Palo Alto, CA

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative 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 Controller for CZI, you will play a key role in establishing, managing, and continuously improving our core accounting, tax and financial reporting processes, as well as financial controls, bill pay and other accounting procedures. The Controller will be a detailed, hands-on leader with experience building teams. They must possess a forward-thinking approach for establishing policies and processes suitable for a complex and rapidly growing organization.


    • Own and build the accounting and financial reporting functions for all CZI-related entities (of which some are tax exempt entities), including monthly, quarterly, and yearly accounting close
    • Develop scalable accounting operations, financial reporting processes, and procedures to ensure proper internal controls and compliance with all financial policies and US/international reporting requirements, while maximizing operational efficiency
    • Provide to senior management analysis and regular reporting of results and key metrics
    • Teach and mentor staff in accounting and finance related issues, including technical accounting GAAP guidance
    • Ensure the integrity of the CZI financial systems, general ledgers and sub-ledgers and identify system enhancements to maximize productivity and reduce operating costs
    • Act as liaison to external auditors and ensure successful and timely completion of both internal and external audits, implementing any agreed upon recommendations
    • Provide direction for the design and maintenance of complex models/software/databases
    • Special projects, as needed


    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a related field; CPA required
    • 12+ years Accounting experience, including 5+ years in a management capacity
    • Big 4 accounting experience and experience in a fast growing environment are strongly preferred
    • Proven ability to attract, develop and lead a high performance finance organization
    • Possess a passion for training and team leadership
    • Knowledge of accounting practices unique to tax exempt entities and organizations with multiple legal entities
    • Experience using business intelligence tools. SAP FI/CO/BI/BPC experience a plus
    • Microsoft excel guru; Advanced MS office skills; knowledge of SQL
    • Know accounting systems (Netsuite or similar is a bonus)
    • Demonstrate a strong fluency with U.S. GAAP (IFRS a plus)
    • Ability to be hands on and detail oriented

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.