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.
The CZI Community Team is working toward a future for everyone where people have the power to shape their communities. In partnership with local organizations, community leaders, and residents, we work to create greater opportunity for more residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our giving locally includes a responsive fund, a focus on homeless children and families, partnerships to improve health and education in the region, and giving in and around Redwood City, where CZI is headquartered.
The Associate will work closely with the Manager of Homeless Youth & Families portfolio and the broader CZI Community team to support the team’s growing Bay Area youth and family homelessness portfolio, with a specific focus on San Mateo County. The Associate will partner with key internal and external stakeholders to design and execute project plans, build and deepen relationships, and support the management of the team’s growing portfolio of grantees.
The ideal candidate has lived and/or professional experience with homelessness in the Bay Area, shares a commitment to bottom-up, community-informed philanthropy, is able to work independently, organized, detail-oriented, flexible, a problem solver, and will be able to plan around and through ambiguity.
- Drive the execution of projects within the Homeless Youth & Families portfolio--determine project goals and scope, set timeline and key milestones, proactively manage project deliverables and outcomes
- Establish positive and productive working relationships with diverse external stakeholders including grantees and non-profit partners, public sector partners and others to collaboratively drive work forward
- Work cross-functionally across the organization to build consensus and implement projects, partnering most closely with internal teams such as: Communications, Movement Capacity Building, Affordable Housing, Grants Management, Operations, and more
- Support management of the Homeless Youth & Families grants portfolio -- researching and identifying funding opportunities, engaging grantees through proposal and evaluation processes, supporting diligence of grant proposals, developing grant recommendations, and assessing grantee reports.
- Support efforts to engage impacted populations as active participants and decision makers in the way we work and build solutions
- Maintain expertise in project focus area(s), including staying up-to-date on research, program literature, interventions, and strategies around ending youth and family homelessness
- Design, plan, and coordinate special projects that fall within the CZI Community team’s purview as needed
- 3+ years professional work experience (lived experience with homelessness strongly preferred)
- Project management experience with ability to independently oversee time-sensitive, cross-functional projects from start to finish
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills -- the ability to build strong and productive relationships quickly with a diverse group of people to accomplish objectives
- Comfort with ambiguity in a rapidly changing environment and the ability to flex and adapt
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Excellent attention to detail and follow through