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

The mission of CZI Science is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Interdisciplinary teams of physicians, biologists, computational scientists, and engineers can expand our understanding of the human body and illness — the very science behind medicine. CZI fosters collaboration between scientists and engineers, develops tools and technologies, and builds support for basic scientific research. Examples of the work CZI Science is supporting include the Human Cell Atlas, a global project to create a complete reference map of all the cells in the human body; and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, an independent nonprofit research hub to bring scientists and engineers together from Stanford, UCSF, UC Berkeley, along with the engineering team from CZI.

The Science Team is seeking a Science Program Associate to work on the Single-Cell Biology Program. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and managing project management systems and processes for internal and external teams working at the intersection of experimental biology, computational biology, and data science. You will be working closely with both CZI staff and external grantees and partners, monitoring project timelines and deliverables, identifying bottlenecks and working creatively with team members to implement solutions.

You will

  • Provide general operational support for the work of the Single-Cell Biology Program team and coordinate our Program work with other CZI teams, including Operations, Grants, Communications and Tech. 
  • Work together with the program teams and leads to develop and implement tracking and project management systems and timelines for Program initiatives and projects. Oversee updates to existing CRM and database systems and keep Program projects on track.
  • Contribute to Community Building efforts on the Single-Cell Biology program by working closely with internal staff external grantees and partners. Work with our Program and Communications teams to organize our communications to our grantees including emails communications, newsletters and webinars. Manage and update our Program websites. Support our Convenings staff in organizing meetings and convenings.

You have

  • 3+ years working within interdisciplinary teams.
  • PhD or biology degree is not required but work experience in a scientific domain is preferred.
  • Project management experience. Project Management certificate would be preferred.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills. We use a variety of systems for our project work including Slack, Salesforce, Asana, Pardot, WordPress. Familiarity with these systems/tools and ability to learn new systems and take the lead in evaluating and introducing these systems and tools to our teams.
  • Attention to detail and deadlines. You will play a critical role in keeping the work of our Program teams on track and on schedule. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will play a critical role in organizing our work and keeping us connected, so strong communication skills are a must. As part of our Program work, you will be contributing to written materials like Newsletters, blog posts, project summaries, strategy documents and ideally will have experience communicating within scientific settings.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multifunctional team. You are great at juggling multiple tasks and deadlines and can self-organize your own work and time. 
  • A willingness to learn and adapt to a dynamic, exciting work environment. 
  • A positive “can-do” attitude. We are experimental and often piloting new ideas, so flexibility and an ability to think creatively and work without an existing roadmap will be critical.
  • An ability to get things done, to identify bottlenecks and develop creative solutions.
  • Experience with consensus building within multi-faceted projects that involve diverse external and internal stakeholders.

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