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.
Our work in education is aimed at ensuring that every student — not just a lucky few — can get an education that’s tailored to their individual needs and supports every aspect of their development. We’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work to help every young person enter adulthood with the skills and abilities they need to reach their full potential — and equip every teacher with the tools and research they need to help students get there.
We pursue this work through investments and partnerships using a whole child approach, which is grounded in the science of learning and development. We define whole child through our framework for Comprehensive Student Development (CSD), which include attention to the holistic set of domains critical for healthy development: academic, cognitive, social emotional, identity development and physical and mental health.
We believe a critical lever for creating more supportive and rigorous whole child learning environments is partnership and collaborations amongst researchers and practitioners from disciplines across the domains of the CSD framework. One effort in this endeavor is the early development of the CSD Network including practitioners from education, health, youth development and clinical practice, as well as researchers across multiple domains including educational research, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience and public health. The purpose of the CSD network is to create a community of leading practitioners and researchers who can work collaboratively to spark a paradigm shift in education and accelerate momentum toward the vision of thriving young people with the knowledge, skills, habits and agency to contribute to their world.
As a first main project, this role will have an opportunity to support the early stages of this Network, engaging in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and supporting the design and execution of events and convenings for learning and community building.
- Support development of the Network using pilot participants to build a proof of concept and design for strategic growth.
- Design and lead potential mini-convenings, roundtables and/or communities of practice focused on key themes/levers
- Manage communications and connections amongst Network members and across internal CZI teams
- Create structures to share knowledge across the Network with the goal of advancing the field, grounding practice in research, and informing research through practice.
- Manage the grantmaking portfolio, of various award levels, attached to the Network to support unique collaborations and pursue deeper learnings
- Engage and strategically partner with other funders in connection to network areas of focus
- Prior experience in education in schools, non-profits or other partnering organizations
- Excellent project management skills, including experience working with a diverse set of stakeholders to define needs and scope projects
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- 7-10 years of related professional experience, including:
- Experience facilitating and sustaining collaborative partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups
- Experience managing interdisciplinary projects and creative approaches to connecting the dots across research, practice, people and ideas
- Ability to problem solve and remain flexible in the face of any uncertainty or conflict
- Experience in a dynamic, energizing environment with the entrepreneurial drive to chart a course for this work