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 

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 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 engage 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, we’re looking for a dynamic and experienced manager to join our team.

The Manager will partner with key internal and external stakeholders to build out project plans, help the team execute on program strategy, lead on internal metrics and evaluation, and help scope and execute grants and projects to deliver on our North Stars. 

The ideal candidate is very process oriented, will be energetic, organized, detail-oriented, flexible, a problem solver, and will be able to plan around and through ambiguity. At least some previous people management experience is required. 

You will

  • Support team management and operations
    • Assist Program Director in managing the team to stay on track to meet team goals and commitments, including implementing tools / best practices to support excellent team and project management
    • Internal/external communications: draft memos or reports to the leadership team on a regular basis, develop regular cadence of internal and external communications and norms 
    • Team cohesion - support team culture, norms and team health by leading activities ranging from team offsites, onboarding new hires, running weekly meetings, and helping to hold team accountable for deliverables. 
    • Help lead implementation of inclusive grant making practices across the team, including expanding adoption of equity informed grantmaking processes and lifting up lessons learned with the larger CZI team. 
  • Program strategy and evaluation
    • Lead program evaluation project including managing the team data and analytics reporting of grants [quarterly basis] and coordinating with our internal evaluation team
    • Develop more formal frameworks (aka “investment thesis”) across Housing portfolios with other project leads. Synthesize existing program strategy and help narrow focus. 
    • Make suggestions and provide input on grant and investment strategies, partner engagement, and program direction
    • Thought partner: stay up-to-date on research, program literature, interventions, and strategies to help iterate on strategy or brainstorm ideas.
  • Project management and execution
    • Assist the planning and execution of ~2 high stakes and fast-moving existing projects within the housing portfolio
    • Diligence and execute grants for specific projects, potentially help other team members diligence grantees.
    • Work cross-functionally across the organization to build consensus and implement projects, partnering most closely with Communications, Community, Criminal Justice and more

You have

  • 8-10 years experience with at least some years in the housing/homelessness or social justice field
  • Comfort with ambiguity in a rapidly changing environment and the ability to flex and adapt
  • Excellent project management, organizational, and time management skills
  • Experience managing others - this could include non direct reports (ie. interns or peers in a structured way)
  • 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.
  • Experience with the following office tools a plus: Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Spreadsheets, Slack, Salesforce

Nice to have

  • Philanthropy experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Housing finance experience
  • Familiarity with California housing issues 

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