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.
The CZI Finance team is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of information across all CZI initiatives and entities. We’re building a world-class accounting team and strive for excellence in everything we do. Accounting and reporting are complex and meaningful at a company as unique as CZI. Our goal is to maximize CZI’s current systems like Workday and Salesforce to help address that complexity and provide reporting to our business partners and external parties alike.
As our Foundation Accounting Manager, you will report to the Senior Accounting Manager of Reporting and be responsible for helping to lead the accounting and reporting of our Foundation. You should have strong technical accounting knowledge and be able to complete month-end operational tasks. You will need to think holistically and work towards an efficient and effective way to manage investments, grants accounting, and reporting. You will work with various other teams at CZI and external partners to lead these processes including FP&A, our Investments Team, the Ventures Team, the Grants Finance Team, the Grants Management-Team, and external consultants. It is important that you have experience working with a variety of teams and partners and have a collaborative approach.
In addition to month-end close and reporting, you will also work on various projects and tasks such as the annual audit, internal reporting, process documentation, and memorandums. You will also be encouraged to learn about our systems (Workday, SFDC) and understand them well enough to work with our internal IT teams.
We are looking for an accounting manager who has significant experience in technical accounting, has worked in a dynamic, fast-paced, environment, and is excited by the prospect of crafting processes and procedures. Ideal background would be in corporate accounting, technical accounting, or public accounting. You must have experience in project management and be able to execute a project from start to finish. A CPA license (active or inactive) is also required.
A successful candidate will have experience working with a variety of accounting topics and knowledge of accounting guidance. They will need to address technical accounting topics as well as consider tax requirements communicated by our tax team. Experience with investment valuations and methods is appreciated but not required.
- Lead the accounting and reporting of key areas such as investments and grants
- Build process documentation and internal controls
- Build and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting
- Leverage Workday, Salesforce, and other systems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of month-end close and reporting processes
- Review grant contracts to determine the proper accounting
- Upload and handle grants invoices and settlements (grants payable) including present value discounts
- Document investment accounting using relevant accounting guidance
- Manage annual audits
- Adapt accounting requirements as the investment teams diversify its portfolio
- Build out the accounting team’s process for structuring the accounting and record-keeping of investments in conjunction with the investment operations team
- Lead valuation engagements of direct investments as necessary
- Organize and review direct investment documentation and accounting
- 8+ years of relevant experience
- CPA license (active or inactive)
- Experience working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
- Sound understanding of US GAAP
- Curious demeanor and ability to ask probing questions
- Familiarity working in a dynamic environment with competing priorities
- Experience working with a variety of partners with an emphasis on collaboration