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Program Officer, US Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement (LTE)

Company: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Washington
Posted on: June 9, 2024

Job Description:

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we're committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team

Our Economic Mobility and Opportunity (EMO) team works with local and state governments and policymakers, small and medium-sized businesses, community and advocacy organizations, funders, and researchers to help increase long-term economic security for people in the U.S. earning low incomes. Our focus population is the 47 million people ages 16 to 64 whose annual incomes are below 200% of the federal poverty level, which translates to $27,180 for an individual and $55,500 for a family of four as of 2022.

The Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy has three pillars:

Making Lives Better Now: Work to address the immediate needs of our focus population by supporting the creation and use of tools that help individuals and families access safety net benefits and tax credits as well as connect employers with skilled workers.

Public Good Creation and Dissemination: We provide tools, insights, and resources to local governments, businesses, and organizations to help them create more opportunities for people living in poverty to achieve economic success.

Critical Enablers: We collaborate with government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, funders, and others to increase the flow of capital, facilitate learning, and advance shared goals in a way that builds momentum around efforts in our two other focus areas.

Note: This is a 12-month limited-term position. Relocation will not be provided. The application deadline is Sunday, June 23, at 11:59 PM PDT.

Your Role

The Program Officer, Employer Engagement is responsible for advancing the execution of an investment plan within EMO's Employer Engagement Body of Work (BOW). Areas of responsibility include supporting initiatives intended to shift employer practices and improve job quality, mobilize additional capital from non-philanthropic sources, and improve public narratives on mobility from poverty.

A strong candidate will bring to this role a deep understanding of the incentives and perspectives of employers in the labor market, including large, mid-size, and small businesses. You will also need strong relationship management skills to engage and collaborate with a wide variety of partners, high-level grant management skills, and experience with program monitoring and evaluation. In the fall and winter of 2024, you will participate in the foundation's Strategy and Portfolio Review cycles, communicating the Employer Engagement BOW's impact-to-date and strategic path ahead to foundation leadership.

In addition, you may provide the team with decision analytics around key strategic issues, interpreting and applying insights from new data generated by the literature, partners, grants, and projects.

What You'll Do

Employer Engagement Expertise

a. Provide expertise in the incentives and perspectives of employers to improve job quality.

b. Provide expertise in the perspectives and lived experience of workers living at or below 200% FPL to inform what job quality actions are most effective for near- and long-term economic mobility and opportunity.

c. Provide expertise in systems approaches to advancing job quality strategically and at-scale. Inform how a diverse range of employer- and worker-involved stakeholders takes complementary action to compel and enable employer practice change.

Grant Scoping and Management

a. Plan , manage and execute a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, prospect and develop complex investment opportunities, and manage grants and external relationships.

b. Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding, including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.

c. Consult with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits when appropriate , provide technical guidance, convene meetings and apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives .

Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation

a. Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation , grant budgeting and reporting.

b. Track and communicate impact through the development, refinement, and execution of the Employer Engagement BOW's Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) plan. Update and maintain Performance Dashboards and ensure grantees are set up to provide needed data. Fulfill data requests from leadership.

c. Partner with other program officers to capture data and insights from grants, contracts, and partners and use these insights to interrogate team hypotheses and support better decision-making across the Public Goods portfolio.

Strategy and Portfolio Reviews

a. Assess performance against BOW-level strategic objectives and impact targets. Identify internal and external factors informing portfolio performance, and surface key learnings and implications for future work. Articulate next-step actions for continued advancement towards BOW-level strategic objectives and impact targets.

b. Work with grantees, consultants, and other internal contributors to maintain a work plan and ensure needed data, insights, and deliverables are collected in time to present during Strategy and Portfolio Reviews. Communicate internal work plans and milestones, and support grantees to meet internal deadlines set by leadership.

c. Draft , revise, and present content (e.g., PPT slides, memos) articulating portfolio performance, key learnings, and implications for future work to foundation leadership. Respond to follow-up questions and requests from leadership.

Your Experience

Bachelor's or other advanced degree with 5+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

Track record engaging private sector business leaders, particularly small and medium sized businesses. Experience working with communities, the private sector, and/or the public sector to address systemic barriers to opportunity.

Experience building coalitions with diverse membership and establishing relationships to enable coalitions to use diverse experiences and talents to achieve community goals.

Excellent relationship-building and relationship management skills. Capable of building and sustaining healthy, collaborative relationships with and among a variety of external stakeholders across areas of study, sectors and industries, and practices. Capable of effectively engaging individual contributors and senior leadership within the foundation.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information with internal and external partners and decision-makers. Capable of evaluating lessons, data, and insights from investments against strategic objectives and drawing implications for strategy refinement and execution.

Demonstrated record of working in a collaborative fashion in a "cross-team" role.

Creative problem solver with a rigorous approach and strong quantitative analytical skills.

P referred:

Understanding of procurement processes as well as financing opportunities for businesses and how to develop high-impact capital mobilization partnerships.

Experience engaging with the financial partners (e.g., banking and finance), procurement officials, and/or service providers of these businesses.

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

The salary range for this role is $137,500 to $206,200 USD. We recognize high-wage market differences in Seattle and Washington D.C., where our offices are located . The range for this role in these locations is $ 149,800 to $ 224,600 USD. As a mission-driven organization, we strive to balance competitive pay with our mission. New hires salaries are typically between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint. Actual placement in the range will depend on a candidate's job-related skills, experience, and expertise , as evaluated during the interview process.

Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Candidate Accommodations

If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request here.

Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion - of voices, ideas, and approaches - and we support this diversity through all 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.

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/) 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 co-chairs Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates and the board of trustees.

Keywords: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington DC , Program Officer, US Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement (LTE), Accounting, Auditing , Washington, DC

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