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.
CZI’s criminal justice program is expanding quickly, and we’re looking for a dynamic Program Manager to drive high-impact projects and operational initiatives to completion across our criminal justice and early immigration work. You will help develop and drive overall program strategy and will lead execution of our impact evaluation process to help sharpen our point-of-view.You are expected to drive results in the field as well as for our team. This is an opportunity to play a key, high-visibility role in a dynamic, cross-functional team that is leveraging grantmaking, advocacy, and technology development to hasten and deepen criminal justice reform efforts across the country.
We are looking for someone who will be energized by working on an initiative with significant organization-wide visibility and within a highly cross-functional team, including engineers, data scientists, service designers, criminal justice policy experts, advocacy strategists, narrative strategists, grant officers, finance and venture capital experts, and researchers.
- Under general supervision of the director of our criminal justice and immigration programs, drive critical priorities for our criminal justice programs by leading and supporting projects of all sizes from concept to implementation
- Keep cross-functional partners and program leadership enrolled and informed throughout project development and execution
- Partner with internally-facing initiatives related to research, program development, or finance; and externally-facing initiatives and partnerships with criminal justice reform leaders, philanthropic partners, and technology leaders
- Work closely with partners and experts across various fields
- Support all strategic planning, periodic leadership reviews, and program evaluation efforts (both programmatic and financial, as needed)
Help CZI’s criminal justice team look ahead for the next several years to codify and sharpen our strategic plans ensuring we effectively enroll our teams in achieving a well-differentiated set of goals
- Synthesize input and expertise from program staff, cross-functional experts, and external advisors into our strategic plan
- Prepare updates and analyses of program and partner performance for periodic/budgeting/planning reviews with leadership
- Lead our program’s annual budget planning processes
- Work with data and apply basic quantitative/statistical techniques to collect, transform, analyze, and visualize data.
- Develop data-driven cases to support and/or interrogate key investments and program activities
- Support, under the general direction established by CZI’s Director of Research and other partners, the criminal justice programs’ impact evaluation process. Our programs have North Star metrics by which evaluate past and future investments. You will assist in sharpening these metrics, testing them against emerging standards in the field, developing processes for ongoing consideration of our metrics, and ensuring that our approach to evaluation lifts up perspectives and measures that have traditionally been excluded in philanthropy and business.
- 4+ years of relevant experience executing major initiatives or projects in a complex organization -- public, private, or not-for-profit organization -- is strongly preferred
- Deep passion for criminal justice reform
- Ability to work with people and partners with varied backgrounds, perspectives, political affiliations, and viewpoints
- Experience with data analysis and statistical methods
- Experience managing budgets
- Comfort working in an ambiguous, matrix environment, where decisions happen fast and we learn by doing
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong attention to detail and time management skills with the ability to multitask across projects