VP, Leadership Programs

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Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla exists to guard the open nature of the Internet and to ensure it remains a public resource, open and accessible to all.

The internet is woven into every aspect of our lives: our work, our play, our education, our families, our romance. It’s brought us opportunity, empowerment, and delight. Yet it also brought us misinformation, monopolies, surveillance and whole new forms of social exclusion. We have a digital society, but is it the digital society we want?

As we face this question, Mozilla Foundation's mission is more important than ever. We’re helping build a global movement that will keep the Internet healthy: an environmental movement for the Internet analogous to the environmental movement for the earth.

Mozilla Foundation is looking for a VP, Leadership Programs who will bring this initiative to the next level, build Mozilla’s profile as a global community of leaders championing the health of the Internet and enhance progress on issues like privacy, decentralization and digital inclusion.

As the VP, Leadership Programs, you are responsible for the leadership development effort consisting of three major initiatives: the publication of an annual Internet Health Report; fellowships and grants program and the annual Mozilla Festival. The growth and evolution of these initiatives is the core of your role.

Having Mozilla’s mission in mind you set clear, OKR-based goals and define a strategy to achieve them. You lead and coach a strong team dedicated to successfully implementing this strategy and fulfilling Mozilla’s vision. You also provide a high public profile in the realm of Internet issues and, thanks to your expertise and experience, help to set an agenda for the challenges Mozilla and the network will tackle in the future.

Your responsibilities in detail:

Vision, agenda & goal definition

  • Lead Mozilla’s efforts to invest in and shape a next generation of leaders through fellowships, trainings and other forms of support
  • Define a structured system of measuring results and tracking impact
  • Contribute to Mozilla’s overall movement building strategy, serving as part of the Mozilla Foundation executive team

Network Development

  • Hone & evolve Mozilla’s leadership and network development strategy
  • Seek out senior leaders & talent working on Internet issues in their own field and build a strong network

Thought Leadership

  • Draw on the insights of the senior leaders and help incorporate them into Mozilla’s thought leadership work
  • Provide a high public profile in the realm of Internet issues

Team Leading

  • Recruit, coach and lead a team of top-notch program officers, communicators, researchers and community builders dedicated to helping leaders from across the movement succeed


  • Sustain and grow Mozilla’s network of partners in the foundation community with an aim to increase the amount of investment in Mozilla initiatives and internet health overall
Your profile:

In order to fulfill the role of “VP, Leadership Programs” and successfully manage its diverse tasks, you bring a rare combination of experience and skill: a history working on Internet issues; a passion for building networks and empowering others to lead; and a proven track record as a senior organizational leader who builds great teams.

Your analytical skills and extensive experience in strategy development go hand-in-hand with the ability to consistently execute the plan. Thanks to your experience in working internationally on partnerships and coalition building you have developed a high level of intercultural competence and excellent communication skills. You thrive in high-growth, entrepreneurial and largely remote settings.

You are are committed to promoting equality, access and inclusion within the organization and the broader community we are building. In addition, you are passionate about Mozilla’s mission and the movement for Internet health.

The most important requirements:

  • Min. 10 years of professional experience, including min. 3 years working on internet issues in some manner
  • High level of cross-cultural competence gained through extensive international and intercultural experience
  • Proven track record of thought leadership and expertise in social, economic, political & technical aspects of the Internet
  • Wide ranging experience in leadership development and an ability to attract talent, especially high-level volunteers, fellows and partners
  • Proven track record in fundraising
  • Ability to support, coach and inspire the team through a highly collaborative and inclusive management style
  • Excellent written communication, public speaking and diplomacy skills
  • Willingness to travel extensively, including to the Mozilla Festival, Mozilla Foundation all-hands meetings etc.