VP of Education

Palo Alto, CA
Education Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equality. 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. You will be a critical part of this mission. As a VP of Education, you will be a key executive and partner to the President of Chan Zuckerberg Education. Working in partnership with the President of the Education Initiative, you will play a leadership role in building the Education team, establishing the program strategy and roadmap, and creating lasting relationships with external organizations.

This role is for a seasoned executive with proven skill in management, strategy, communications and operations.  This person will manage with a keen understanding of financial, legal and operational concerns, and turn ideas into reality. The ideal candidate will operate in an intelligent, flexible, patient, and principled way. This role will also involve coordinating with the overall CZI policies and processes, and building out the Education Initiative organization.


    • Partner with the Education Initiative team to establish program priorities and vision
    • Serve as a key thought partner to the President of Education Initiative
    • Translate long-term vision for the Education Initiative team into a roadmap, budget, hiring plan, and program goals
    • Measure performance against goals and expected outcomes
    • Develop core processes, systems and norms to ensure that the Education team works within a supportive culture committed to learning and impact
    • Oversee grants management, budgeting, recruiting, and cross-functional coordination for the Education Initiative team
    • Directly manage 5+ colleagues and indirectly support the entire Education Initiative team in achieving their goals
    • Directly manage key relationships with priority partners
    • Work closely with our Ops and HR teams to develop and implement organization-wide systems where appropriate
    • Work closely with the Legal team to manage all education-related contracts
    • Work closely with members of the Science, Engineering and Policy teams to share learnings and coordinate efforts where possible


    • 10+ years of professional experience in education or related fields, including at least 5-7 years of senior management experience
    • Demonstrated ability to build new teams and supportive systems and cultures
    • Proven ability to navigate complex organizations and processes to deliver results
    • Proven ability to make decisions in fluid environments with limited information at times
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage internal and external stakeholders, at all levels
    • Must be a strong writer with very good presentation skills who can comfortably represent the Education Initiative team
    • Ability to create program metrics and manage evaluation and reporting programs
    • Demonstrated comfort with ambiguity, flexibility and resilience, as well as ability to thrive in a fluid and fast-paced
    • Experience working with diverse population including those with greatest needs strongly preferred
    • Experience in the technology industry is preferred
    • Willingness to travel (up to 33%)
    • Willingness to relocate to the Bay Area

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 equity. 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.