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Tech Lead Manager, Criminal Justice, Justice & Opportunity at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Redwood City, CA)

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

By pairing engineers with leaders in our education, science, and justice and opportunity teams, we can bring technology to the table in new ways to help drive solutions. We are uniquely positioned to design, build, and scale software systems to help educators, scientists, and policy experts better address the myriad challenges they face. Our technology team is already helping schools bring personalized learning tools to teachers and schools across the country and supporting scientists around the world as they develop a comprehensive reference atlas of all cells in the human body.

As a Tech Lead Manager for the Criminal Justice program of the Justice & Opportunity Initiative, you will create technology products for communities, advocates, and practitioners within the criminal justice system. 

In this role, you will help establish a strong technical foundation for a suite of criminal justice products. You will be expected to carry out core technical duties -- coding, debugging, code reviews, system & architecture design reviews, etc. -- while also mentoring and coaching more junior engineers. As our team goes from “0” to “1” you will be instrumental in shaping the engineering culture and practices of the team.

 The suite of criminal justice-related products will include: 

  • Tools to support reform-minded prosecutors and improve prosecutorial decision-making
  • Applications to support our growing portfolio of second chances work, including our recently announced Clean Slate agenda.
  • Applications to support grassroots criminal justice advocacy organizations across the political spectrum — including bail funds, court watch programs, and participatory defense hubs -- who need to save time on their internal operations so they can spend more time on advocacy.

You can read more about how CZI is thinking about the intersection of criminal justice and technology here in this Fast Company article.

You will:

  • Do Full-stack web/mobile development with a variety of languages including but not limited to Python, Javascript, Typescript, Ruby, HTML, etc.
  • Apply expert software development skills to a wide range of coding projects
  • Create ad-hoc technology tools for external partners
  • Suggest, collect and synthesize requirements and create effective product roadmap

You have:

  • Clear communication skills among engineers and cross-functionally
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python, Javascript and Typescript
  • Experience with web development technologies (familiarity with Django and React is a plus)
  • Experience with relational databases and alternative big data storage systems
  • Familiarity with cloud-based services and offerings (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Comfort using a linux-based development environment and implementing DevOps best practices (Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible, Airflow, Terraform, etc) is a plus
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is a plus: machine learning, natural language processing, machine vision, recommendation systems, data pipeline architecture. Proven ability to independently define project requirements and ship products

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