Engineering Manager, Product, Education
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 grant-making, 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 grant-making, 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. Examples of the work CZI's education team supports include the Summit Learning Program, a personalized approach to teaching and learning that enhances the quality of student-teacher interactions and empowers educators to tailor instruction to individual student needs.
You will be responsible for an engineering team that owns the core product experiences students and teachers use daily in the classroom for learning and teaching, which includes how:
- Teachers facilitate personalized projects where students can build and demonstrate cognitive skills.
- Students work through content and assessments at their own pace.
- Teachers individualize instruction using real-time data.
- Students work with teacher mentors to develop a growth mindset, emotional intelligence, and self-directed learning skills.
If you are mission-driven and are excited about building and supporting high-performing engineering teams, we want to hear from you.
- Build, lead, and manage the Core Product engineering team for the Learning Platform team, particularly with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Participate in technical discussions, communicate cross-functionally, and define and drive an engineering roadmap
- Partner closely with PM/Design/UXR/Data and our external TLP partners to prioritize, scope, and execute the product changes necessary to support students and teachers in the daily classroom experiences that will lead to quality implementation and student outcomes.
- Set up appropriate levels of team process to enable individual growth and autonomy while up-leveling the team’s ability to execute strongly.
- Manage a team of 10-15 (both directly and indirectly by supporting a junior manager), providing coaching and feedback for engineers across a wide range of seniority levels, growing tech leads and future managers internally
- Work with other engineering managers to drive team culture, recruiting, engineering best practices, and cross-team resourcing and priorities.
- 10+ years of experience in roles related to software engineering and development, with at least 5+ years of professional software engineering experience
- 5+ years of experience in software people and program management
- 1+ years managing other people managers
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a bias toward an open, transparent and egalitarian cultural practices
- Demonstrated ability to create highly aligned and productive teams and working environments with a diverse set of stakeholders
- Experience with development projects at various stages of maturity (concept to ship to end-of-life), with emphasis on distributed web applications