HR Business Partner

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City, CA

Advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity.

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 grant making, impact investing, policy work, and movement building, to help build an inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone.

Our Values

We believe we can help build a future for everyone.

  • We aim to be daring, but humble:  We look for bold ideas — regardless of structure and stage — and help them scale by pairing engineers with subject matter experts to build tools that accelerate the pace of social progress.
  • We want to learn fast, but build for the long-term: We want to iterate fast and help bring new solutions to the table, but we also realize that important breakthroughs often take decades, or even centuries.
  • Stay close to the real problems: We engage directly in the communities we serve because no one understands our society’s challenges like those who live them every day.  

Our success is dependent on building teams that include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other's assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants 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, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Opportunity

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is taking a new, cutting-edge approach to philanthropy, funding ambitious projects that will have a substantial impact on the future of education, technology and science, and social justice. As HR Business Partner, you will support the VP, People and organization to execute our strategy around hiring, developing and engaging the talented people who are helping to create that future. Our vision for the world starts with the culture we’re building. Our organization should be diverse, equitable, and inclusive for everyone — and it should reflect the communities we serve. We believe we can set a new precedent for the worlds of tech and philanthropy, and we want you to lead the charge.
The ideal candidate is someone with years of experience as a HR Business Partner supporting diverse, multi-talented teams at world-class organizations. They should have deep experience working with business teams on organizational design, performance management and collaboration models and should have an intuitive understanding of the culture we are trying to create, carrying our core philosophy and values with them in their work.  Lastly, the candidate should be comfortable with a fast-paced ever-changing environment, bring good energy, be hungry to learn, and be proactive about figuring out how to make things happen. They should be passionate about executing on big ideas, and getting the best out of the people around them.  

You will

  • Develop, build and nurture partnerships with Initiative heads, managers and employees
  • Provide guidance and strategic direction on organizational design to ensure that CZI is building the people infrastructure to sustain the organization for the long term
  • Be a coach and mentor that relates well with others, listens effectively and can build rapport with a diverse workforce -- all in the spirit of helping employees at all levels develop
  • Identify and build programs and scaleable processes across the following areas: compensation, benefits, organizational development, performance management, employee relations, diversity, equity, inclusion, and learning & development
  • Contribute to building and scaling our growing organization as a stakeholder in our Workday implementation
  • Be a leader, strong communicator, influencer with unquestioned integrity
  • Utilize people-related data to aid in strategic decision making; develop key metrics to measure employee engagement, performance, and retention
  • Be experienced working with diverse teams in order to build an environment that promotes equity and inclusion

 You have

  • 12+ years' experience as a HR Business Partner or HR leadership role with experience working in a rapidly scaling organization
  • Experience identifying, building and scaling HR programs across compensation, benefits, performance management and learning & development
  • Experience using and presenting data to make decisions
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Experience working with and resolving employee relations issues
  • Experience managing cross functionally
  • Deep passion about accelerating social progress and excited to work collaboratively with a team of mission-driven scientists, academics, community activists and technologists at CZI to help build a brighter future for everyone.

About The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

WHO WE ARE 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.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

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