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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.

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

You will be a key member of the CZI Contracts Team, a part of CZI’s growing Legal and Grants team, and focus on negotiating inbound commercial contracts and advising internal partners. You will collaborate with the initiatives and other teams across CZI and help us administer, negotiate, and execute contracts critical to the success of our strategic mission and operational goals. In addition to working with educators, scientists, and change-makers to help CZI achieve its ambitious mission, you will also assist in the development and maintenance of our org-wide contracts management systems, policies, and processes. You will report to the lead Commercial Counsel.

If you are a mission-oriented, systems-driven thinker who enjoys negotiating contracts, creating efficiencies, and collaborating across multiple functions, you will fit right in.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Review, analyze, negotiate, draft and complete primarily inbound commercial and business transactions including services, events, marketing, SaaS/software, and other contracts
  • Provide interpretation of contract and policy language with the goal of maintaining a nimble and responsive approach to managing risk within a heavily resourced and scaling organization
  • Constantly interact with multiple internal clients regarding ongoing and future transactions
  • Resolve potential vendor disputes and terminate or enforce existing contracts
  • Maintain current and up-to-date knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and standards to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance
  • In partnership with others on the CZI Contracts Team, draft and maintain org-wide contracting forms, contract management systems, policies, and playbooks to increase efficiency and mitigate legal and business risk
  • In partnership with others on the CZI Contracts Team, coordinate internal compliance measures relating to internal business and legal policies, including helping prepare and conduct regular training sessions for team members throughout the organization
  • Eagerly contribute to general team and organizational operations, including taking on special projects and helping out with other functions, as necessary and time permitting

Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong verbal and written communication, analytical and social skills; you have the ability to build positive relationships easily and with authenticity with people and partners with varied backgrounds and perspectives
  • Ability to assess risk associated with inbound contracts, identify impact on strategic contract goals, and communicate issues and with non-legal clients
  • Comfort with learning and using tools and technology to improve process efficiency and transparency
  • Ability to prioritize and effectively balance client expectations
  • The motivation to provide great client experiences and serve CZI’s broader mission by obtaining services and products in alignment with our organization’s unique needs
  • A learning and growth mindset coupled with humility and mission-oriented sensibilities


JD required and an active membership in at least one U.S. state bar, preferably California
Minimum of 5 years of relevant in-house and law firm experience with a focus on inbound and/or procurement contracts and client advising

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