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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Overview

Palo Alto, CA
201 to 500 employees
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The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched in December 2015 by Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook and Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder and CEO of The Primary School in East Palo Alto. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a new kind of philanthropic organization ... Read more

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  • A great read from Quartz about CZI and our co-founder Priscilla, reflecting on her personal story, her and Mark’s leadership, and how we’re combining tech and philanthropy to scale great ideas and create long-term impact in science, education, and justice and opportunity. Read on for a deeper perspective on our work from Priscilla and Mark, and also from many members of the CZI team and our partners.

    Exclusive: The amazing ascent of Priscilla Chan

    When Priscilla Chan began her residency as a pediatrician at San Francisco General Hospital, she warned her attending physician, "I want to tell you up front: I'm a crier." And cry she did.

  • We welcomed two new leaders on our Technology team: Phil Smoot and Jonathan Goldman. Phil joins us most recently from Microsoft, and will be leading our work as our Head of Engineering. Jonathan was working at Intuit, and will be leading our work as our Head of Data Science. Along with Sandra Liu Huang, our Head of Product, the three will oversee our Technology organization of talented engineers, product managers, and data scientists who are building tools to support educators, scientists, and thought leaders working on some of our society’s most important problems.

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires to donate tech, not just money

    A cell atlas. AI that reads science papers. Personalized learning software. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $45 billion philanthropy organization wants to build technology that can do good at scale rather than just trying to drown problems in cash. Now 2.5 years after its launch, CZI has finally filled out its tech leadership team.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – Why Work For Us?

We believe in a future for everyone.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan in December 2015, is a new kind of philanthropic organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. Our initial areas of focus include supporting science through basic biomedical research and education through personalized learning. We are also exploring other issues tied to the promotion of equal opportunity including access to affordable housing and criminal justice reform.

We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing world-class engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress. We make long-term investments because important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.

We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day. These partners help us identify problems and opportunities, learn fast, and iterate toward our goals for the next century. We strive to be lifelong learners who work collaboratively across functions in service of our mission.

Our talented team, along with our partners, help us to identify problems and opportunities, learn fast, and iterate toward our goals for the next century. We believe that high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative actively seeks a diverse pool of applicants to join us, 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, and people from low-income families.

CZI provides reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, both in the interview process and for its employees. Examples of reasonable accommodations include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, holding interviews in accessible locations, or using specialized equipment. If selected for an interview, a recruiter will contact you with the details of the interview process and discuss any request for accommodations so that we may make arrangements in advance of your interview.

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    "A mission driven company trying to find its feet"

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    Mission driven organization - social impact
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    The company is growing fast which is great however things change often, can sometimes feels like not everyone has direction.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Photos

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: Our company-wide offsite in January 2018
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: Our interns played against their managers in a friendly game of kickball!
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: Happy Pride from CZI!
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: The strong women at CZI on International Women's Day.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: At our first Tech Demo Day, our engineers shared some of the most exciting projects they’ve been working on across Science, Education, and Justice and Opportunity.
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative photo of: Our Science Initiative team spent an afternoon sorting food at the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Carlos - such a great time!
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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2018.


    I loved how the interview process was. They chose questions that were complex, but not impossible and focused on how you thought of solutions rather than if your solution would compile etc.

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    • There was a very long behavioral interview which was enjoyable but was not prepared for.   1 Answer
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