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 socio-economic backgrounds.
We’re looking for a dynamic and experienced policy professional to help develop the policy objectives and strategies for our CJ program and to help execute these strategies.
You will work under the supervision of the Policy Director for the Justice & Opportunity Initiative and alongside a cross-functional team of engineers, data scientists, service designers, advocacy and narrative strategists, grant officers, finance and venture capital experts, and researchers.
We’re looking for someone with criminal justice policy experience, but not necessarily a lawyer. Perhaps you have been a local advocate, worked at a think tank, or served in state government.
You can do deep research yourself, but also manage a team of consultants. You can get into the weeds to understand detailed policy design questions, but you can also think strategically about which policy objectives can help to build the political will and public support to resist rollback and win even more ambitious victories in the future.
- Help to proactively develop policy strategies to advance the CJ program’s objectives. You will identify the most promising policy ideas, target jurisdictions, and policy change mechanisms (e.g. legislation, ballot measures, administrative regulations, litigation). You will assess the political and technical feasibility of these ideas, potential implementation challenges, and recommend partners and grantees
- Evaluate CJ policy projects that are seeking funding from CZI
- Work with partners and grantees to execute priority policy projects to advance specific reforms
- Perform detailed research yourself, manage consultants, and recommend grants
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience working on criminal justice policy (e.g., as an advocate, practitioner, or researcher)
- Able to navigate intersections between CJ and other issue areas (e.g., employment, healthcare)
- Able to work with partners across the political spectrum
- A compelling point-of-view on how to advance criminal justice reform, informed by an awareness of the field and command of the latest policy thinking/research
- A passion for this work. We’re looking for motivation, energy and a growth-mindset
- Enthusiastic about working in a dynamic company, where decisions happen fast, ambiguity is not uncommon, and we learn by doing
- A servant leader and compassionate listener, who genuinely wants to learn alongside and from their colleagues and those we serve
- Fast and excellent writer
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Strong research skills. Can synthesize large amounts of information. Develop hypotheses, rigorously test them, and make clear recommendations
- Able to manage others on a project team
- Strong time management skills with ability to multi-task across projects
- Exceptional relationship-building skills, organizational awareness, and ability to persuade others, even without direct authority, to accomplish project objectives