Senior Fellow, Tech Policy
at Mozilla Foundation
Locations:
Remote Africa, Brazil, European Union, United States

Deadline for applications: July 5, 2022

[[This opportunity is for a senior level fellowship role. We invite applications from individuals interested in embedding with Mozilla as a Fellow to drive a special project of their own while also plugging into work Mozilla is doing to advance Trustworthy AI. More information about this fellowship.]]

Mozilla exists to protect and promote the Internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all! As a critical part of this mission, the Mozilla Foundation invests in the innovators at the frontlines of working to make the Internet more open, inclusive, decentralized, and secure. Through fellowships and awards, we support these leaders and amplify their important work on issues impacting the health of the internet.

The Broad Vision 

In 2020, Mozilla launched a multi-year strategy focused on advancing Trustworthy AI globally. AI has immense potential to improve our quality of life. But integrating AI into the platforms and products we use every day can equally compromise our security, safety, and privacy. Our research finds that the way AI is currently developed poses distinct challenges to human well-being. Unless critical steps are taken to make these systems more trustworthy, AI runs the risk of deepening existing inequalities.

Our long-term impact goal is: In a world of AI, consumer technology enriches the lives of human beings. Within this broader landscape outlined in our Trustworthy AI Theory of Change and Trustworthy AI White paper, we have chosen to hone in on three areas where we believe we can make real progress: transparency, bias and data stewardship. These are core areas of work that are reflected in our organizational objectives and three-year narrative arcs. They also drive our policy agendas and day to day work at Mozilla as a part of our internet health movement building efforts.

The Focus 

Mozilla is recruiting Senior Fellows to work with us to advance a policy ecosystem that supports and promotes trustworthy AI!  We are currently recruiting Senior Fellows with expertise in – and a focus on – one of the following geographies: Africa, Brazil, the European Union, and the United States. This is a fully remote fellowship that will give you the opportunity to align work you’re already doing while embedding with Mozilla to contribute to our strategic policy efforts. 

Within the Trustworthy AI policy ecosystem, Mozilla is particularly interested in supporting projects that identify and proffer policy recommendations in the advancement of Trustworthy AI. These projects may include a broad range of activities that focus on systemic transparency, mitigating bias, and alternative data governance. All policy and regulatory approaches should work to alleviate historically leveraged community or constituency level harms. 

Some areas of interest for us include the following:

  • Policy and regulatory approaches for advancing systemic transparency and greater platform accountability
  • Applied learning in the context of platform accountability from other heavily regulated industries, such as the airline or banking industries
  • Policy and regulatory approaches for reforming online advertising - and political advertising - beyond outright bans on specific forms of targeting
  • Research on the constitutional and legal provisions for consideration in the reform of the digital advertising industry, particularly in a U.S. context
  • Policy and regulatory approaches to counter disinformation and to protect election integrity
  • Policy and regulatory approaches for supporting innovation around business models on the web that use new data governance models and applications
  • Explore the ways in which data valuation is understood and regulated in the digital economy, including in trade policy

We’re looking for policy experts who are thinking deeply about the policy interventions needed for making the AI ecosystem more trustworthy and who are looking at these policy issues from an intersectional lens with other movement areas (e.g. community justice, racial justice, climate justice, human rights, economic justice, or other social justice movements). We are looking for fellows whose research and work is led by interdisciplinary, collective, and intersectional approaches, and focuses on offering innovative, but specific policy solutions. 

The Fellowship 

This is a unique fellowship opportunity designed to 1) provide you with the opportunity and resources that will help  you  build and amplify your current work in the areas highlighted above; and 2) embed you within Mozilla by making you a part of its diverse program teams, networks and community, so that you can contribute to and benefit from the organization’s current initiatives. 

Independent Project

Senior Fellows should propose, design, and drive an independent project that advances Mozilla’s Trustworthy AI Theory of Change and leverages the resources and expertise a partnership with Mozilla can provide. This project should be aligned with the policy areas listed above.  It may be work you’re already doing that would be strengthened or amplified as part of the fellowship, or work that you’ve been building towards in significant ways, but haven’t yet started. The impact defined for the project should demonstrate a deep understanding of what it means to drive change at a systemic level

Embedding within Mozilla

Over the course of the fellowship, you should also expect to help shape Mozilla’s strategic efforts by partnering with Mozilla staff, programs, and community partners. Preference will be given to applications that help advance Mozilla’s policy priorities, and we therefore encourage applicants to review existing projects for points of connection. 

The ways in which fellows contribute to Mozilla’s objectives varies based on areas of expertise, but could include:

  • Helping to craft Mozilla’s policy positions on key topics and/or advise us on how to advance these policies
  • Leveraging expertise in data and AI products (like Mozilla’s Pocket, Rally, and Common Voice or within our Data Futures Lab) to test AI policies (or vice-versa)
  • Complementing and expanding on Mozilla’s in-house policy experience working on digital markets and data governance
  • Participating in and assisting principle-informed advocacy on recommendation systems and social media (similar to the Youtube Regrets project)
  • Advising organization-wide working groups on bias, transparency, data governance and movement building to support the development of Mozilla’s work on these topics
  • Convening, facilitating, or curating networks as appropriate and integrating these into core programming like MozFest
  • Supporting efforts to situate and guide Mozilla’s work in the ecosystem through peer outreach, documenting best practices, and/or strategic convening
  • Supporting the design of initiatives that will engage, fund, and grow important work on these topics
  • Broadening the conversation about the given topic with specific audiences (i.e. media, community, policy, etc)
  • Providing communications guidance and thought leadership as a representative of Mozilla in the given space
  • Documenting and sharing knowledge internally at Mozilla and externally with the broader ecosystem

Your application and proposed project should demonstrate:

Experience + Impact

  • a deep understanding of and commitment to public interest technology 

  • deep experience working at the intersection of tech policy and other movement areas  (e.g. community justice, racial justice, climate justice, human rights, economic justice, or other social justice movements)

  • demonstrated contributions to policy debates related to the focus of your fellowship application

  • a tightly defined independent project proposal that shows a deep understanding of what it means to inspire change at a systemic level

Collaboration + Communication

  • strong reach in your communities, and a network of partners and collaborators 

  • experience working in interdisciplinary, collective, and/or intersectional ways to make progress toward a shared goal

  • the ability to work on diverse and geographically distributed teams and across cultures

  • the ability to communicate complex issues to a broad audience

  • experience in public speaking and presenting your work in conference settings

  • ability to pair subject matter expertise and research with execution in order to launch programs and related work products

Leadership + Initiative

  • a facilitative leadership style and demonstrated skills in community building

  • an intersectional approach that recognises different identities and realities, acknowledges the way those are interconnected, and the ways in which power impacts those interactions, or power relates to those interconnections

  • the ability to work in a self-directed manner to achieve agreed goals and outcomes

  • experience working virtually with a high level of autonomy

Commitment to Open

  • knowledge and examples of open documentation and collaborative approach to research/project build

  • a demonstrated commitment to policy and regulatory approaches that advance the open web

Applications will be evaluated based on the selection criteria included in the job description, geographic considerations, and alignment with Mozilla’s strategic policy priorities. 

Compensation and Benefits

Senior Fellows are engaged on a fixed-term employment agreement based on a mutually agreed timeline. 

Senior Fellows receive an annual stipend of USD 100,000 (full-time equivalent) converted to, and paid in, local currency as an annual salary. Compensation is adjusted for part-time fellowships. Fellowship compensation falls outside of Mozilla’s staff compensation program and is considered a contribution for the benefit of an individual to aid in the pursuit of that individual’s own study or research, and may be higher or lower than a local market. 

  • Benefits

Senior Fellows are eligible to receive Mozilla employee benefits such as private medical insurance, access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), professional development, wellness budget, and paid time off (PTO).  Benefits are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Mozilla Foundation, and are pro-rated for fellows with a part-time status. 

Details about benefits specific to your location can be discussed in the interview process if your application is successful.

  • Project/Travel Supplement

Fellows also receive a project/travel budget supplement of up to $20,000 USD to offset expenses in connection with the pursuit of their independent project. The amount of the project/travel budget must be agreed with your Program Officer, and is intended to be used for project work that is for public benefit and not for the primary benefit of Mozilla.

We are happy to answer individual questions about the fellowship stipend and benefits during the interview process. 

Timeline

Part-time/Full-time, fixed term.

A fellowship may be proposed for a duration of 1- 2 years. The timeline proposed for the fellowship should be consistent with the proposed timeline for your fellowship project. 

Part-time and full-time fellowship commitments are invited, especially where a part-time arrangement gives you an opportunity to serve without stepping away from current ongoing professional or personal commitments. Part-time could be 50% time or 75% time. Compensation and benefits are adjusted for part-time fellowships.

There is some flexibility in the timing of the start-date for the fellowship, but we are planning for the cohort to kick off in October. 

Eligibility and Requirements

All applications must be in English.

Mozilla Foundation Engagement Practices:

Mozilla understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are crucial to and enrich our 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, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in this application or interview process, to perform essential functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation at accommodation@mozillafoundation.org.

Additionally, we require all participants in Mozilla’s Fellowships and Awards programs to agree and adhere to our community participation guidelines.

Why Mozilla?

At Mozilla, we’re serving humanity—by maintaining a safe, open internet—while also helping the individual humans employed here to reach their personal and professional goals. With a relatively small team serving hundreds of millions of people, a culture of exploration, and a commitment to mentorship, opportunities abound to learn and grow at Mozilla.


Our values drive our actions

  • Purpose is built into our work, with our mission driving every decision
  • We challenge assumptions, the status quo, ourselves, and each other
  • We are transparent: in our code, our business partnerships, and our everyday interactions
  • We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and with perspectives different from our own
  • We pair purpose with performance and put people ahead of profit

Our impact is global

  • 700+ paid staff from over 30 countries
  • Thousands of volunteer contributors across six continents
  • 9 global offices: Mountain View, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, London, Berlin, and Beijing
  • Hundreds of home offices globally

Our benefits are world-class

  • Flexible work environment (nearly half of Mozillians work remotely)
  • Industry-leading paid parental leave (up to 26 weeks of fully paid leave for childbearing parents and up to 12 weeks for non-childbearing parents)
  • Reimbursement for professional development (up to $3,000/year)
  • A work setup including the latest hardware and software of your choice