in October 2018. However, the start and end dates may change.

Joining the Project Management Office as an Interim Sr. Project Manager, you will be a part of the dynamic team of PMs whose focus is on the delivery of projects with high quality, and in a smart, predictable and simple way. We provide leadership on cross-functional projects that frequently include an information technology solution. The portfolio is diverse. From implementing the technology footprint in a newly built regional office, to enhancing an enterprise-wide system that supports an operational function, to deploying a new solution for advanced data management – the projects led by the PMO PMs offer challenge and fulfillment as we enable the foundation to make the difference in the world.


Manages the planning and execution of large, complex, and or strategically significant projects supporting improvements and change across business processes, teams and functions. Provides project leadership, managing project team members and partnering with cross-functional teams to ensure projects deliver the expected scope and business value, complete on budget and on schedule, and deliver with quality.

Core Responsibilities

•Oversees development of all project deliverables (charter, requirements, detailed design, test plan, etc.). Ensures execution of all activities to meet the defined scope, schedule, budget and resources.

•Coordinates with people managers, partners, vendors and project sponsorship to ensure project is appropriately resourced and resources and/or tools are effectively managed to achieve project objectives.

•Anticipates project specific risks and minimizes impact of change on project delivery.

•Compares actual performance with planned performance and implement appropriate corrective action if needed.

•Responsible for ensuring project complies with established enterprise project portfolio management governance processes including intake, quarterly reviews, and annual planning.

•Manages the efforts of other project managers and sub-team leads, contractors and support staff making assignments and monitoring progress.

•Demonstrates thought leadership in terms of approach and objectives and risk and issues management with personal contributions to identifying and strategizing on mitigation and devising solutions.

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Knowledge and Skills

•Understands the business benefits of the project and the linkage between project/program goals and organizational strategy and drivers.

•Solid knowledge and expertise utilizing standard project management and change management frameworks (Agile, Waterfall, etc.) for successful project delivery across the full project lifecycle.

•Oral and written communication techniques, channels and applications.

•Proven ability to mobilize and motivate teams; set direction and approach; resolve conflict; coach performance; deliver tough messages with grace; execute with limited information and ambiguity.

•Proven ability to quickly earn the trust of sponsors and key stakeholders; empathetic and creative manager able to listen to and understand partner interests and concerns and proactively plan to address them.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

The employee transfer policy applies to internal backfill positions. An employee may apply for an open position after at least 12 months in their current position. If you meet this requirement and wish to pursue a backfill opportunity, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply. In rare cases, the requirement of a minimum of 12 months in a position may be waived if a transfer is critical to the foundation’s goals and is approved by the current manager and their HR Consultant (HR Business Partner or Generalist).

All backfill positions are posted as LTE roles. With current manager support, if selected for the role, FTEs will retain their FTE status during the backfill assignment. Managers will have the option of backfilling for the individual moving to the interim position for a similar duration via the same hiring channels and options as this position. However, current managers may be unwilling or unable to hold headcount for the duration of an interim assignment and may deny the employee’s request. In such cases, the employee may apply for the open LTE position, but if selected, would effectively be resigning as an FTE and would be hired as an LTE for the duration of the interim assignment. As an LTE, employment with the foundation is expected to end at the end of the assignment, and the employee would not be eligible for severance.

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 Sue Desmond-Hellmann 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.