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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Software Program Manager in Seattle, Washington

The Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). IDM supports global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in the health of those most in need, by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making.

We are a team of research scientists and software developers. We create sophisticated computer models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, and analyze data relevant to understanding epidemiology and making health policy decisions in order to identify and address critical knowledge gaps. We are a highly dynamic organization with a work environment defined by innovation and collaboration. We routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in the developing world, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We're looking for a Software Program Manager to facilitate and accelerate complex and time-sensitive software projects, ensuring the completed projects advance our research goals.


You will ...

  • Lead software projects to drive them to ‘done’

  • Be responsible for defining project scope, resourcing, and timelines

  • Track and report on projects

  • Facilitate decision processes, such as defect triage, changes of plan, project evaluations, and releases

  • Collaborate with individuals and teams across IDM, including software engineering, test, documentation, research, and management

  • Build strong relationships to improve cross-team processes

  • Gather, analyze, and react to feedback from partners

  • Collaborate with colleagues to improve project management practices

  • Maintain an up-to-date road-map of active projects

  • Solve problems with projects, and work with team managers and leadership to inform and react

  • Promote and enable great practices, including code standards, test coverage, and documentation


We’re looking for accomplished software professional who will understand enough of the math and science of what IDM does to be effective. Our typical hires have degrees in Computer Science or another science-based field, combined with 7+ years of professional software program management experience. We are, however, keenly aware that ours is a cross-disciplinary field that benefits from diversity of skills and backgrounds.

  • Understanding of research workflows

  • Proven track record of building excellent relationships with collaborating teams and establishing shared vision

  • Able to communicate regular project updates clearly and effectively to diverse partners

  • Able to run effective meetings with project contributors, both in-person and on-line

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 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.