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.
By pairing engineers with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity teams, we can bring technology to the table in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy experts 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.
Through advocacy, grantmaking, technology, and innovation, we work to drive change and build opportunities for those impacted by the justice system. As a Senior Product Designer for the Criminal Justice program of the Justice & Opportunity Initiative, you will create technology products for communities, advocates, and practitioners within the criminal justice system. In this role, you will help set the foundation for a suite of criminal justice products that will include:
- Tools to support reform-minded prosecutors and improve prosecutorial decision-making
- Applications to support our growing portfolio of second chances work, including our recently announced Clean Slate agenda.
You can read more about how CZI is thinking about the intersection of criminal justice and technology here in this Fast Company article.
- Partner closely with a cross-functional team to clearly understand human needs, and then translate them into meaningful product ideas that we can qualitatively test and quantitatively measure.
- Work closely with PMs, engineers, and managers to frame and scope projects
- Produce user flows that will solve problems and also drive the vision of the product
- Bring designs to life through prototyping and working closely with engineering to implement designs
- Introduce new design patterns or standards that will become adopted by others
- Be an advocate for product quality
- Play a key role in a growing our design team through craft leadership
- Experience designing and shipping products that demonstrate a high level of empathy for people using the product
- Demonstrated leadership on end-to-end product design process from concept to implementation
- Fluency in designing for responsive web and mobile and an understanding of best practices for delivering software
- Clear communication and facilitation skills that drive effective decision making on a cross functional team
- A fearlessness for diving into complex systems-design problems
- Passion for designing responsibly and ethically
- Curious, collaborative and inclusive spirit
- A portfolio that clearly outlines the problems you were tackling with your design work and shows what you value as a designer.