Director, Government Affairs

25 Apr, 2022


Director, Government Affairs

Remote/Oakland, CA
About Binti
Binti builds software that helps every child have a stable, loving family. Over 400,000 children are currently in foster care in the US. Thirty percent of the homeless population in the US and 25% of prison inmates experienced child welfare as youth. The majority of sexually trafficked youth are current or former foster youth. Children who do not have the benefit of growing up in stable families do not have a fair chance at life. Binti is working hard to change this.
Since launching in 2017, Binti has helped over 40,000 families get approved to foster and/or adopt children. Binti partners with county and state governments as well as private agencies across 27 states to improve the foster care system. The 190+ agencies using Binti serve about 22% of children in child welfare in the US. On average, agencies using Binti have increased the number of approved families by 80%, making a real dent in the shortage of foster/adoptive parents for children in the US. Beyond helping families foster/adopt children, Binti is launching software to support families who are struggling to get the services they need to stay together with or reunify with their children.
We’re a team of 80+ people and the Binti Family is growing quickly. We have a huge, ambitious vision to help every child have a family and rewire government to be more effective in order to expand opportunity for people around the world. We care about creating a workplace where everyone feels welcome and can bring their full self to work. We are looking for mission-driven, high empathy, high performance, low ego team members to join us on this exciting journey.
Binti is a for-profit, mission-driven software company based in Oakland, CA. Investors include Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Kapor Capital, and others.
Join us as we strive to reinvent child welfare, and make a difference one community at a time.
As a Director of Government Affairs at Binti, you will be an integral part of Binti’s growth and engagement with state child welfare agencies across the country. You will develop strategies for Binti’s government affairs efforts and then implement those strategies, building strong relationships with legislators, policymakers, policy advocates, relevant associations, business leaders, and other crucial stakeholders in an effort to expand Binti’s impact across the country. You will partner closely with Binti’s business development team as well as external government relations contractors.

What you will do:

    • Build the government affairs function – Build the government affairs function rooted in best industry practices and rigorous compliance with ethics rules and regulations.  Ensuring all work is in alignment with Binti’s value and Code of Ethics.  Identify relevant issues and policies, craft policy positions, and formulate strategies to support Binti’s strategic business objectives.
    • Government Relations – Lead the company’s state and federal advocacy efforts, to include establishing and managing third party relationships that influence legislative and regulatory activity affecting the company.
    • Industry Relations – Cultivate a strong network of active contacts within industry associations and thought leaders to help shape policies and build Binti’s profile with key policymakers. Closely partner with working groups who focus on important issues impacting Binti and the industry.
    • Leadership Support – Anticipate and identify emerging policy trends and issues, acting as a trusted advisor and senior policy expert to leadership. Collaborate with internal teams to develop and implement strategies. Act as the Company’s representative in various interactions with government officials and recommend when senior leadership involvement is appropriate.
    • Evaluate – monitor, research, track, and analyze state and federal regulations that impact child welfare software systems.

Who you are and what we love about you:

    • 7+ years of legislative, regulatory, political, or public administration experience
    • Deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes
    • Able to navigate complex policy and legislative issues, break through walls, develop innovative strategies, and present compelling stories to a wide range of audiences
    • Demonstrated interpersonal, verbal, written, presentation, and leadership skills with ability to work well with, influence, and inform diverse groups, including peers and business partners
    • Self-starter with executive presence who collaborates cross-functionally
    • Highly capable of providing honest opinions, and diverse and inclusive perspectives
    • Committed to the highest integrity with strict adherence to all laws and regulations as well as Binti’s policies and values
    • Strength in coalition building
    • Passionate about increasing equality of opportunity
    • Capable of building strong relationships quickly and interacting with a wide range of people within and outside the organization
    • Proven track record of managing legislative issues with a multitude of stakeholders, a record of successful outcomes, and a positive reputation
At Binti, we celebrate having a diverse team and believe our differences make us stronger. Binti is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
Perks and Benefits:
– An above-market compensation package (Base + Equity)
– Excellent medical, dental, vision, and life insurance – 99% of insurance premiums covered for you + your dependents
– Flexible vacation time to promote a healthy work-life blend, targeting 20 days/year
– 16 weeks of paid parental bonding leave for the arrival of a newborn or newly placed infant
– 13 Federally observed holidays including Juneteenth + Election Day
– Sick/Mental Health time separate from vacation days (72 hours)
– 4 weeks of sabbatical after 4 years of service at the company
– 401(k) with 100% match of contributions up to 4% of your annual salary
– Commuter benefits, FSA, and DCSA with administration paid for
– Remote home office setup includes $1000 reimbursement
– $5,000 annual bonus for employees who volunteer as CASAs (court-appointed special advocates)
– $2,500 annual reimbursement for ongoing learning and development, with opportunities to attend trainings/conferences, on-site speaker series, and lunch and learns
– $1,000 reimbursement for virtual home office setup
– $100/month remote work stipend to cover internet, electricity, or home office setup costs, or $250/month for a co-working space
– Weekly reimbursement for lunch with coworkers – virtually or at our Oakland office
– Paid Jury Duty
At Binti, we celebrate having a diverse team and believe our differences make us stronger. Binti is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Job posted: 2022-04-25