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Responsible Computing Fellow 🔥


The Mozilla Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit organization that exists to protect and promote the Internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

The Responsible Computing Challenge [1] (RCC), a global initiative passionate about integrating ethics into computing education, is a core part of this work. By helping to fuel a new generation of engineers, designers, and technologists who consider ethics as a primary design constraint, the Challenge is driving a shift in technology education that will lead to more trustworthy AI and a healthier internet. Since its launch in 2018, Fellows in the challenge have played a key role in the success of the initiative, using  their role as a springboard into professorships, principal investigator positions, and government leadership roles. 

We are seeking an additional full-time US-based Fellow to help guide the program into its next era of growth. The ideal candidate is a subject-matter expert  with a deep understanding of the responsible computing education landscape in the United States and abroad. The candidate should also demonstrate a passion for contributing to an environment with responsible technologists and an awareness of how technology is influencing academic disciplines well beyond Computer Science. 

In this role, the fellow will support the ongoing growth and development of the Challenge. They will work alongside the Challenge’s team and partners to grow a more robust academic network focused on responsible computing. Additionally, the fellow will evangelize the Challenge and responsible computing in both academia and industry. 

Key responsibilities for the Fellow include: 

  • Strategy: Help lead the Challenge’s United States strategy and implementation with an eye towards long-term sustainability. 

  • Community Building: Build partnerships with the community through in-person and virtual events, especially developing and supporting grantees. These community building events could include local symposia, faculty working groups, workshops, etc.

  • Global Community Building: Collaborate with other Fellows to build the Global Community of Practice, helping with event and community design and facilitating convenings. 

  • Thought Leadership: Advising Mozilla’s work in MSIs, HBCUs, TCUs, and HSIs through expertise and thought leadership. 

  • Learning: Documenting and sharing findings across geographies and supporting the program’s overall measurement, evaluation, and learning strategy. 

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • You are located in the United States. 

  • You have expertise in computing, humanities, library and information science, social science, higher education pedagogy, or other relevant experience that will allow you to serve as a peer, mentor, and thought partner to educators and other community members seeking to change the way technologists are educated. 

  • You have a deep contextual understanding of the responsible computing and educational landscape in the United States.

  • You have a strong existing network within academia and/or industry on which to draw. 

  • You have built, worked within, or run communities of practice.

  • You have experience as a grant maker or grant recipient.

  • You can work in a self-directed manner to achieve agreed goals and outcomes.

  • You bring strong interpersonal skills, a keen ability to communicate, and strong relationship building skills.

  • You enjoy working in a  diverse and geographically distributed team across time zones, languages, and cultures. 

Compensation and Benefits 

The Fellow will be engaged on a fixed-term employment agreement at a full-time level (100%), ending May 31, 2024. 

Fellows receive an annual salary of $90,000 USD for a commitment of 40 hours/week. 

Fellows may be 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. 

Timeline

Full-time (100% or 40hrs/wk), fixed term.

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 essential 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 [2].

Additionally, we require all participants in Mozilla’s Fellowships and Awards programs, which the positions fall under, to agree and adhere to our community participation guidelines [3].

Please contact fellowships@mozillafoundation.org [4] with any questions about this fellowship opportunity.

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  1. https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/what-we-fund/awards/responsible-computer-science-challenge/
  2. mailto:accommodation@mozillafoundation.org
  3. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/governance/policies/participation/
  4. mailto:fellowships@mozillafoundation.org

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