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.

Our Values

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 Opportunity

By pairing technical leaders with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity teams, we can bring technology to life in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy specialists better address the myriad challenges they face. Our technology team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world as they develop a comprehensive reference atlas of all cells in the human body.

Our team is seeking a creative, inquisitive, and versatile product management director to lead our Science product work who is passionate about the exploration, visualization, and transformation of scientific data and knowledge. You will work closely with a collaborative team of scientists, computational biologists, engineers, designers, user researchers, and data scientists to create software tools that accelerate the pace of the biological sciences. Example projects include Meta, which helps biomedical scientists understand research that is meaningful to their work and delivers it real-time to their personal feeds, napari, next-generation visualization of microscopy data, cellxgene, an interactive explorer for single-cell transcriptomics data within our Single-Cell program whose mission is to build a comprehensive reference map of all human cells - the fundamental units of life - as a basis for understanding human health and monitoring, diagnosing, and treating disease, and IDseq a hypothesis-free platform for identifying infectious disease. This is an excellent opportunity for a person with deep product leadership skills, outstanding people management skills, and a passion for science.

You will

  • Lead, coach, inspire and build the science initiative’s product management team
  • Collaborate with Science, Product Management, User Research, Design, Software Engineering, Data Science, and Computational Biology leaders to identify, gather, curate, and evaluate high impact projects
  • Direct product roadmaps with internal, external teams, and stakeholders
  • Develop our technical leaders’ product management skillsets
  • Ensure strategies and theories of impact are in place
  • Ensure the ecosystem and tool market is understood. What is the build, buy, partner strategy? Why should CZI invest or not invest in a particular effort?
  • Ensure scientific users and their needs are well defined
  • Ensure the definition and prioritization of well-defined goals and requirements
  • Map out resource needs and recruit product team members of all levels
  • Lead a multi-level team (manager of managers) and lead a growing product team
  • Ensure plans are landed and are executed
  • Communicate the strategies and roadmaps to the rest of the organization

You have

  • 8+ years direct product management experience
  • 5+ years experience leading a team of product managers
  • 3+ years experience managing managers.
  • Ability to mentor product managers, engineers, designers, and scientists who have not built products on how to work together to build great solutions
  • Ability to grasp and distill sophisticated user needs into understandable solutions
  • Ability to communicate optimally with and influence different audiences
  • Ability to refine product goals into metrics and make data-informed decisions
  • A track record of attracting and recruiting exceptional talent
  • Work experience in start-ups or evidence you thrive in a fast-moving environment
  • Knowledge of current trends in product management, best practices, and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to build a highly aligned and productive team and working environment, across both distributed and ad hoc teams, with fluid and/or diverse goals
  • Experience with development projects at various stages of maturity (concept to ship to end-of-life)
  • Experience in science or biomedical research is a plus

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