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William H. Gates Sr. Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health 
at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Location: Baltimore, MD

Deadline: December 15, 2023

Type of position: Full-time

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health invites applications for the Director of the William H. Gates Sr. Institute, formerly the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

The Gates Institute

The Gates Institute, founded in 1999 with the mission of “Scholarship and Science for Social Change,” is a trailblazer for innovation in the field of family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics. The Gates Institute uses transformative approaches to accelerate locally led progress in sexual and reproductive health and rights, population dynamics, gender equity, and equitable development. The Institute is based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH). The Institute, Department and School support a diverse and inclusive community.


William H. Gates Sr. was a philanthropist, lawyer, and humanitarian who championed causes related to global equity and campaigns to address vaccine- preventable diseases, reduce infant mortality, promote reproductive health, and build schools. His investment in the vision that created the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (now William H. Gates Sr. Institute), followed by additional investments from the Gates Foundation and other philanthropic organizations and individuals, has allowed us to engage in groundbreaking research, lead innovative programs, and make “positive disruptions” to increase family planning access and improve reproductive health for all individuals, communities, and countries across the world.


The Candidate

The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of research and/or practice accomplishments, highly effective program building, understanding of the sexual and reproductive health landscape and future directions, appreciation of the international development field and funding mechanisms, success in resource mobilization and donor relationship management, a strong equity lens, and a compelling vision for the Institute.  While leadership in research is not a required characteristic of the next Director, appreciation of the importance of, and advocacy for, basic as well as applied research and the value of evidence-based interventions and practice is essential. All candidates should have a passion for translating evidence to impact.

The future Director is expected to develop a shared vision and goals focusing on leading the International Conference on Family Planning and the 5 core areas of the Institute. The core areas include: research, measurement and data monitoring; policy, advocacy, and community-building; scaling best practices; identifying Next Generation Leaders; and demographic futures, population, and environment. The candidate must also demonstrate the ability to align strategy and direction with diverse funder priorities while maintaining focus on the overall vision of the Institute.

Applicants should have demonstrated leadership in running a global health organization or division of a larger entity with responsibility for leading large, multidisciplinary teams. In addition, the ideal candidate will evince a commitment to fostering the careers of others and training the next generation of leaders in areas consistent with the Gates Institute’s mission. Given the rich opportunities within the Bloomberg School and the Johns Hopkins University, a willingness to collaborate and advance the mission of these larger entities is strongly desired.  The successful candidate will participate fully as senior faculty in PFRH with faculty rank commensurate with experience. Doctoral degree preferred.

Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health (PFRH)

PFRH is one of 10 academic departments at the Bloomberg School which is home to more than 870 full-time faculty and 3,600 graduate-level students. The School has been ranked the #1 school of public health by U.S. News & World Report since rankings began in 1994. The main campus, where the Institute is located, is in East Baltimore. Both the East Baltimore campus and the broader University, including a campus in Washington DC, support a collaborative and highly interactive environment with a superb research and practice infrastructure.


Please send your curriculum vitae and cover letter stating your interest and vision of leadershipfor the role to: and include “Director, Gates Institute” in the subject line.




JHU offers a competitive salary and benefits, with the position based in Baltimore, MD. The Director may be appointed as a non-tenured faculty or a senior staff member, depending on the profile and professional interest of the candidate. If necessary, JHU will sponsor a visa for the successful candidate.


Johns Hopkins University has retained BroderickHaight Consulting, LLC to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to BroderickHaight Consulting and will be handled in strict confidence. 


The deadline for applications is December 15, 2023.


The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity for its faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, military status, immigration status, or other legally protected characteristic. The University is committed to providing qualified individuals access to all academic and employment programs, benefits, and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance, and merit without regard to personal factors that are irrelevant to the program involved.

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