Founded by 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.

Our Values

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.

The Opportunity

You will be CZI’s first and sole employment counsel and a key member of CZI’s growing Legal team. You will be an integral partner to our People team as we establish systems and processes for managing and empowering our most important asset—our employees, who currently number approximately 300 with plans to continue rapidly scaling. In addition to working with educators, scientists, criminal justice reformers, and changemakers to help CZI achieve its ambitious mission, you will be a thought partner to our HR team in all aspects of employment law, from recruiting, employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, talent development and management, employee branding to  building new systems and processes that successfully build a high performing and engaged employee workforce. You will also be an essential contributor to building and developing our CZI culture in partnership with our People team. We are looking for a strategic thinker who is eager to execute on both routine and complex tasks and projects, and who can appropriately balance operational priorities and risk. If you are a mission-oriented, systems-driven thinker who enjoys creative problem solving and collaborating across multiple functions, you will fit right in. Come help us reimagine technology-focused philanthropy! We can’t wait to hear from you.

You will

  • Build, execute, and be responsible for CZI’s employment law function, from both a strategic and execution perspective
  • Be a thought partner to business leaders, People Team members
  • Thought partner with leadership and advise executive team in supporting CZI initiatives, such as diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, compensation and benefit strategies, manager development, recruiting strategies and other employee-related company goals
  • Draft, review, and revise policies, agreements, templates, playbooks, and other employment-related documents
  • Advise and provide strategic support to partners on employment-related matters, including, but not limited to, hiring, regulatory compliance, talent development, investigations, accommodations, terminations, and contractor classifications.
  • Strategically lead and successfully resolve pre-litigation and litigation matters
  • Provide strategic and practical advice on statutory and policy language with the goal of maintaining a nimble and responsive approach while balancing the needs of a scaling organization
  • Develop and/or coordinate internal compliance measures relating to business and legal policies, including regular training sessions for staff and department heads
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and industry best practices (or create our own CZI-best practices), and work to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance
  • Strategically engage, work with, and manage outside counsel partnerships
  • Eagerly contribute to general team and organizational operations, including taking on special projects or backfilling other functions, as necessary

You have

  • Minimum of 8 years of law firm and in-house experience; ideal candidates will have experience at multiple organizations, including a tech sector employer, and at least one previous position at a rapidly scaling organization. Salary and title commensurate with experience
  • Diverse tool set, including employee relations and counseling, compensation, benefits, performance management and talent development, investigations, leaves of absence and accommodations, and recruiting
  • Interest in partnering with leadership and People team to build and define CZI culture and operational norm
  • Knowledge of, and experience advising clients on, California-specific employment laws and regulations
  • Experience developing processes and controls for risk mitigation, ideally at a scaling organization. Examples include contingent workforce classifications, recruiting policies for increasing diverse candidate pools, and managing employee data
  • Aptitude for building credibility quickly and providing legal guidance while maintaining positive and successful relationships with stakeholders
  • Exceptional judgement and demonstrated ability to balance competing priorities while efficiently executing multiple projects
  • Comfort speaking and writing about complex matters with sufficient simplicity and pragmatism to communicate clearly with both legal and non-legal partners across all levels of the organization
  • Ability to anticipate and grapple with developing areas of law, including regulatory changes and evolving judicial precedent
  • The necessary skill set to effectively work within a highly matrixed and growing organization in a fast-paced and continuously evolving environment
  • A learning and growth mindset coupled with humility and mission-oriented sensibilities
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to partner with a wide variety of internal teams, including engineering, product, creative, and grantmaking teams
  • Sense of humor, initiative, and an ability to roll up your sleeves on both big and small projects while thinking strategically and creatively
  • Demonstrated interest in successfully taking initiative on projects with high degree of responsibility and complexity while also balancing confidentiality with keeping relevant stakeholders informed
  • Desire to be involved in other areas of the organization as time permits, including compliance
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • JD (required); Bar admission and in good standing in at least one state, preferably California



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