Founded by Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) is a new kind of philanthropy that’s leveraging technology to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.
We believe we can help build a future for everyone.
- We aim to be daring, but humble: We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
- We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
- Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.
Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first and second generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
At CZI we want to be a part of creating a future where every person can enjoy meaningful work, take care of their families, and live in a just society. Our work focuses on finding ways to strengthen our communities and help more families get ahead. We support organizations and partners working in Criminal Justice Reform (CJR), Economic Opportunity, Housing Affordability, and Immigration Reform.
As the Criminal Justice Reform Program Officer, you will be a key member of the criminal justice reform program team and also work closely with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative legal team. You will play a lead role in developing, implementing, and iterating on a pre-award grants process that effectively and efficiently meets the needs of the criminal justice reform program as well as our grantees.
This role is for you if you are someone with a passion for building and implementing systems to achieve measurable social impact in the world through grantmaking and who has good ideas about how to innovate and experiment with philanthropy. You believe in the importance of criminal justice reform and strengthening and celebrating the ecosystem of organizations that comprise the criminal justice reform movement.
- Design and implement the Criminal Justice Reform grants program, with a focus on pre-award processes
- Prepare grant recommendations and review proposals submitted for consideration; make site visits, as appropriate
- Ensure all pre-grant and open grant management requirements are met
- Communicate with grant applicants and grantees and serve as the primary contact for the CJR program; create systems to ensure greater collaboration and communications amongst grantees
- Arrange for technical assistance for grants, as needed
- Design and implement a standard monitoring process for criminal justice reform grants, including celebrating grantees internally and externally when appropriate
- Manage the evaluation of all grants made within the CJR program and prepare reports as requested
- Keep current on criminal justice reform issues of importance by literature review, contact with social and professional communities, and participating in relevant conferences;
- Provide support, when requested, for other program activities
- 5+ years in a program officer role
- Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to affect change
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience organizing, analyzing, presenting data, reaching conclusions and developing recommendations
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with a wide range of individuals