Head of Global Public Policy & Government Affairs

Full Time
Remote Germany, Remote UK, Remote Belgium
1 year ago

Why Mozilla?

Mozilla Corporation is the non-profit-backed technology company behind pioneering brands like Firefox, the privacy-minded web browser, and Pocket, the content discovery platform. More than 270 million people around the world use its products each month.

Along with 20,000+ volunteer contributors and collaborators all over the world, Mozilla Corporation’s staff are driven by our vision of becoming the trusted guide to a joyful internet. We design, build and distribute software that enables people to enjoy the internet on their terms.

The Opportunity

At Mozilla our mission is to champion the value of the internet as a global public resource. To realize the Mozilla Manifesto we need global laws, policies, and a public interest agenda in support of (1) our open source products and technologies (2) all consumers, including marginalized and oppressed communities and the Global Majority and (3) a healthy tech ecosystem. Do you like working on big-picture problems? Join us to influence the future of tech policy!

In the Mozilla project's governance structure, this position is the top "module owner" for global internet policy. It reports into the Mozilla Corporation's Chief Legal, Policy & Privacy Officer and has accountability to the Mozilla Foundation's Executive Director.

What You'll Get To Do

We are seeking a strategic leader to drive our Mozilla-wide public policy and government affairs work. Working remotely, you will manage staff across entities and work cross-functionally to build and implement short and long term strategy in alignment with product, business, and ecosystem needs. You will use a wide variety of resources and capabilities to represent our positions in the Trans-Atlantic, Asia Pacific, and African regions. You'll get to lead and influence through skilled 'matrix management' skills and model how participatory collaboration can result in clear and timely decisions.

  • Drive Mozilla's impact to advance our public mission on key issues.
  • Lead a versatile team of government affairs, ICT policy and research professionals; bring to bear their regional and subject matter expertise, cultivate their professional development; and supplement with limited external resources.
  • Position Mozilla as a trusted guide to governments, civil society, academia and press on competition, privacy, security, data, AI, platform accountability, connectivity, researcher access, and transparency.
  • Listen to and partner with teams across the Mozilla Foundation and Corporation (including engineering, product, comms, security, legal, comms, advocacy, research and fellows) to develop positions aligned with priorities and anticipating emerging regulatory threats and opportunities in the US and internationally.
  • Promote participation into the government affairs and public policy function from across Mozilla entities.
  • Publicly write, speak, and serve as a resource for key influencers and policymakers across the government, nonprofit, and private sectors.
  • Represent Mozilla externally in publications, media, public events, regulatory settings, and other forums.
  • Develop relationships across timezones, with emphasis to the UK, Germany and USA.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8+ years of experience influencing global law and policy through a legal, government affairs, public policy, or political role.
  • 5+ years management and leadership experience recruiting, retaining, developing and motivating a diverse and distributed team; handling related people management, budgeting functions, and external consultants.
  • Organizational savvy to lead across multiple internal clients and build teams across dotted line reporting structures.
  • Experience driving impact, outcomes and engagement using limited resources to get results.
  • High degree of skill engaging with social media, press, regulators, and policy makers across the core issues identified above.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to distill nuanced concepts into concise messages, write and edit for a variety of audiences, and deliver polished presentations.
  • Experience understanding and articulating the impact of technology on individuals and communities worldwide and driving effective solutions.
  • Relevant global experience across cultures, languages, histories, and perspectives beyond the Trans-Atlantic.

Bonus points for

  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Slack and Zoom
  • Substantive knowledge of ICT technologies
  • In-house experience at a multinational technology company
  • Proficiency in 2+ languages

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. When you work at Mozilla, you give yourself a chance to make a difference in the lives of Web users everywhere. And you give us a chance to make a difference in your life every single day. Join us to work on the Web as the platform and help create more opportunity and innovation for everyone online.

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich the company’s core mission.  We encourage applications from everyone, including members of all equity-seeking communities, such as (but certainly not limited to) women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, as appropriate. Please contact us at hiringaccommodation@mozilla.com to request accommodation.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race (including hairstyle and texture), religion (including religious grooming and dress practices), gender, gender identity, gender expression, color, national origin, pregnancy, ancestry, domestic partner status, disability, sexual orientation, age, genetic predisposition, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable laws.  Mozilla will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics or any other unlawful behavior, conduct, or purpose.

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