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State Public Policy Lead - Western Region

Company: Block
Location: Phoenix
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams - People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more - provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block. Job Description

As State Public Policy Lead, reporting to the Head of State and Local Public Policy, you will develop a strategy for engagement with state policymakers in a group of states in the Western U.S. You will deepen relationships, track legislative and regulatory issues to ensure Block's vision of economic empowerment and access to financial systems is well represented at all levels of state government.


You Will:

  • Develop and execute strategies to engage with state-level elected and appointed officials, legislative and executive staff, regulatory agencies, third-party groups, and industry partners on issues affecting Block.
  • Find creative ways to engage with policy partners to bring messaging on issues of importance.
  • Maintain fluency on a variety of regulatory and policy issues including financial regulation, cryptocurrency, decentralized finance, technology, consumer protection, tax, and data privacy.
  • Be an advocate for Block and our customers on important policy and political matters, and craft positions for us that will establish us as an expert and innovator
  • Track essential legislative and regulatory activity affecting Block and its community of sellers.
  • Develop thoughtful, inclusive, and cohesive responses to incoming policy hurdles.
  • Work with and help manage outside consultants.
  • Help with coalition building through third-party groups and partnerships.
    You Have
    • 5 years of experience in U.S. state government relations, with a preference for experience in the financial services, cryptocurrency, and technology sectors.
    • A love of technology, and passion for Block's purpose.
    • Experience navigating complex policy issues.
    • Experience working collaboratively across internal departments.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication; an ability to explain complicated issues and policy positions to any audience.
    • Curiosity and ability to collaborate.
    • An appreciation for the Oxford comma.
      Additional Information

      We're working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

      We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we're doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.

      Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, and always assess candidates on an individualized basis.


      We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
      • Healthcare coverage
      • Retirement Plans
      • Employee Stock Purchase Program
      • Wellness perks
      • Paid parental leave
      • Paid time off
      • Learning and Development resources
        Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD54566975, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD54566975 is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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