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.
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.
You will establish organizational and operating strategy and parameters for implementation projects, shape proposals with external partners to achieve practice goals, track the progress of such projects and problem-solve around challenges, and, more generally, build lasting relationships with diverse external agencies, nonprofits, programs, and service providers around these priorities. You will engage actively in multiple complex projects with external stakeholders for the duration of the projects (months or years), and will partner internally with CZI Education team members to drive projects forward.
Given the scope of the work planned, the ideal candidate needs experience with management, strategy, communications, and operations, including thinking through financial, legal, operational, and other practical issues to bring plans to life. Since most of the resources to execute plans will be in organizations outside CZI, this person will need experience and interest in working with both internal and external partners in flexible, collaborative and empathetic ways.
- Collaborate with team members to integrate and operationalize a strategy for implementation of programs and products
- Recommend grant opportunities to support practice-related initiatives based on strategic fit, probability of success, and predicted size of impact
- Engage with key partners (both service providers and school/district partners) on practice development, delivery models, and capacity building to refine their operational plans and goals to be realistic and achievable, with solid progress metrics towards their goals; engage with these partners from start-up, through regular communications and shared learning
- Help identify and connect grantees to supports they need to do their work better (i.e. technical assistance, broader network, other funders/funding opportunities)
- Build relationships and integrate with other teams within CZI to collaborate and increase our collective impact
- Develop progress monitoring on key projects, to identify challenges and engage in problem-solving with project leaders
- Organize regular reporting on financial, learning, personnel, and other progress metrics from the many projects, tied with initial plans and overall strategy of CZI Research to Practice goals and metrics
- Support Director, Educational Practice, in the operation of the team, including strategic planning with the research resources, budget planning, tracking against internal goals, and operational intersections with other parts of CZI
- Represent CZI Research to Practice Practice team both internally and externally
- Approach all work with humility, thoughtfulness and an orientation toward collective impact
- Experience developing projects, strategies, and partnerships in and across complex education organizations and school districts
- 5+ years of participatory and inclusive grantmaking, leadership, or management
- Strong background (7+ years) managing complex projects and partnerships — e.g. those with multiple stakeholders and dependencies
- Demonstrated background successfully weaving together different external organizations and individuals at varying levels to deliver against plans while maintaining long-term relationships
- Experience problem-solving at scale on complex deliverables in a fluid environment, with strong people management skills to ensure teams remain productive and engaged as they navigate complexity.
- Strong communication (writing, speaking, presentations) skills and experience with a wide variety of audiences