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 mission of CZI Science is to support science and technology that will help make it possible to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by the end of the century. Science is one of our most important tools for developing knowledge about the world around us and for understanding health and disease. Effectively leveraging science to address society’s greatest challenges requires that we foster trust and trustworthiness of science through meaningful integration of science and society. By facilitating more equitable, responsive, and inclusive practices, we bring biomedical research closer to the communities it aims to serve. We are working to advance a vision where communities  can access science needed to address challenges most important to them, where civic decision makers apply scientific evidence to solve problems, and where scientists view public engagement as central to their work. 

To do our work, we have assembled a Science in Society team that includes leaders in science policy, community engagement, organizing, and capacity-building, working cross-functionally with communications, convenings, and strategic initiatives team members. As the Program Associate, Science in Society, you will apply advanced knowledge and in-depth evaluation to execute efforts that aim to boost capacity of the scientific enterprise for engaging ethically, equitably, and effectively with communities, civic society and policy makers, and to advance equity, diversity and inclusion across the Science in Society programmatic portfolio. You will support the Science in Society Program Manager to set priorities, develop roadmaps and funding strategies, execute and oversee grantmaking, and promote team learning and growth.

You will

  • Perform detailed research and analysis to support program directions and decisions, including exploratory or experimental programmatic efforts.
  • Support development of a priority roadmap and management of grants portfolios that aim to bolster engagement, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scientific enterprise.
  • Develop methods to track and evaluate progress of grants within the portfolio(s).
  • Conduct continuous horizon scanning, stakeholder mapping, and relationship-building within the relevant ecosystem and identify needs and opportunities to strengthen our strategic engagement and impact.
  • Conduct stakeholder and expert identification to support convening, relationship-building, and consultations.
  • Attend relevant conferences and workshops to support relationships with our partners and thought leaders.
  • Support the Program Manager in providing an advisory resource to other CZI Science program teams regarding scientists’ engagement with communities; public health practices; and related issues.

You have

  • 5–7+ years of experience relevant to issues at the intersection of science and society, including bioethics, equity, engagement, and/or public health.
  • Substantial experience within a foundation or other philanthropic or grantmaking organization, or other relevant sectoral experience.
  • Substantive knowledge in one or more of the following areas: science engagement; equity, diversity, and inclusion; public health; science policy; health care systems organization and policy; bioethics; genomics; epidemiology; open science. 
  • Experience executing complex projects and partnerships.
  • Excellent project and time management skills, with the ability to manage and multi-task across multiple projects and competing deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and experience with complex stakeholder relationships with government, policy, research, and advocacy partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex organizations and processes to deliver results and make decisions in fluid environments with limited information at times.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (written and oral).
  • Passion for our mission and desire to contribute to an innovative organization that is balancing start-up hustle with long-term impact.

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