Founded by 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 society’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education. Across our core initiatives of Science and Education, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and advocacy, to progress in our mission of building 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 Movement Capacity Building (MCB) Strategist will report to the Director of Movement Capacity Building. This role encompasses expertise in movement building, organizing and capacity building. The first CZI issue area that this hire will be embedded in is Housing. This strategist will begin their engagement by working closely with CZI’s Housing Affordability team to support housing reform movements in building real power and achieving their strategic goals. The strategist will foster collaboration with movement leaders and organizations to provide ecosystems of advocates, grantees, and stakeholders with the support to generate strategy, win policy victories, build infrastructure, and create lasting change. This person should be able to apply their skills to multiple subject matter portfolios.

In partnership with our Housing Affordability team, the MCB Strategist is responsible for developing and executing a Movement Capacity Building strategy for and with our partner organizations. They will work with contractors to create curriculum, facilitate ongoing training cohorts, and execute multi-stakeholder convenings. This role is focused on building power in movements and coalitions, executing on systems change and advocacy strategy and supporting grantees with training needs, and partnering with groups to support the capacity development of a range of housing advocacy and membership organizations.

The ideal candidate is energetic, organized, detail-oriented, flexible, positive, passionate, a problem solver, and possesses excellent communication and relationship-building skills. Candidates should also have a strong understanding of movements and a clear organizing philosophy, as well as experience working with leaders and grassroots activists. Candidates must have a background in applied organizing and systems change advocacy. Experience in solidarity building and facilitation is required.

You will

  • Respectfully engage and be in service of partners in the development and execution of a strategy that will build the capacity of key organizations and leaders, starting within the California housing reform space
  • Landscape and scope partner organizations, discerning their current capacities and key needs to develop more advocacy strength and stronger partnerships in the field
  • Drive the scoping, planning, execution and post-project analysis of a comprehensive capacity-building plan
  • Provide curriculum, facilitate ongoing training cohorts, provide capacity building grants and execute multi-stakeholder convenings to develop stronger capacity starting within the housing reform movement in California as requested by the movement
  • Serve as a senior movement strategist with advocacy expertise within CZI and engage in planning within the broader ecosystem
  • Manage and source contractors to support the capacity building needs of on the ground partners ensuring timelines are met with high quality product
  • Research, prepare, and organize materials to be used for various reports, meetings, and presentations, both internally and externally
  • Maintain broad visibility into work across the CZI issue areas starting with Housing Affordability team to ensure there is collaboration and consistency in best practices for grantmaking, capacity-building, and respectful engagement with partners
  • Work effectively within a highly-cross functional team, reporting to the Director of MCB, with a dotted line to the Issue area starting with the  Housing Affordability team

You have

  • 5+ years experience working as a program or project manager successfully driving time-sensitive, cross-functional advocacy,  community organizing and capacity building work.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Expertise in training and facilitation
  • Experience managing multiple staff or contractors
  • Ability to lead, collaborate, and work with a diverse team across various geographies
  • Strong time management skills with ability to multi-task across projects
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills, organizational awareness, and ability to collaborate with others to accomplish project objectives
  • Ability to work with highly-technical staff and grassroots/community-based partners alike
  • Experience working within the California housing reform space is a plus, but not required

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