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Senior Program Manager, Global Event Security
Company: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 01/30/2023
Expire Date: 03/30/2023
Job Categories: Administrative and Support Services
Job Description
Senior Program Manager, Global Event Security
The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion — of voices, ideas, and approaches — together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.

The Team

Global Security works hard to safeguard foundation personnel, information, facilities, assets, and reputation. Led by Chief Security Officer Shana Tarbell, we are comprised of about two dozen employees as well as the contingent employees in Reception, the Guard Force, and the Global Security Operations Center. Security spans across all affiliates and regional offices and organizationally reports into Business Operations.
Your Role

Serve as the Global Security (GS) senior program manager for event security. Responsible for establishing event security program direction, identifying interdependencies and communication requirements, tracking progress, identifying and mitigating risks and resolving conflicts and issues. Develops and executes security plans for high-profile international events, including by managing vendor relationships and liaising with local police and other government entities. Builds strong relationships with team, internal and external partners, and effectively interacts with senior audiences. Responsible for researching and analyzing data to produce comprehensive risk assessments for consumers regarding threats to foundation-hosted events worldwide. Responsible for identifying opportunities to enhance and improve team strategies and processes through various tasks. Establish and implement processes, policies and protocols for an effective event security management system in foundation locations.

What You'll Do

Responsible for event security program activities related to program definition and delivery. Includes project scheduling, budgeting and forecasting, resource planning, contracting, risk management, and change management. Working in consultation with GS management, help determine GS staffing requirements for high-profile foundation events.

Collaborates with foundation leaders and operations and program team partners on event security program design. Ensures strategic alignment on event security requirements and procedures, identifying opportunities to improve event security while balancing programmatic requirements.

Lead on-the-ground security support for high-profile foundation events, including development and execution of event security plans and interaction with external partners and vendors and internal foundation partners. For events where you are not the lead POC, provide strategic oversight, ensuring best practices and procedures are applied across foundation events.

Working with partners across GS, identify and manage relationships with vendors worldwide who can provide event security services. Develop standards protocols for these vendors to follow when delivery event security services.

Compare actual event security performance with planned performance, analyze variances, assess trends to effect process improvements, evaluate possible alternatives, and implement appropriate corrective action if needed to continuously improve programs.

Oversee training program and contingency planning for GS members on event security.

Establish strong network with event security professionals in other organizations. Leverage benchmarking to improve the Gates Foundation event security program.

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.

Your Experience

Master’s preferred or bachelor’s degree with 8 + years of experience with relevant experience in security or a related field is required.

Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; including research, monitoring and information collection and reporting.

Strong collaboration, communication and influencing skills, including with senior executives and leaders.

Demonstrated capability for operational security support at high profile events. Previous corporate event security experience preferred.

Demonstrated experience working closely with government security entities and close protection teams. Previous work in diplomatic, law enforcement and/or intelligence agencies preferred.

Experience working internationally in multiple settings (office & field), understanding varying global perspectives and culture.

High level of interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

Must have a proven track record of working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, requiring a high level of attention to detail while maintaining focus on the big picture.

The ability to work independently and make sound decisions to maintain organizational objectives.

Strong ability to network effectively at all organizational levels.

Excellent ability to identify and work effectively with key stakeholders on complex, cross organizational and foundation projects in unfamiliar areas.

Utilize discretion with demonstrated experience in maintaining utmost confidentiality and privacy.

Project/Program management and information security experience highly desired

Must be available to travel internationally on a frequent basis (25%)

*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.


Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

Candidate Accommodations

If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request here.

Inclusion Statement

We are 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 our mission 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, and prior protected activity.
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