Manager, Grants Management

Palo Alto, CA

CZI is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. In December 2015, Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with the mission to invest in personalized learning, curing disease and building strong communities.

As the Manager, Grants Management, you will build a critical part of our operational infrastructure. You will be responsible for developing grants management tools and processes that will be deployed across the organization. This is critical to helping us engage closely with our grantee network, and also ensuring we can measure and monitor our impact in various grant-making areas. We are looking for someone who can be both strategic and hands-on, to partner with internal leaders in building a consistent and effective system for grants management.


    • Design, manage, and continuously improve grants policies and procedures
    • Develop compliance program and tools for grants, including support for legal and financial compliance
    • Forecast and track grant payments across strategic areas and liaise with partners to plan for appropriate cash flow and ensure timely payments of grants
    • Establish consistent processes to manage the full life cycle of a grant, from diligence processes through final reporting in order to create and maintain accurate electronic grant files
    • Contribute to the implementation of grant database(s), including research and evaluation of new platforms as the organization scales
    • Create a foundation for measuring impact across investment areas, including data analysis of completed grants
    • Develop and deliver grants management training to staff
    • Produce reports for internal and external use as needed by leadership and staff
    • Positively contribute to a continuously evolving work environment that values teamwork and humility


    • 7+ years in a grant management role, 2+ years management preferred
    • Familiarity with common grant-making tools and processes
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Demonstrated initiative and ability to take prompt action to identify issues and opportunities related to grant-making processes
    • Knowledge of IRS grants compliance rules and regulations
    • Project management experience demonstrating the ability to execute a wide variety of tasks to achieve intended results while meeting all deadlines and budget requirements
    • Exceptional data analysis skills
    • Highly detail-oriented
    • Process and operations-driven mindset
    • Experience working with databases, spreadsheets, and technology related to grant-making (preference for familiarity with Salesforce)
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field

About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was launched by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician and founder of the Primary School. CZI seeks to advance human potential and promote equal opportunity. Initially, focus areas will include personalized learning, curing disease, and building strong communities. We will make long-term investments over 25, 50 or even 100 years because our greatest challenges require time to solve. To learn more, visit our Facebook page.