Organization: Mozilla Foundation

Location: San Francisco, Toronto or New York, US/CAN

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About Mozilla Foundation:

We believe the web is at a crossroads. On one side, the web faces huge challenges via monopolies, insecurity, surveillance, and fear. On the flip side, there is a new wave of ‘open’ emerging, with people working on everything from open data to open devices to open Internet activism.

Mozilla is working on both fronts — tackling the big problems but also fueling the next wave of ‘open’. We do some of this by creating great products and technologies that bring our mission and values to life for hundreds of millions of people. But we also recognize the necessity of active participation, specifically in growing our global community of leaders and advocates who will invent, shape, and defend the Internet.

Founded in 2003, the Mozilla Foundation is a California not-for-profit corporation dedicated to building and protecting the Internet as a public resource that is open and accessible to all. Our current goal is to make the health of the Internet a mainstream issue by building a cadre of leaders and mobilizing citizens around the world. Mozilla Foundation is also the parent to the company that makes Firefox. The Foundation has 85 full-time staff. We work closely with almost a thousand staff in the Mozilla Corporation and tens of thousands of Mozilla community volunteers around the world.

For more information on Mozilla Foundation, please visit

The VP, Advocacy Opportunity:

Mozilla is seeking a creative, strategic Vice President, Advocacy to build a new Advocacy Group. This group will support and mobilize people around the world working on one of the most important issues of our time: the future of the open Internet. The Internet is not a technology issue – it’s an everyone and everything issue, impacting all aspects of human life and society. It is essential that this critical public resource remains open and accessible to all. As Mozilla’s VP, Advocacy, you will lead an important process of growth and transformation to build a whole new part of Mozilla in this effort.

Working closely with the Executive Director, other Mozilla executives, and the Board of Directors, the VP, Advocacy will have full strategic, operational, and financial responsibility for the advocacy group. This includes evolving our long-term plans and growing a high-performance, high-functioning team.

This is a full-time position based in San Francisco, Toronto or New York, reporting to the Executive Director who is based in Toronto. Note that you will have many direct reports based in different locations and timezones.

The VP, Advocacy role is a career-defining opportunity to grow a full-scale global advocacy organization within Mozilla Foundation. The VP, Advocacy will allow the Foundation to build a real platform for diving into participation, mobilization, and advocacy with more ambition and impact. You will build this new organization that at once draws on all that we’ve learned in the field of digital organizing over the past 15 years, and breaks ground in inventing new ways of mobilizing that work on mobile and other emerging markets. If we’re successful, we’ll see major wins on the open Internet front and a growing movement in all corners of the world that is deeply committed to this cause.

The primary functions of the Vice President, Advocacy include, but are not limited to:

  • Build Mozilla’s new advocacy group by developing and implementing a vision and creating a world-class team
  • Direct all aspects of the Foundation’s advocacy efforts: strategic, operational, and financial – with a particular focus on sustainably and strategically driving growth and scaling efforts
  • Alongside Mozilla’s Executive Director and leaders from Mozilla’s community, serve as a spokesperson and bridge builder on Mozilla’s advocacy work
  • Oversee policy, education, and fundraising campaigns on key priorities, e.g. trust and privacy, digital inclusion, and web literacy
  • Oversee creative media campaigns that set a public agenda and excite supporters, including a first-of-its kind State of the Web report written with our partner network
  • Work with the aligned internal teams and outside partners to develop a network of grassroots leaders who help define, design, and execute campaigns
  • Build a culture of data-driven testing, experimentation, innovation, and agile development, in addition to documenting our practices and sharing them with the world
  • Play an active role in developing partnerships and coalitions that position Mozilla as an ally and key player across the broader open Internet movement
  • Maintain the financial health of the team, manage the budget, and optimize Mozilla’s online fundraising
  • Oversee the business group transparently and invite outside partners and the greater Mozilla community to engage

Candidate Profile:

The Vice President, Advocacy should have held an executive leadership role at a world-class advocacy organization or social-good company. You will have demonstrated expertise in building teams and digital experiences that inspire change in the world.

You should also have: a clear track record with both strategy development and execution, successful experience working internationally, proven ability in leveraging digital platforms for organizing efforts, and a natural affinity for partnership and coalition building. Though it may not be the social issue you are working on now, this person should love the open Internet in their heart and soul.

The VP, Advocacy will also possess the following:

  • A passion and commitment to the Mozilla Manifesto and the Mozilla Foundation mission to protect and ensure an open and accessible Web for all
  • At least seven years of senior management experience within a globally-focused organization
  • Knowledge of and experience in advancing social justice causes and/or advocacy efforts; experience leading internationally focused work
  • Collaborative and inclusive leadership style with demonstrated ability to set strategic vision, build positive culture, and bring diverse groups together toward the achievement of common goals
  • Track record of success in fundraising, business development, and/or partnership cultivation
  • Strong organizational, operational, and change management skills with proven ability to scale and grow efforts sustainably
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to working with and leveraging networks or large external constituent groups
  • Experience developing and operationalizing strategies with clear and measurable benchmarks; ability to utilize data-driven decision-making to iterate during strategy implementation
  • Excellent people management skills with ability to recruit, coach, and develop high-performing teams
  • Strong marketing and communications experience, specifically in digital storytelling
  • High level of cultural competence and experience working across cultures is essential; a second language is a bonus
  • Capable spokesperson and communicator with ability to translate the mission to a wide array of audiences

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Mozilla Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Molly Brennan and Sam Simmons here.

Mozilla Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit