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.
Our Education team brings together a diverse set of technologists, grant-makers, strategists and former teachers. All of us are here compelled to build a future for everyone.
You will make and manage grants under our inclusive design portfolio. Your portfolio is focused on shifting traditional power dynamics and working to support community-proximate organizations. The organizations funded through your portfolio are developing diverse and antiracist education leaders and building capacity in the areas of race equity and DEI in education.
You will also partner with peer funders to pilot practices informed by and aligned to participatory grantmaking. Key to this approach is an ability to learn earnestly from others and center the experience of our grantees and communities when crafting strategies and outcomes.
Our ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and has successfully managed scaled change efforts toward greater equitable outcomes.
This role is based at our Redwood City HQ office (based remotely until 2021 and SIP is lifted) and will report into our Director, Inclusive Design.
- Build and maintain trusting relationships with senior leaders and key stakeholders across the leadership pipeline and race equity in education spaces
- Implement inclusive design principles to develop internal models and support team-wide adoption; lift up lessons across larger CZI team
- Generate and shepherd inclusive design grant recommendations
- Develop new and manage existing grantee relationships
- Collaborate with capital supports manager to provide infrastructure support and additional tools beyond grants to support grantee goals and growth trajectories
- Research and scope out new opportunities for the inclusive design grants portfolio
- Build and apply structured frameworks to evaluate programmatic decisions
- Support other inclusive design team functions, namely capacity building and learning
- Represent CZI in outward-facing relationships with partner organizations and co-funders
- 7+ years of professional experience in education or equivalent experience in related fields
- Consistent track record to make decisions in fluid environments with limited information
- Strong inclusive design and racial consciousness content understanding
- Successful experience managing a budget and advocating for resources
- Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication with the ability to build positive relationships easily and with authenticity at all levels of the organization and external stakeholders
- Excellent project management capabilities: you are able to lead multiple, sophisticated work streams and prioritize projects concurrently
- Relationships, experience, and familiarity within the education space is required
- Experience in school systems, and/or education philanthropy is a plus
- Passion for our mission and desire to contribute to an innovative organization that is balancing start-up hustle with long-term impact