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 Science Initiative at CZI supports science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Our support takes many forms: grantmaking, collaborating directly with researchers, developing technology and tools, and building support for scientific research.
With our Open Science and Science in Society programs we aim to empower more people to engage in open, collaborative, and reproducible research practices as well as build public trust in science, by working with a large network of community partners.
We are seeking a Project Manager to handle programmatic operations for the two teams. This role will be split between the two teams, with similar duties and responsibilities for both. The two teams work alongside each other, however they have two separate streams of work. This role will report to the Science Program Officer for Open Science and will work closely with both the program teams and with CZI’s science, technology, and communications teams.
The successful candidate will support project management and manage growing portfolios of grants and partnerships. The right candidate will be adept at navigating a fast-moving organization and finding the right balance between structure and flexibility. They will be able to manage disparate projects simultaneously and seamlessly move between the two teams.
About the teams:
The Open Science team’s vision is to accelerate the pace and reproducibility of science through enabling open science practices such as methods, data, and software sharing. We aim to achieve this goal by shifting incentives and culture in scientific communities towards early, open sharing and collaboration. We work with organizations and teams that advance openness in biomedical research through support for infrastructure, computational capacity building, and output sharing.
The Science in Society team works with patient communities, scientists, policymakers, advocates and philanthropic partners to build public trust in science and bring biomedical research closer to the communities it aims to serve. We work cross-functionally with our technology, advocacy, and engagement teams to strengthen communities and partnerships, advance policy, and build infrastructure to accelerate research. Our current initiatives aim to advance patient-driven research and enhance public trust and engagement in science.
- Help drive the planning, execution and evaluation of grants programs and projects across the two teams
- Develop and implement project management systems, processes, and tools to track task status and ensure work gets completed and aligns with programmatic goals
- Manage high complexity projects through all phases of the project lifecycle: work with the teams to develop specific project roadmaps; track progress toward project goals and deliverables; oversee project plans, trackers, documentation and closeout.
- Support the management of the teams’ grants and partnerships portfolios, including facilitating output tracking and internal review processes and requirements
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure project deliverables are met
- Serve as a liaison to the grantmaking, operations and finance teams for all operational questions related to grantmaking, contracting, or budgeting across the two teams.
- Coordinate convenings/gatherings to advance the team’s broader work
- Manage team meetings - create and distribute agendas, take notes, and assign and follow up on action items
- Help foster a culture of cross-functional collaboration in our matrixed organization
- Minimum 3-5 years professional experience managing projects and working with multidisciplinary teams
- Strong project management and organizational skills - an ability to get things done, identify bottlenecks, and develop creative solutions
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and determine priorities
- Experience with or willingness to learn a variety of project management frameworks and tools
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Excellent attention to detail, deadlines and follow-through
- Willingness and ability to work collaboratively, adapt to a dynamic work environment, and navigate complexity to deliver results
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage internal team members and partners at all levels
- Background or interest in life sciences or health fields preferred
- Experience with open science, public engagement in science, or relevant initiatives preferred