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 Director of Operations for our Education Initiative will report to the Head of Education and ensure that we have operational excellence and a great team culture where our people can do some of their career’s best work at CZI.
Our team brings together a wide mix of domains and backgrounds including teachers, school and district leaders, educational research scientists and learning engineers, education policy leaders, software engineers, product managers, data scientists, designers and user researchers. We believe our vision to ensure that every student -- not just a lucky few -- gets the kind of education that will let themher realize theirher true potential is only possible with cross-sector, cross-functional collaboration. A focus of this role will be to shape our key operational processes and tools to create a strong foundation so these complex collaborations can happen fruitfully and efficiently.
- Be part of the Education Initiative leadership team where you will deeply understand our strategy, our different domain leaders and contribute to defining the culture that enables everyone to contribute their best work
- Serve as the primary interface to CZI’s central operations teams including recruiting, HR, finance, facilities and legal teams to represent the Education Initiative’s goals and needs
- Manage our grants approvals process and strategy for engaging responsibly with potential grantees
- Drive our key planning and ongoing management of planning, goals, and budgeting to ensure short-term agility with a solid eye towards building for the long-term
- Ensure we have the right internal tools and physical space setup to foster healthy collaboration and, strong internal knowledge management
- Drive our team culture to enable people of different backgrounds and experiences to feel integrated and work as a holistic team
- Manage our team communications and team moments including large group meetings to maximize their value and efficiency
- Support our proximity work and learning trips as both development and team building opportunities
- 8+ years’ professional experience with at least 2-4 years as a Director of Operations or similar role building processes at scale
- 5+ years' experience successfully building, developing and managing teams
- Seen processes scale with an org as it grows and the lessons which come from that
- Some philanthropy, non-profit or education sector experience a plus
- In-depth knowledge and experience building partnerships with a diverse set of business functions including Human Resource, Finance, Legal, Grants etc.
- Analytical thinking and problem solving experience weighing up both short and long term organizational needs
- Strong communication skills and the ability to manage change, navigate ambiguity, and drive efficiencies in order to achieve the objectives of the Education team