Director, Mozilla Builders Incubator at Mozilla

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August 25, 2023

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The opportunity 

Mozilla exists to build a better internet. The Mozilla Innovation Ecosystems group is tasked with advancing the next phase of innovation at Mozilla through collaborations with people and organizations who share our values. 

We are looking for an experienced leader to shape, launch and lead our new startup accelerator program. The program’s goal is to cultivate startups that share Mozilla’s mission to build a healthier internet and enrich people’s lives. We want to establish a community of founders creating disruptive companies who have the courage and vision to build great businesses that also have a positive impact on people and society.  

As the Director of the Mozilla Builders Accelerator, you will recruit, and invest in the best possible set of ambitious founders and help them get their companies off the ground. You will design the accelerator class framework including the investment thesis, learning curriculum, outreach strategy, and pitch day. Within the program and beyond you will help founders through mentorship, introductions, deal-making, problem-solving, and evangelizing. You will help build a small team who will assist in designing and launching an incredible experience that founders will be proud to participate in. You will have support from our corporate development and broader ecosystem teams.

The Director of Builders is responsible for curating a diverse set of founders for each program class that fits Mozilla’s ambitious goals to support founders with a responsible mission working to build a healthy internet. You will cultivate relationships with the rest of the startup ecosystem including entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and others. You will report to the SVP of Innovation Ecosystems. 

What you’ll do: 

Lead the development and launch of the accelerator program, including establishing partnerships, developing programming, and selecting and supporting participating startups

Work closely with startup teams to identify and address their needs, provide mentorship, and connect them with resources to help them succeed

Help startups navigate success, failures, and difficult decisions

Help build the Mozilla Global Entrepreneur Network

Develop a comprehensive plan to measure and report on the impact of the program on participating startups and the broader community

Build relationships with the broader startup ecosystem to help startups access funding, expertise, and networks

Work collaboratively with Mozilla internal teams to ensure alignment with the company's mission of keeping the internet open and accessible to all - stay connected with Mozilla product initiatives and strategy

Identify opportunities for collaborations between founding teams and Mozilla to support our broader innovation ecosystems agenda

Represent the Mozilla Builders Accelerator in the global community

What you’ll bring:

10+ years of experience in fast-paced environments: startups, venture capital, or startup acceleration/incubation, with a proven track record of success 

Strong knowledge of consumer technology and trends in the startup ecosystem

Experience with fundraising, term sheets, and partnership deals

Acute empathy towards the founder journey: either through personal entrepreneurial experience or working very closely with startup CEOs

Self-starter energy, an ability to work with little direction and process

Ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders

Passion for supporting entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented groups

A commitment to Mozilla’s Mission to build a healthier internet and dedication to help solve issues such as unintended consequences of technology, discrimination, bias, misinformation, privacy abuse, and others

Charisma and an ability to give public speeches and represent the accelerator and Mozilla 

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 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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Req ID: R2161

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