Mozilla is hiring for an Executive Director
Mozilla Foundation is committed to an internet that promotes civil discourse, human dignity, and individual expression. To an internet that catalyzes collaboration among diverse communities working together for the common good.
Mozilla is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the Foundation’s movement-building programs.
Currently, the Foundation has two core programs:
- Global Programs funds, convenes, and synthesizes the movement to increase the diversity, cohesion and impact of people working on internet health issues globally. The team has conducted research on AI transparency best practices; given grants to professors teaching young computer scientists to tackle AI bias; and run events that connect people building new models for data governance focused on empowerment and agency.
- Global Advocacy activates a grassroots approach to the movement, improving internet health by creating meaningful changes in consumer tech products and tech policy globally. For example, the team has successfully mobilized tens of thousands of people to shine a light on how YouTube algorithms drive misinformation; pushed on companies to change their products in ways that improve privacy; and educated the broader public about biased AI.
The Foundation’s programs are supported by a Strategic Operations team that ensures that both staff and our most active collaborators have the strategic frameworks, resources, data and systems they need to advance our internet health agenda and grow the movement.
Through its programs, the Foundation also works closely with a community of fellows, alumni and partners from around the world. Through these programs, the Foundation works closely with a community of fellows, alumni and partners from around the world. This includes everyone from researchers tackling bias and discrimination in AI to data scientists scrutinizing the impact of tech platforms to gig workers taking control over their data. The Foundation also works in partnerships with more than a dozen other foundations who share their commitment to growing the movement for a healthy internet. The new Executive Director will be taking over this work at an exciting and pivotal moment.
In its search for a new Executive Director, Mozilla is seeking someone with a proven record of taking a strong, established organization and making it stronger, bigger and more impactful. While they need not be an engineer or computer scientist, they should already be established as a leader on technology issues, understanding how they intersect with social trends — and then mobilizing people to join campaigns, contribute to research, and build technology that shows that a different future is possible.
It’s critical that the next Executive Director embrace and exemplify Mozilla’s core values, including a commitment to open source, trustworthy tech and community building. They will be an open, dynamic and inspirational leader to the global staff, driving strategic focus to ensure all staff are clear on how their specific roles contribute to the wider strategic context. The Executive Director also needs to be an accomplished fundraiser, with an ability to work comfortably with a wide variety of audiences from grassroots leaders to government officials to tech company executives.
Reporting to Mozilla Foundation’s Program Board, which is a subset of the overall Foundation Board, the ED will oversee an engaged staff of 100 who bring deep experience across technology, philanthropy and advocacy – and $30M in budget. The Executive Director is a part of Mozilla’s overall senior leadership team, serving as an ambassador to and bridge between Foundation’s programs and Mozilla’s business entities.
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