Senior Counsel

Senior Counsel

The Mozilla Foundation

Flexible Location, USA   |   October 22, 2020

About The Mozilla Foundation

“The internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible”


Established in 2003, and guided by the Mozilla Manifesto, the Mozilla Foundation believes the Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. Mozilla’s mission is ambitious: making the health of the internet a mainstream issue. It is also vital: as centralization, surveillance, exclusion and other online threats proliferate, we need a movement to keep the web a global public resource. Mozilla’s programs operate at different scales and locations around the world, fueling the movement for a healthy Internet.

In 2020, the Mozilla Foundation has launched a multi-year investment strategy focused on advancing ‘Trustworthy artificial intelligence’ globally. As AI is dramatically changing our online lives, we seek to ensure that AI improves human experience through designing AI systems that allow for user agency and hold companies accountable for its results. Our approach to Trustworthy AI and an outline of our Theory of Change is described in greater detail here.

The Foundation is also the sole shareholder in the Mozilla Corporation, the maker of Firefox and other open source tools. Mozilla Corporation functions as a self-sustaining social enterprise – money earned through its products is reinvested into the organization.

For more information about Mozilla Foundation, visit

The Opportunity

The Mozilla Foundation is now seeking a proactive, creative and collaborative Senior Counsel, to advise the organization on a wide range of legal, operational, and compliance issues. The Senior Counsel is responsible for developing and leading legal strategy to promote and protect the Foundation’s matters, and for overseeing delivery of legal services and resources to accomplish current and future organizational goals, strategies and priorities.

The Senior Counsel is specifically responsible for the following:

  • Legal Guidance: As a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team, support organizational leaders in making decisions informed by legal context and appropriate risk analysis while moving our mission work forward with the urgency required by the moment we are in.
  • Contracts: Oversee review and drafting of consultant, vendor, fellowship, grant and third-party agreements and contracts. Ensure contracts are favorable and protect the legal & other organizational interests of Mozilla Foundation, as appropriate. Ensure staff understand and comply with contractual obligations. Oversee the work of the Contracts Manager.
  • Nonprofit Corporate Compliance: In collaboration with external tax counsel, develop and maintain systems to monitor & oversee C3 compliance with relevant laws governing these nonprofit entities. This includes providing legal guidance & oversight on general C3 compliance, and tax law compliance. Draft, review, and advise on internal policies and procedures, regulations, Board resolutions, bylaws, and other legal documents, also taking into consideration the work of, and connections to, the Foundation’s subsidiaries;
  • Staff training: Provide orientation to all new staff on C3 rules as well as organization standards and practices for managing their work within the corresponding nonprofit framework; and ensuring the organization meets all compliance and disclosure requirements.
  • General Risk Mitigation, Assessment and Legal Oversight on organizational operations and activities: Help each department & program understand legal obligations to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Stay abreast of changes to the legal landscape on relevant subject areas, including tax law for exempt organizations, governance, employment law and contracts. Respond to staff and other requests for counsel and advice.
  • Employment Law: Provide legal counsel on labor and employment-related and personnel matters. Work w/ HR Director and outside counsel when appropriate to advise Mozilla Foundation on its legal responsibility as employer.
  • Litigation: Directly manage or work with outside counsel to manage or coordinate any litigation in which Mozilla Foundation is a party.
  • Manage outside counsel.
Candidate Profile

The Senior Counsel partners with leadership, program teams, fundraising, HR, finance, and operations staff on all issues that implicate legal strategy and compliance. The Senior Counsel is responsible for identifying legal risk and/or weaknesses, counsels decision-makers on potential solutions, and takes the lead on developing organization-wide solutions and systems that address such concerns. The role is currently focused strongly on our day-to-day legal needs and improving processes, but over time there is opportunity to expand the role to encompass more strategic work to grow the scope and impact of the organization.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • At least 8-10 years of experience advising non-profit organizations through in-house roles, outside law firms, or a combination;
  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in the U.S.;
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills and demonstrated command over a range of legal topics;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice;
  • Able to balance varying projects and timelines, and make wise decisions about prioritization based on the relative risk and importance of work;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to be diplomatic and have discretion in dealings with others;
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills;
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity;
  • Ability to work well independently and to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced environment;
  • Problem-solving perspective.

Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan, Founding Partner and Turner Delano, Vice President, are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The Mozilla Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and value diversity, and encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. 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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