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Associate – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job Details

*We’re seeking to fill this position quickly, and resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Strategic Investment Fund Summary

In 2009, the Bill & Melinda Gates 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. Currently investing $2.5B, the fund has become a leader in the “impact investing” industry successfully completing more than 90 investments across a variety of sectors and asset classes. Investments from the fund are structured as “program-related investments,” which is a defined term in the US Internal Revenue Code that governs charitable investments made by private foundations.

Additional information about the foundation can be found here.

Position Summary

The investment team is seeking an Associate-level individual to further grow the investment portfolio by contributing to thesis formation, deal origination, investment execution and investment management activities.

The individual will be a generalist, working across a number of the foundation’s strategic priority areas which include programs in global health, global development, gender equality and US education. Investments are made in support of the charitable impact theses of the strategy teams which employ technical experts from around the world.

Representative past investments from the fund, include:

It is expected that the Associate will focus on the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with foundation Program Strategy Teams to understand their strategies and partner with technical colleagues to form investment theses and source potential investments through active outreach and relationship-building within the entrepreneurial and investment communities.

  • Join deal teams that include program technical experts, legal and investment colleagues to execute new investments, including: performing initial evaluation, participating in crafting conversations with company, determining investment structuring, owning the due diligence process and financial modeling, and negotiating definitive legal documentation.

  • Present investments to the foundation’s Investment Committee.

  • Participate in all aspects of portfolio investments, potentially including as a board of directors’ observer, and facilitate interactions between portfolio companies, and foundation program teams and Investment Committee with regards to strategic, financial, and legal opportunities/issues.

  • Ensure high-quality interactions and provide clear and consistent communications with internal and external partners.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will be an Analyst or Associate from a venture capital, growth equity, leveraged buy-out fund or investment bank with experience in deal sourcing, execution and company engagement and a deep interest in principal investing and belief in the foundation’s mission to drive innovative social impact. Minimum two-years of applicable experience is required.

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a core value of the Strategic Investment Fund. We believe bringing together a range of perspectives allows us to more effectively engage with our target beneficiaries, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. More information on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion can be found here.

Culture and Values

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership, in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, ethnicity, gender, age, cultures, and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices. More information on our culture and values can be found here.

*Applicants for this role will only be considered if they are able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

**The foundation requires all employees based in the United States to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, subject to applicable laws.


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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Job Status: Open

Job Sectors: Investment Associate

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: North America

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