Mozilla Director, Leadership Programs

Posted on May 9th, 2019

About Mozilla

Mozilla exists to guard the open nature of the Internet and to ensure it remains a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Founded as a community open source project in 1998, Mozilla currently consists of two organizations: the 501(c)3 Mozilla Foundation, which stewards our movement building work; and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation, which leads our market-based work. The two organizations work in close concert with each other and a global community of tens of thousands of volunteers under the single banner: Mozilla.

Our overall goal is to:

Build an environmental movement for the Internet: where people get involved in building a healthier digital world, for themselves and their neighbours.

The Mozilla Foundation currently runs three programs aimed at advancing this goal:

  1. Shaping the agenda, including the Internet Health Report
  2. Connecting leaders, including fellowships, awards, and MozFest
  3. Rallying citizens (aka advocacy), media and campaigns on key issues

The Director, Leadership Programs opportunity:

Mozilla is seeking a hardworking and entrepreneurial Director, Leadership Programs, who will lead programs targeted at Mozilla leaders. These ongoing programs fund, convene and train leaders while connecting them to each other and the issues of internet health. The Director will be responsible for the public growth and development of the network’s leaders, in addition to designing opportunities for leaders to grow their influence in the movement for internet health.

The Director will, in collaboration with many others:


  • Work in partnership with people across the organization to integrate the work of these leaders in other organization investments, including events, advocacy campaigns, and the Internet Health Report.
  • Lead the team to achieve the strategic objectives of the program within the budgets and resourcing assigned.


  • Articulate and execute an investment strategy that supports people committed to working on the most pressing internet health issues of our day.
  • Working with the team, develop and execute a strategy to engage and support past fellows and awardees.


  • Tell the story of the impact the leaders are having on internet health issues to grow the program and attract strong partners to the program
  • In partnership with the fundraising team, grow the external support available for the fellowship and awards programs, and effectively own the management of the grants received.
  • Grow the diversity, long-tail impact, and reach of the program to reflect the global mission of the organization, and the global nature of the Internet Health movement.


  • Collaboratively hone our public agenda on internet health issues with fellows, awardees, alumni, and other partners.
  • Coach and lead a high-performing and empowered team dedicated to the success of leaders from across the movement.

Candidate Profile:

You have a passion for building networks while identifying and cultivating a diverse range of leaders who will anchor the growth of the movement to fuel internet health. The Director, Leadership Programs will also have extensive experience leading large teams on a national and/or international scale, a clear track record in both strategy development and execution, successful experience working internationally, and a natural affinity for partnership and coalition building.

The Director, Leadership Programs will also possess the following:


  • A passion and commitment to the Mozilla Manifesto and the Mozilla Foundation mission to fuel the movement for internet health.
  • Extensive experience working within the broader internet health, digital rights or open source movement.


  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to recruit, coach, and develop high-performing, empowered, independent, and motivated teams.
  • Experience and creativity in working with senior leaders across varied sectors and disciplines, including direct experience of leadership development programs.
  • Experience of building coalitions, partnerships, and agenda-setting collaborations with a broad range of partners, in pursuit of societal impact.

Creativity, Communication, and Strengths:

  • Experience working internationally across multiple regions with remote teams.
  • High level of cultural competence, emotional intelligence and experience working across cultures is critical; a second language is a bonus.
  • Highly collaborative, inclusive, and skilled at effectively working across different teams.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-growing, ambitious, and largely remote environment
  • Dedication to equity, access, and inclusion and a dream to see individuals take ownership of their learning.
  • Problem solver with the creativity, tenacity and resilience to anticipate, solve and mitigate problems as they come up.
  • Proven track record in fundraising
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willing to travel a minimum of 6 trips each year, including the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla Foundation all-hands meetings, etc.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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