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.
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.
At CZI, we believe that housing affordability plays a key role in education, health outcomes, community cohesion, and equal opportunity. Addressing housing affordability will enable more people to pursue their full potential. In the Bay Area especially, the crisis has reached a tipping point and we believe there is an opportunity to play our part in addressing housing affordability in our backyard. We want to take fundamentally new approaches to housing and engage with affected communities to ensure that they are at the center of their own solution-making from problem definition to solution execution. We believe our strengths in advocacy, technology, and investing position us to infuse innovation and to help scale proven solutions in housing. To help execute on projects across our housing portfolio, we’re looking for a dynamic and experienced manager to join our team.
The Director of Advocacy will lead the Housing Affordability team’s advocacy strategies related to building public and political will for housing across California. The role oversees grantmaking responsibilities, project management and oversight, and supervision of one Advocacy Associate. In this position the individual will partner with key internal and external stakeholders to build out project plans, help the team execute on program strategy, support the Director of Housing Affordability through partnership and strategic advising and help scope and execute grants and projects to deliver against team priorities.
The ideal candidate is a senior advocacy professional with an established track record of success in building, managing, and advising issue and policy campaigns. A successful candidate is a fast learner, flexible and outgoing, possesses exceptional interpersonal relationship management skills, organized and process oriented, will be energetic, detail-oriented, a problem solver, and will be able to plan around and through ambiguity. Familiarity with California politics, policy, and issue advocacy preferred.