Federal Affairs Policy Lead

22 Oct, 2019


Federal Affairs Policy Lead

Washington, DC

Company Description

We believe the economy is better when everyone has access. When everyone has room to grow. No one should be left out because the cost is too great or the technology too complex. We started with a little white credit card reader but haven’t stopped there. We’re empowering the independent electrician to send invoices, setting up the favorite food truck with a delivery option, helping the ice cream shop pay its employees, and giving the burgeoning coffee chain capital for a second, third, and fourth location. We’re here to help sellers of all sizes start, run, and grow their business—and helping them grow their business is good business for everyone.

Job Description

As the Federal Affairs Policy Lead, you will develop and execute a strategy for engagement with federal lawmakers. You will deepen relationships, track key legislative and regulatory issues, and will work cross functionally to ensure Square’s vision of economic empowerment and access to financial systems is well represented at all levels of the federal government.

You will:

  • Develop and execute strategies to engage proactively and reactively with federally elected officials, Congressional staff, third party groups, regulatory agencies, and the Administration on issues affecting Square
  • Find creative, proactive ways to engage with elected stakeholders to deliver key messaging on issues of importance
  • Maintain fluency on a wide variety of regulatory and policy issues including financial regulation, trade, tax, AI/machine learning, cryptocurrencies, intellectual property, and privacy
  • Serve as an effective advocate for Square and our customers on key policy and political matters, and craft positions for the company that will establish us as a thought leader and innovator
  • Track and develop strategies around key legislative and regulatory issues
  • Drive cross-functional processes to develop thoughtful, inclusive, and cohesive responses to incoming policy hurdles


You have:

  • 6+ years of experience in federal government relations, with a strong preference for experience in the financial services and technology sectors
  • Exemplary strategic instincts, a love of technology, and passion for Square’s purpose
  • A demonstrated track record of successfully navigating complex policy issues
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across internal functions
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, and advocacy skills; an ability to effectively explain complicated issues and policy positions to any audience
  • Entrepreneurial style and comfort working in fast-paced environments
  • Impeccable ethics and high integrity
  • Curiosity, creative thinking, and a sense of humor
  • An appreciation of the Oxford comma

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply and always consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible. Perks At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes: Healthcare coverage, Retirement Plans, Employee Stock Purchase Program, Meal reimbursements, Wellness perks, Paid parental leave, Flexible time off, Learning and Development resources
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Job posted: 2019-10-22