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 CZI's Education initiative. The strategist will foster collaboration with movement leaders and organizations to provide ecosystems of advocates, grantees, and stakeholders with the support to collaborate, build strategy to 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 education team, the MCB Strategist is responsible for developing and executing a Network and Movement Capacity Building strategy for and with our partner organizations. They will work with core Program team staff, the Network steering committee and contractors to design learning agendas, create curriculum, facilitate ongoing training cohorts, and execute multi-stakeholder convenings. This role is focused on building momentum and power in movements and coalitions, executing on systems change and strategy, catalyzing connections between research and practice, and supporting strategic partnerships.

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 transformational change. Experience in solidarity building and facilitation is required.

The MCB Strategist will work in cross-functional teams focusing initially on supporting a community of parents, students, teachers, school and district leaders, researchers, grassroots organizers, funders, public health and education policy advocates, through convenings , and collaboration opportunities to advance whole child approaches that support students to thrive and flourish in life beyond the classroom.

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 education reform space
  • Landscape and scope partner organizations, discerning their current capacities and key priorities to develop stronger partnerships in the field
  • To start, partner with the education teams’ Director of Community and Network and other key team members with co-design of webinars, virtual and in-person roundtables, communities of practice and convenings 
  • In keeping with our ethos as a learning organization, participate and inform knowledge management, team learning and evaluation efforts.
  • Support grant owners in improving CZI-grantee experience and provide expert strategy in movement and ecosystem investment
  • Drive the scoping, planning, execution and post-project analysis of a comprehensive capacity-building plan
  • Provide curriculum, facilitate ongoing training cohorts, potentially facilitate grants, and execute multi-stakeholder convenings to Serve as a senior network and 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 education  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 report to the education 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.
  • Strong self-awareness especially as it pertains to your racial/socio-economic identity, and demonstrated commitment to creating a culture of inclusion.
  • Credibility and experience working with impacted communities and community based organizations.
  • Significant, deep, experience teaching, leading and co-constructing with individuals, coalitions and networks.
  • Experience working with youth and/or students is desirable, although not a requirement.
  • 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 education reform space is a plus, but not required

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