Director, Criminal Justice Reform and Immigration Programs

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Founded by Dr. 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 the world’s toughest challenges – from eradicating disease, to improving education, to reforming the criminal justice system. Across three core Initiative focus areas of Science, Education and Justice and Opportunity, we’re pairing engineering with grantmaking, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

The Opportunity

This is an opportunity to play a key, high-visibility role in a dynamic, cross-functional organization. CZI is leveraging grantmaking, advocacy, and technology development to hasten and deepen social impact efforts across the country. Within CZI’s Justice & Opportunity Initiative (JOI), this position will directly oversee two CZI efforts, Criminal Justice Reform and Immigration.

We are looking for someone who brings a unique perspective to this work and is energized by significant responsibility, ready to interact directly with CZI leadership on a regular basis. This role requires support and supervision of a highly cross-functional team, including data scientists, policy experts, grant program officers, finance experts, and researchers. Emphasizing management over personal execution, the right person in this role will rally our team to drive results in the field as well as within CZI, including implementing our approach to impact evaluation and our internal operating model.

The program director’s responsibilities include the overall strategic vision for these programmatic areas and must work collaboratively with partners in government, research, philanthropy, and business, to learn, enhance program strategy, and support innovation. Additionally, the program director must ensure excellence in grantmaking in each of these programs, with attention to stewardship, alignment with program strategies, broadening the consensus for reform across legacy partisan divides, and collaboration with other partners to support innovation.

You Will

Execute a comprehensive strategy to contribute to a deep transformation of the American criminal justice system and comprehensive, dignity-centered immigration reform. This work will include, for example, support of issue advocacy and related work, policy implementation, technological innovation, and capacity-building to support a stronger, coalition in support of continued reform on all sides of the aisle. Lead strategic reviews on program strategy with CZI’s leadership and hold overall responsibility for the programs’ budgets, evaluation efforts, and results.

  • Center diversity, equity, and inclusion in your personal and organizational leadership, inspiring others both through example and as an explicit management priority in all your work.
  • As a manager and leader at CZI, embody servant-leadership in all interactions with every teammate to include our staff, executives, and external partners; model resilience in the midst of change or ambiguity; demonstrate excellence in people-management through coaching teammates to succeed, grow and, where appropriate, change course.
  • Provide clear, effective day-to-day leadership to drive a unified program vision with a broader cross-functional team who collaborate on CJR and immigration efforts but who do not directly report to this position; these cross-functional collaborators include communications, movement capacity-building, technology, and operations teammates.
  • As a grantmaker and investor, oversee a disciplined, data-informed approach to programmatic grantmaking, reflecting fidelity to strategy, sustainability, equity, and good stewardship; partner closely with JOI experts on program evaluation and grantcraft to align all program officers with effective, equitable grantmaking practices; partner closely with JOI experts to execute program impact evaluation efforts that are equitable, innovative, and informative for the program, its grantees, and the field.
  • Build trusted relationships and champion collaboration with other leaders in these and related fields; serve as CZI’s chief external spokesperson for criminal justice and immigration matters, as appropriate.

you have

  • 8-10+ years leadership experience in criminal justice as a practitioner and/or organizational leader, with preference for a practitioner or leader with other direct experience.
  • Recognized subject matter expertise in criminal justice policy, with preference for experience in both criminal justice and immigration policy or advocacy. Strong knowledge of and demonstrated passion for immigration reform.
  • At least 5 years of experience as a people-manager, with preference for leaders who have directly managed large teams and have managed other people-managers.
  • A track record of bold leadership, informed risk-taking, learning from failure, and supporting others in the same.
  • A track record of having achieved significant reforms, through legislative or administrative policy change, implementation, innovation, or a combination thereof, with preference for experience accumulated in a role working for an elected official, in a policy-making role in government, issue/ballot measure campaign experience, or related experience.
  • Experience managing complex stakeholder relationships with government, policy, and advocacy partners.
  • Demonstrated passion for engaging partners and stakeholders who hold differing viewpoints and values, including passion for working across proverbial ideological or partisan “aisles,” with the goal of developing a shared vision.
  • Past experience that reflects a personal commitment to service, which may include, for example, public service experience, experience serving a non-profit or community organization, military service, or other forms of service (whether formalized or not) to one’s community.
  • Demonstrated ability to build new teams and supportive systems and cultures.
  • Proven ability to navigate complex organizations and processes to deliver results.
  • Experience working collaboratively to support work across multiple teams and outcomes.
  • Professional or conversational fluency in a language other than English is preferred.
  • We endeavor to stay close to real problems and remain closely connected with the communities we serve and the challenges they face; we value direct/lived experience with the criminal justice legal and immigration systems, and we strongly encourage potential candidates with a personal connection to these issues to apply.
  • An interest in or skills related to data science, engineering, evaluation, grantmaking, and/or philanthropic processes would be a plus.

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Director, Criminal Justice Reform and Immigration Programs


Monday 20th April 2020


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