Public Affairs Associate

27 Jan, 2021


Public Affairs Associate
New York, NY

Better is redefining homeownership and making it simpler, faster—and most importantly—more accessible for everyone. We leverage technology and expertise to find ways that we can make the homebuying journey more approachable and understandable.

  • Right now we’re funding over $3 billion in home loans per month
  • We’ve funded over $14 billion in loans and $3.5 billion in insurance
  • We ranked #1 in the U.S. on LinkedIn’s Top Startups 2020
  • We ranked #11 on Fortune’s Best Places to Work in Financial Services 2020
  • Our Founder and CEO was named in Comparably’s Top 25 CEOs for Diversity
  • We were listed to Forbes’ FinTech 50 2020
  • And #15 on the 2020 CNBC Disruptor 50
  • We’ve secured over $254 million from our investors to date

Our company is made up of driven, passionate people who bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to everything we do and we are committed to fostering diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. We see the perspectives that each person brings and a diverse workforce as essential for individual and collective success. We believe it’s important to foster a company culture that encourages curiosity and passion—from employee resource groups and learning opportunities to team outings and community outreach.

A Better opportunity: 

As a Public Affairs Associate, you will play a meaningful role in our advocacy strategy for building partnerships with third parties, issue groups, and nonprofits across the country. You will be one of the frontline managers of our advocacy priorities, including maintaining relationships with organizations in our key states, as well as leading the formalization of partnerships with those groups in order to serve our public policy goals and our legislative priorities. You will work closely with people across the company, including government affairs, communications, legal, and compliance, in our effort to cement our relationships with key advocacy partners.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Analyzing the political landscape throughout the country, helping determine influential organizations and potential partners, and their impact in relevant states and with relevant lawmakers
  • Advocating for company’s public policy priorities to external parties, through speaking engagements and the written word
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders across the business to identify public policy initiatives, and helping translate them in a way that’s accessible to external audiences
  • Participating in roundtables and engagements to raise the company’s profile in areas relevant to our business interests
  • Cultivating day-to-day relationships with external parties, creating partnerships that are mutually beneficial
  • Appealing to groups internally, making the pitch for additional resourcing and emphasis on issues that will bolster our policy goals
  • Having good common sense and political instincts, able to adapt as situations change both internally and externally

About you:

The ideal candidate will be a thoughtful and effective communicator who can navigate uncertainty and has outstanding political instincts, and who also has the following:

  • At least four years of policy, advocacy, or government relations experience in a corporate, third party, or legislative setting
  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience
  • Experience fostering cross functional relationships with an ability to listen, collaborate, and influence others to achieve the common goal of elevating our public policy and legislative priorities
  • Strong storytelling skills with the ability to identify and share compelling, relevant stories that support business objectives
  • Strong project management skills with proven ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize assignments

The Better mission is rooted in values that drive us.

  • We do what’s in the best interest of the consumer, not ourselves
  • We have growth mindsets, not fixed ones
  • We believe that success lies in execution, not credentials
  • We act like owners, not just employees
  • We work to find answers on our own, not wait for them to be given to us
  • We optimize for mission, not ego

Our mission speaks for itself—we continue to outpace the industry at every turn. We’ve recently joined forces in partnership with Ally Bank, and our backers have helped build some of the most transformative tech and finance companies in history. Kleiner Perkins, Goldman Sachs, American Express, Citigroup, Activant Capital, Ally Bank, and others have invested in our vision for what homeownership can be.

Better Benefits & Compensation is committed to paying NYC HQ salary bands, for all employees, regardless of where they are located and does not adjust salaries based on cost of living location. Our total rewards package consists of base salary, yearly cash bonus, equity and benefits. Additional employment-related benefits include:

  • A $500 stipend to set up the WFH office of your dreams
  • Comprehensive healthcare, retirement, and voluntary benefits—including medical, dental, vision, savings accounts, 401k, and more
  • Personalized care and tools for realizing your mental health and wellness goals
  • Robust holistic wellbeing offerings where you can experience unlimited access to virtual fitness, meditation, yoga, cooking classes, homeschooling preparedness, physical therapy, and more
  • Unlimited time off (with manager approval)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave after only 90 days of employment, and 20 weeks after 24 months of service
  • Inclusive fertility benefits for you or your eligible dependents, regardless of participation in a Better medical plan

Better is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, family or parental status, disability, military or veteran status, age, or any other basis protected by law. All employment decisions at Better are based on a person’s merit, business needs, and role requirements.

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Job posted: 2021-01-27