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 work in education envisions a future where demographics (e.g. race and socioeconomic status) are not predictive of outcomes and every child enters adulthood with the knowledge, skills, habits and agency they need to realize their full potential. We achieve this by supporting an iteratively improving K-12 education system that makes sure all students are equitably prepared (i.e. each student is given exactly what they need). We believe transformational K-12 education honors the humanity of every student and educator and takes a whole child approach to education. We’re combining engineering with grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work to achieve this vision. Examples of the work CZI's education team supports include our efforts in close partnership with Gradient Learning to build tools for educators and students that are grounded in the science of learning and development. In Education, the technology team leads the ongoing development and improvement of the Summit Learning Platform ― a suite of tools that help teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student ― and Along ― an interactive video journal in its early pilot phase that makes it easier for teachers to help students reflect and grow throughout the year, forging strong relationships whether they’re in the classroom or learning remotely.
We’re looking for a Communications Manager to help tell the story of how CZI is partnering with researchers and educators to build technology tools that help teachers differentiate learning experiences to meet the needs of every student and strengthen connections. Reporting to the Communications Director for Education, the candidate will have strong experience in leveraging earned and owned media opportunities for impact and reach, managing rapid response communications and a track record of working within and across organizations to execute public relations campaigns. Experience in the education field and with working in matrixed organizations is a plus.
- Work directly with the education communications team to support the execution of their communications vision for the education initiative
- Help advance CZI’s racial justice work
- Lead proactive media outreach to promote our work and that of our key partners, including working directly with members of the media to pitch and manage stories and respond to media inquiries
- Develop strategic communications plans, creative campaigns, messaging documents, briefing memos statements and other communications materials
- Support senior Education Technology Initiative leaders in all of their public communications, including interviews, speeches, op-eds and columns
- Collaborate with portfolio companies to manage major announcements
- Identify creative opportunities to further our communications goals in education technology
- Partner with the Brand and Social teams to ensure seamless multi-platform communication of Education priorities and campaigns
- Work closely with subject matter experts to evaluate complex communications challenges and in order to develop and execute successful public campaigns
- 6+ years of experience in product communications or consumer communications
- Strong relationships with tech, business and consumer media
- Experience organizing editorial board meetings and high-profile press briefings and events
- Experience working cross-functionally (communications, policy, legal, product, etc.) to achieve goals
- Ability to work in a fast-paced and frequently changing work environment
- Rapid response and crisis communications experience
- 4+ years of experience as on-the-record spokesperson
- Willingness to work flexible hours as needed and traveling as needed to support the work