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.
At CZI, we believe that housing affordability plays a key role in education, health outcomes, community cohesion, and equal opportunity. Addressing housing affordability will enable more people to pursue their full potential. In California and the Bay Area, especially, the crisis has reached a tipping point and we believe there is an opportunity to play our part in addressing housing affordability in our backyard. We want to take fundamentally new approaches to housing and engaging with affected communities to ensure that they are at the center of their own solution-making from problem definition to solution execution. We believe our strengths in advocacy, technology, and investing position us to infuse innovation and to help scale proven solutions in housing. To help execute on projects across our housing portfolio focused on advocacy, we’re looking for a dynamic and experienced Advocacy Associate to join our team.
The ideal candidate has a background in campaigns, social movements, or elections, will be energetic, organized, detail-oriented, flexible, a problem solver, and will be able to plan around and through ambiguity.
- Partner with key internal and external stakeholders to build out project plans, deepen relationships, assist on at least 2-3 current projects, and eventually lead on 1-2 projects
- Assist on 2-3 advocacy projects within CZI’s Housing Affordability portfolio, engaging and convening with partners to create conditions for policy reforms
- Help to plan and execute convenings (grantee meetings, strategy summits, legislative & issue advocacy specific events) in partnership with CZI grantees
- Provide project management and logistics leadership to support grant giving activities and other advocacy goals
- Help scope out new projects as opportunities emerge
- Make suggestions and provide input on grant and investment strategies, partner engagement, and policy development
- Help draft and execute individual grants
- Support investment opportunities
- Maintain and manage policy trackers to keep team up to speed on local and statewide policy development
- Maintain expertise in project focus area(s), including staying up to date on research, program literature, interventions, and strategies
- Work cross-functionally across the organization to build consensus and implement projects, partnering most closely with the Justice & Opportunity teams including Housing Affordability, Criminal Justice Reform, Operations, and others
- Assist in drafting memos or reports to leadership
- 4+ years of experience in advocacy such as campaigns, organizing, non-profit sector, etc
- Familiarity with housing affordability and/or California advocacy organizations a plus
- Comfort with ambiguity in a rapidly changing environment and the ability to flex and adapt
- Strong project management, organizational, and time management skills
- Experience independently managing multiple projects
- Excellent attention to detail and follow through
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills -- the ability to build strong and productive relationships quickly with a diverse group of people