Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Flex is a growth-stage, NYC headquartered FinTech company that is creating the best rent payment experience. It’s hard to believe that it’s 2024 and paying rent on time is expensive, inflexible, and difficult. We’re here to change that! Flex enables our users to pay rent throughout the month on a schedule that better fits their finances and budget. Our mission is to empower as many renters as possible with flexibility over their most significant recurring expense. After deliberately keeping a stealth profile as we built up unprecedented investor support and an enthusiastic user base, we are looking for motivated individuals to help us keep our mission growing. Will you be a part of the team?

About the role

As the first Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Flex, you will be responsible for developing and executing our public policy strategy at both federal and state levels. This role requires a deep understanding of the U.S. political and regulatory environment, with a focus on fintech and financial services. You will act as the primary liaison with government agencies, legislators, and industry groups, advocating for policies that support Flex's mission and business goals.

What you’ll do

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive public policy strategy that addresses both state and federal issues impacting Flex.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments, analyze potential impacts on the business, and develop strategic responses.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in government, industry associations, and advocacy groups.
  • Lead policy advocacy efforts, including drafting position papers, comments on proposed regulations, and other materials to effectively communicate Flex's views.
  • Collaborate with internal teams, including Legal, Compliance, and Operations, to ensure alignment between business practices and public policy goals.
  • Represent Flex in public forums, conferences, and policy discussions, serving as a spokesperson on policy issues.
  • Advise senior leadership on public policy matters, contributing to strategic decisions.

Key qualifications

  • 12+ years of experience in public policy, government affairs, or a related field, with a focus on fintech or financial services. Experience in multifamily housing policy is a plus.
  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, or related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proven track record of developing and executing policy strategies at both state and federal levels in at least one in-house role.
  • Strong understanding of the U.S. legislative and regulatory process; experience within or engagement with consumer protection regulators (e.g., CFPB, FTC) preferred.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills to build and maintain relationships with external partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to travel as required for meetings, conferences, and other events.
  • Excellent judgment.

The national pay range for this role is $250,000-$350,000 in base salary. Individual compensation will be commensurate with the candidate's experience aligned with Flex's internal leveling guidelines and benchmarks.

Life at Flex:

We understand that it takes a diverse team of highly intelligent, curious, determined, empathetic, and self aware people to grow a successful company. Our HQ is located in New York City, but we have employees located throughout the US, Australia, and South America. We are growing quickly, but deliberately, with a focus on building an inclusive culture. Our dynamic team has incredible perspectives to share, just as we know you do, and we take great pride in being an equal opportunity workplace.

We offer many employee benefits. For full time, U.S. based employees we offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • 100% company-paid medical, dental, and vision
  • 401(k) + company stock options
  • Unlimited paid time off with a PTO minimum + 13 company paid holidays
  • Parental leave
  • Flex Cares Program: Non-profit company match + pet adoption coverage
  • Free Flex subscription