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

We’re looking for a Communications Associate to join our science team and push forward CZI’s communications in support of our science work. At CZI we believe that effective public communication is essential to having the impact we want to have on the world. We want to inspire others and tell the story of the important work that our grantees and partners are doing every day to dismantle systemic barriers to scientific progress. We also want to lift up the stories and voices of our partners and the people and communities they serve. The right person will have an understanding of the role that media and storytelling play in the issue area, strong writing and project management skills, and a belief in the importance of communications planning. The Communications Associate will report to the Manager of Communications for Science and work closely with the science program team, central brand & social teams, outside agencies and vendors, and CZI grantees.

You will

  • Work directly with the science communications team to execute the communications vision for the science initiative
  • Draft press releases, media pitches, social media posts, blog posts, briefing documents, and other core material in support of team projects and rollouts 
  • Work closely with outside partners to manage announcements and rollouts of major grants, investments, and partnerships
  • Assist in supporting the senior leadership team in their public communications, including speaking engagements, written materials (op-eds, columns, etc), and digital platforms
  • Identify creative opportunities to further our communications goals in science, including leveraging our digital platforms and identifying partnership and grant opportunities 
  • Partner with the central communications team to work on creative campaigns and ensure that there is seamlessness across all of our science content
  • Partner with the science technology team to develop marketing communications around various tools for researchers

You have

  • 2-3 years experience working in communications
  • Strong writing skills
  • Detailed-oriented and organized, with strong project management skills 
  • An understanding of the intersection of traditional and digital communications
  • Media experience, including researching and pitching reporters
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization 
  • Willingness to travel (estimated travel is 20%, domestic and international, after the pandemic)
  • Background in science, health or technology communications a plus
  • Experience working in nonprofits, agencies (PR or marketing) or startups a plus
  • Experience in product marketing a plus 
  • Creative skills (design, video) a plus
  • Crisis comms experience a plus 

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