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Director, Strategic Investment Fund

at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington

About the Job

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks a new Director, Strategic Investment Fund to lead the foundation’s $2 billion+ investment fund.

ROLE SUMMARY
Reporting to the CFO, the Director, Strategic Investment Fund leads the foundation’s $2 billion+ investment program, manages the team of 15 and chairs the fund’s Investment Committee.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Financial Investing/Deal Structure
  • Team Management/Cohesion

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Strong Mission-Orientation
  • Investor Credibility with Direct Emerging Markets Experience
  • Operations and People Management Experience
  • Relevant Domain Industry Expertise
  • Gravitas, Presence, and Emotional Intelligence
  • Excellent communications skills; Builds positive relationships
  • Problem solver
  • Understanding of business processes and data management

A SUMMARY OF THE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT FUND

In 2009, the Foundation established a strategic investment fund with the mandate to use equity, debt and guarantee investment tools to further the philanthropic goals of the organization. The fund has become a leader in the “impact investing” industry, successfully completing more than 80 investments across a variety of sectors and asset classes. Investments are made in support of the charitable impact theses of these program strategy teams, which employ technical experts from around the world.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

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 US, 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. The foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. With a trust value of close to $47 billion and total grant payments of over $50 billion since its inception, including $5.0 billion in 2018, the Gates Foundation is the world’s largest private foundation and operates through five key divisions: Global Development, Global Health, Global Growth & Opportunity, Global Policy & Advocacy and the US Programs (focusing on US education and poverty reduction).

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has retained the services of The Diversified Search Group to assist in this search. Please submit a cover note, deal sheet, and resume or nominations, in confidence, to GatesSIF@divsearch.com.

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.

Applicants for this role will only be considered if they possess current US Work Authorization, and do not require employer-sponsored VISA support to begin or remain in this role.

To apply

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has retained the services of The Diversified Search Group to assist in this search. Please submit a cover note, deal sheet, and resume or nominations, in confidence, to GatesSIF@divsearch.com.