Working at the Foundation


We are inspired by the foundation's belief that all lives have equal value, and are compelled by the opportunity to make an impact – before, during, and after our time at the foundation. Experienced and highly engaged, we set aspirational goals, and hold ourselves, and each other, to high standards.


We are guided by four values: optimism, collaboration, rigor, and innovation. We live these values and consider how we work as important as what we do. Along with our partners, we take on complex challenges; we continually test new approaches and embrace change where it will facilitate the best outcomes. Employees describe our environment as intense, fast-paced and stimulating, to match the ambition of our strategies.

The co-chairs are highly involved with the work. We collaborate with myriad partners, and have access to world-renowned experts and leaders. Our current and former employees form a diverse, extended, and supportive network. We strive for an inclusive environment where, no matter our background, we can each thrive personally and professionally.


The work we do involves solving complex problems and, as such, provides us with unique learning experiences. We have a growth mindset, and regularly find opportunities for feedback, learning and development. We are responsible for our own professional development, supported by our managers. We strive for continuous improvement, not perfection.

Compensation and Benefits

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program that reflects the foundation's values and culture.

For employees based in the United States, health, time off, and retirement benefits include:

  • Medical/vision and dental for employees, spouses/domestic partners, and dependent children
    (100% of monthly premiums paid by the foundation)
  • Employee savings retirement plan and foundation sharing retirement plan
    (15% of eligible compensation contributed by the foundation)
  • Life (4 times employee annual salary, up to $3,000,000), Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and Long-Term Disability Insurance
    (100% of monthly premiums paid by the foundation)
  • Healthcare and dependent care reimbursement accounts via flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Independent primary and acute care clinic with wellness coaching located on our Seattle campus (100% paid by the foundation)
  • Voluntary benefits plans, including supplemental life/AD&D insurance, group accident insurance, pre-paid legal, long-term care, pet insurance, and discounted auto/home insurance
  • The foundation offers different types of paid time off and leaves of absence for eligible employees.
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off: employees are able to take the time they need for vacation or illness so they can return to work able to contribute fully to our missions.
    • Parental Leave: employees may take up to 52 continuous weeks of paid time off during the first year of their child's birth or adoption placement.
    • Personal & Family Medical Leave; employees are able to take up to 13 weeks of paid time off to care for the employee's own health condition or an eligible family member's illness.
    • In addition to most public holidays observed by those countries where we have offices, the foundation enjoys a paid holiday week between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Opportunities for continuing education, achieving personal and professional goals, and supporting the community include:

  • Employee matching gift and volunteer program for contributions to eligible organizations (up to $30,000 USD per year)
  • An annual benefit of $1,500 is provided to promote health and well-being through a Life Cycle Benefit.
  • Emergency assistance plan during business travel
  • Back-up care for children, adults/elders and self during recovery at home (e.g. after surgery)
  • Employee assistance program

Employees based in our non-U.S. locations also receive competitive salaries and generous benefits packages, reflective of local pay practices and aligned to the above offerings.

Equal Opportunity

The foundation is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to treating all employees and applicants equally without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran or marital status, sensory, physical or mental disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person, and all other bases protected by law. This policy covers all aspects of treatment of employees and applicants, including employment opportunities, compensation, hours of work, conditions of employment, promotions, demotions, transfers, recruitment, advertising, layoffs, and terminations.


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