Senior Recruiter
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Location: Seattle (United States)
Occupations: Human Resources
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Job Description


The 11-person Global Talent Acquisition team at the foundation is responsible for partnering with hiring managers and executives across the foundation to find the best global talent available to fill exempt-level roles that help the organization meet its diverse and important missions. As a key member of the Talent Acquisition team (six full-cycle recruiters in the US, one full-cycle recruiter in India, two talent acquisition coordinators and one recruiting operations professional executing 300+ searches annually) you’ll be asked to develop and execute effective sourcing/selection strategies for hiring candidates in various positions ranging from entry to executive level. We are seeking an experienced Senior Recruiter who understands the importance of building strong relationships with candidates and business leaders alike, and brings focused experience in hiring for both technical (healthcare, biotech, pharma) and broad business operations roles (including IT).

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 Responsibilities

  • Develop & implement effective and innovative sourcing and recruiting strategies to attract and source high quality leadership and executive level candidates for open leadership roles and opportunistic pipelining
  • Manage the full life cycle hiring process – from research/sourcing to offer
  • Source and identify qualified passive candidates using creative, out of the box recruiting methods
  • Complete candidate assessments
  • Develop talent pool through creative sourcing techniques including referral generation, networking, and direct sourcing
  • Provide a high touch, thorough, top notch candidate experience
  • Build strong relationships with senior leaders and executives
  • Act as a trusted business partner and consultant to hiring managers in hiring talented leaders, leveraging knowledge/expertise to provide input on the market, candidates, etc.
  • Prepare and conduct search kick-off strategies and weekly search update meetings with hiring managers
  • Assist with the creation job descriptions and job postings
  • Manage applicants’ information and update status on applicant tracking software system

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of full life cycle recruitment.

  • Technical proficiency with MS Office, ATS (Workday), intranet and internet based tools, social-media tools (LinkedIn, social media), web-based recruiting (Boolean search strong sourcing) and sourcing tools.

  • Ability to recruit for diverse clients and businesses in alignment with an organization’s staffing plans.

  • Knowledge of applied HR practices and guidelines.

  • High-level client and candidate relationship management skills.

  • Solid interpersonal communication skills, including verbal and written communications

  • Solid organizational and time-management skills; set expectations and communicate project milestones.

  • Ability to apply business acumen/ whole systems thinking in order to anticipate client needs, make effective decisions and influence across levels.

  • Strong cross-cultural competencies and ability to communicate effectively with diverse and global audience.

  • Passion for the foundation’s core mission and work.

  • Previous knowledge of (or ability to quickly gain understanding of) recruiting landscape across applicable sectors (i.e. global health, global development, pharma, biotech, non-profit).

  • Ability to source and engage passive candidates across diverse business sectors.

  • Ability to achieve results in complex, often ambiguous environment.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to effectively prioritize clients, candidates and internal stakeholder needs.

Desired Competencies

  • Collaboration - Works with others openly and transparently to create an environment where diverse view-points are valued, and information is shared with others for the purposes of achieving a shared client experience goal
  • Implementation Excellence - Excel at delivering and continuously improving our global solutions in a seamless, consistent way that results in clients understanding changes and more effectively driving foundation impact
  • Outcome Driven - Using data to drive decision making, determine the work to be done, assess changes, adapt plans, measure progress, and follow-through on getting the work done in service of the desired client experience outcome(s)
  • Functional Expertise - Use functional skills and knowledge to provide solutions to our clients in a consultative manner
  • Learning Agility  - Ability, curiosity, and willingness to learn from experiences and failures to adapt and adopt new ways of being and thinking to further the impact of the foundation (e.g., take risks, challenge status quo, be open)
  • Critical Thinking - The process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from multiple sources and perspectives to reach an answer or conclusion
  • Systems Thinking  - Understands the formal and informal intersections and interdependencies to be able to frame the problem, evaluate issues, see downstream affects, and identify future implications across the end-to-end system to help prioritize solutions

Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree with 6+ years of experience in talent acquisition, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience successfully conducting searches in a global context/organization strongly preferred
  • Preference will be given to candidates based in the greater Seattle area

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.


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

About BMGF


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. 

The foundation works with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas.

  1. Our Global Health Division aims to reduce inequities in health by developing new tools and strategies to reduce the burden of infectious disease and the leading causes of child mortality in developing countries.
  2. Our Global Development Division focuses on improving the delivery of high-impact health products and services to the world’s poorest communities and helps countries expand access to health coverage.
  3. Our Global Growth & Opportunity division focuses on creating and scaling market-based innovations to stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  4. Our United States Division works to improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education, and support vulnerable children and families in Washington State.
  5. And our Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance our work. Our approach to grantmaking in all five areas emphasizes collaboration, innovation, risk-taking, and, most importantly, results.