Interim Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management, Family Planning, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Seattle, United States 215 views

**This is an interim backfill role to cover for an employee who will be on leave. The duration of the assignment is targeted for 9 months starting in May. However, the start and end dates may change.**

**This posting has a close date end of day, Friday, March 5th.**

Group Summary:

The FP-MNCH-Nutrition cluster consists of three PSTs, focused on the health of women, mothers, newborns, and children. Collectively, we lead a portfolio with a pay-out of about $500M per year. Our work spans the spectrum from upstream research (collaborating with multiple teams in the Global Health division) to implementation research, to supporting scale (collaborating with Country Offices, Global Delivery Program, and Program Advocacy and Communications [PAC]).

Leadership & Culture

Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.

Role summary

We have a backfill opening for the DDSPM working across Family Planning (FP), Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH), and Nutrition!

This person will serve as an advisor and thought partner to the FP-MNCH-Nutrition Directors – including overseeing co-chair and other leadership communication.

Providing the link between the teams’ strategy and business operations, this role will be responsible for leading the strategic, financial, operational, and human resource aspects of three teams as part of a harmonized cluster, bringing to bear senior strategy, management, and public health expertise on portfolio, initiative, and investment-level decision-making. Lead and manage a team of business and operations professionals – ensuring identification and implementation of process improvements, ensuring excellence in strategy execution, and ongoing identification of programmatic and operational commonalities between FP, MNCH, and Nutrition.

Work closely with Senior Officers for Strategy, Planning and Management, to lead the planning and development of materials for annual planning, and for the teams’ annual strategy reviews with the Co-Chairs. This includes oversight of strategic planning, annual planning, budgeting, body of work reviews and ongoing pipeline and portfolio management.

Be responsible for leading strategy-level coordination with peers in other teams – both within the Global Development division, and across other divisions. The person will also be part of a community of practice linked to the Foundation Strategy Office and be responsible for supporting and implementing foundation-wide strategic plans.

Core responsibilities

Strategy development, refinement and management:

Lead and set the direction and execute the process for strategic planning; including working with leadership teams to identify and articulate annual strategic priorities, lessons learned, and tradeoffs.

Oversee the development of story and materials for the ELT and Co-Chairs, including for annual planning, strategy reviews, learning sessions, and other ad-hoc requests.

Serve as a thought partner with the Directors to lead ongoing refinement of strategy and operations.

Lead alignment and harmonization of the FP-MNCH-Nutrition approach to bodies of work.

Lead or co-lead complex strategic projects that are often cross-functional in nature. For example, this may include identifying programmatic commonalities between FP, MNCH, and Nutrition; strengthening how FP-MNCH-Nutrition collaborate with internal matrix partners; or thinking through how we bring a stronger Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and gender focus into our grantmaking.

Team development and people management:

Partner with support functions (including Human Resources) and program team management to lead, recruit, develop, and train staff.

Lead a team of people across FP, MNCH, and Nutrition – communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and organizational change, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

Promote culture, values, and team effectiveness, including regular team health checks. Collaborate with the business teams to facilitate retreats and cross-organization collaboration.

Support Directors with workforce planning.

Serving as a trusted advisor to Directors:

Act as ‘sounding board’ and thought partner to Directors on broad set of topics impacting the overall management of the Programs and Functions (e.g., team effectiveness, management issues, addressing broader Foundation requests, relationships with other Functions/Programs, alignment with leadership, etc).

Internal relationship management

Coordinate with partner teams across GH, GD, and GPA divisions to ensure that we have strong working relationships, and appropriate touchpoints on programmatic, operational, and strategic thinking.

Lead close coordination with MNCH Discovery & Tools, including leadership-team programmatic syncs, and joint approaches to annual planning and financial allocations.

Portfolio and financial management and advising on investments:

Collaborate with Senior Officers in Strategy Planning and Management, and with FP&A, to develop budgets and forecasts.

Core team member and critical advisor in making investment decisions utilizing data (provide complementary strategic and investment acumen to the scientific/technical expertise of the Program Officers).

Develop and execute portfolio and advisory support to program team(s) on development and management of major grants; including identifying success metrics for strategy, portfolio, and individual grants and developing processes/tools to ensure alignment of activities with strategy success.


change management

child health

continuous improvement

family planning

financial management

global health

human resources


organizational change

performance management

project management

Cross-foundation/cross-division improvement initiatives

Contribute to continuous improvement efforts as part of cross-foundation and cross-GD DDSPM community of practice.

Support implementation of new processes.

Support continuous improvement and change management initiatives including contribution to the design of processes, policies, and organization to improve efficiency and impact of team’s activities.

Reports to: Amy Pollack, Director of MNCH and lead of FP-MNCH-Nutrition cluster. Dotted line reporting to Ann Starrs – Director of FP, and Andreas Bluethner – Director of Nutrition.

Core Knowledge & Skills

We seek a senior leader with a minimum of 10+ years’ experience in strategy and management. Experience might be gained within premier management/strategy consulting firms, in-house strategy professionals or from senior business operations and strategy leadership roles in global organizations such as those within the medical device, nutrition, healthcare, technology, pharmaceutical industries, or in major international development organizations. You will have deep knowledge of strategy development and implementation and the design of performance management system(s) of goals, targets and monitoring processes. You enjoy the challenge of working on complex problems and collaboratively crafting solutions that have the potential for transformational change in the lives of people around the world. The ideal DDSPM is a forward-thinking, passionate leader who has a strong track record of achievement and leadership in roles of increasing responsibility. You are prepared to work across a diverse set of subject areas, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being a solid teammate, with a proven ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a fast-paced, complex environment.

Additional skills/experience:

Demonstrated ability to lead people and teams to effectively achieve clear, yet complex goals and objectives.

Strong experience in working effectively with senior decision makers as it pertains to strategy development and operations.

Demonstrated ability in portfolio design and management to create optimal investment mix to work towards a set of outcomes.

Experience developing and handling strong partnerships and relationships both inside and outside the organization, handling conflicts, and building consensus.

Ability to lead and influence data-driven strategy planning and implementation.

Effective collaborator and experience working in a matrix environment.

Shown strength in structured problem solving and strategic business planning, with the ability to easily identify and communicate frameworks to analyze issues and synthesize disparate information.

Adept at project management; including critical path thinking, detail orientation, setting priorities, and planning.

Broad knowledge of global health and international development issues; at both global and national levels.

Strong analytic, technical and financial knowledge; including the ability to communicate data and results to inform sound strategic and tactical decisions. Experience developing, evaluating, managing, and monitoring business plans, budgets and financial reports.

Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.

Demonstrated ability to lead and effect change through ambiguity.

High level of cultural competence.

Behavioral competencies required: managerial courage, building effective teams, and perspective.

Ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Passion for the Foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the Foundation’s mission.

Education & Experience

10+ years of experience in strategy and management, or equivalent experience.

MBA and/or other advanced degree in Business, Engineering, Public Health, Planning or equivalent.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

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