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.
We’re looking for a Communications Associate to join our science team and push forward CZI’s communications in support of our science work. At CZI we believe that effective public communication is essential to having the impact we want to have on the world. We want to inspire others and tell the story of the important work that our team is doing every single day to address systemic barriers to scientific progress. We also want to lift up the stories and voices of the partners we work with and the people and communities they serve. The right person will have a strong grounding in earned and owned media, an understanding of the role that media and storytelling play in the issue area, experience with crisis communications, and a belief in the importance of communications planning. The Communications Associate will report directly to the Director of Communications for Science and work closely with the science program team, central brand & social, and CZI grantees to push forward our work.
- Work directly with the science communications team to support the execution of their communications vision for the science initiative
- Work directly with members of the media to pitch and manage stories and respond to media inquiries
- Draft planning memos, briefing documents, blog posts, newsroom posts, social media posts, and other core material in support of team projects and rollouts
- Work closely with outside partners to manage rollouts and announcements of major grants, investments, and partnerships
- Identify creative opportunities to further our communications goals in science
- Support the senior leadership in all of their public communications, including speeches, written materials (op-eds, columns, etc), and digital platforms
- Partner with the central communications team to ensure that there is seamlessness across all of our communications platforms around science work
- 4+ years working in communications
- Strong writing skills
- Communications planning experience
- An understanding of the intersection of traditional and digital communications
- On the record experience
- Experience working in a matrixed organization
- Background in science and/or experience in science communications a plus
- Experience working in nonprofits a plus