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Interim Project Manager K-12 Education
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
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Job Description

This is an interim backfill role to cover for an employee who will be out on parental leave.  The duration of the assignment is targeted for 11 months starting in March. However, the start and end dates may change.

Applications Deadline Tuesday February 1st

Interim Project Manager K-12 Education

U.S. Program Summary

The foundation’s U.S. Program works to expand access to life-changing opportunities. That’s why our primary focus in education is ensuring that all students – especially Black and Latinx students, and students experiencing poverty – have an opportunity to earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for a successful career and fulfilling life. But often, education isn’t enough. Factors outside of schools and the classroom have an enormous impact on a student’s success. That’s why we’re also supporting efforts by public officials and community groups to better understand and advance economic mobility, leading to permanent ladders out of poverty for families and communities, such that race, ethnicity, and income are no longer predictors of outcomes. 

K-12 Summary

We know we can accomplish so much more for our students. In the United States, a high-quality public education is a bridge to opportunity—particularly when it comes to good jobs and career paths, social mobility, and personal growth and fulfilment. Our K-12 strategy is driven by a direct focus on schools because that’s where teaching and learning happens. Excellent schools—led by leaders who focus on continuous improvement grounded in data and evidence—are critical to student success.


We support schools in their work to improve student outcomes, particularly for Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty, by partnering with middle and high schools and identifying new, effective approaches that can be replicated in other schools.

We invest in networks of schools to solve common problems using evidence-based interventions and data-driven approaches that support continuous learning. We invest in ensuring that teachers and leaders have what they need to be successful—high-quality preparation, standards-aligned curriculum and tools, and professional learning opportunities. Throughout, we keep our eyes on the horizon, advancing research and development in support of innovations that will help the U.S. education system keep pace with our rapidly changing world.

K-12 Research & Development (R&D) Team

The K-12 R&D Team aims to tackle challenges and needs related to R&D that increases the availability and use of high-quality math solutions that support priority students to achieve Algebra 1 success. The K-12 R&D team is primarily responsible for improving product quality, reducing cost, and easing implementation until products and tools are ready for a large share of the education market by leveraging innovation, research, and best practices in support of Black and Latino students and students experiencing poverty.

Position Summary

Leads the planning and execution of projects and team activities in support of the K-12 Education R&D strategy and its business processes. This could include providing project management support for key initiatives, supporting team business processes, or providing flex support for key portfolios or investments. This role also partners with the K-12 Strategy, Planning, and Management team to support strategy and portfolio reviews and other performance management routines.


Key Responsibilities

  • Provide expert project management support – including developing plans, supporting and developing key deliverables, and ensuring effective communication – for key initiatives, portfolios, or investments.
  • Responsible for ensuring portfolios and bodies of work comply with foundation governance processes including portfolio reviews and annual planning.
  • Responsible for the upkeep of crucial team, portfolio, and body of work documentation and accessibility across the K-12 team.
  • Facilitate team meetings and communications.
  • May provide light touch investment management as n

Core Knowledge & Expertise

Role-Specific Knowledge & Expertise

  • Complex problem solving and plan building.
  • Process design experience and proven systems thinker.
  • Organizational change management and continuous improvement frameworks.
  • Strong collaboration, communication, and influencing skills, including with senior executives and leaders.
  • May require partner management, including selection, negotiation, and measurement.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and resilience.
  • Ability to engage effectively with individuals with a diverse set of backgrounds and styles.

K-12 Team Core Knowledge & Expertise

  • Exhibited commitment to and ability around inclusive design and equity-centered approaches to investing (using USP Equity Guiding Principles)
  • Exhibited dedication to and ability around engaging organizations and leaders proximate to the work
  • Math content and pedagogical knowledge or ability to access
  • Ability to remain focused on the long-term vision of our work
  • Ability to manage complex partnerships (internal and external)
  • Ability to synthesize large volumes of information into clear recommendations and decisions
  • Curious, continuous learner attitude that can build on the strengths of others to achieve optimal impact
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or advanced degree or equivalent experience with 3-5 years of experience

Project Management Professional certification is desired

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

**The foundation requires a COVID-19 vaccination for in-person business in the United States.  Therefore, all U.S. employees are required to present proof of vaccination status upon hire unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.

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.

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

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