Director, State & Local Public Affairs at CLEAR

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With CLEAR, you are always you. CLEAR's mission is to enable frictionless and safe journeys using your identity. With more than 8 million members and 100+ partners across North America, CLEAR's identity platform connects you to the cards in your wallet - transforming the way you live, work and travel. Trust and privacy are the foundation of CLEAR. We have a commitment to members being in control of their own information and never sell member data. CLEAR is at the highest level of security by U.S. government regulators and is also certified as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology under the SAFETY Act.

We’re looking for a Director of State & Local Public Affairs responsible for strengthening CLEAR’s corporate reputation and brand awareness at the state and local level. Located in New York, this individual will develop and execute public affairs and communications strategies to effectively tell CLEAR’s story at the local level to elected officials, community partners, local opinion leaders, media and members. We’re looking for a strategic thinker and self-starter obsessed with the art of the possible and relentless execution.

What You Will Do:

  • Build and strengthen CLEAR’s corporate reputation and brand awareness in key markets and with key audiences
  • Work cross-functionally with Public Affairs, Operations, Marketing and Growth teams to develop and execute creative public affairs and communications campaigns that advance CLEAR's business objectives and best utilize our assets and resources
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in government, business, and other areas; and educate stakeholders on CLEAR’s mission and growth
  • Develop and execute plans to manage public policy and political challenges in select markets  
  • Identify, develop and manage strategic community partnerships in select markets 
  • Represent the company at events, legislative hearings, and stakeholder meetings as needed
  • Develop communications and collateral materials, including (but not limited to) press releases, media advisories, pitch notes, stakeholder communications, fact sheets and decks 
  • Manage vendors and political consultants in select markets 

Who You Are:

  • 15+ years experience in a political campaign, government role or fast-paced corporate or agency environment
  • Extensive and strong relationships with government, civic, media, non-profit, and business leaders in New York City and Albany 
  • Extensive knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process 
  • A strong self-starter who is eager to make their mark in a fast-paced organization
  • Experience working across diverse and differing political and geographic markets 
  • Experience leading a team
  • Excellent organization, communication, writing, and presentation skills
  • A team player who has experience working across multiple levels, teams, and regions
  • Experience with a wide range of communication channels including digital, broadcast, radio, and print
  • Ability to travel 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on tight deadlines
  • Intellectually curious with a positive attitude and willingness to adapt in a flexible and fast-paced environment

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Our building is convenient to several trains + bus stops! If you want a change of scenery, our club level has a gym, cafe, games, and a great lounge!

An Insider's view of CLEAR

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite things about CLEAR is how passionate and excited everyone here is about what we are building. You can really feel that in every conversation - you are empowered to put your ideas on the table and take ownership of the work you are doing. In a hybrid model it's even more important to share those values with other team members.


Senior Technical Recruiter

What projects are you most excited about?

Recently, I was working with our training team to create a leadership development program for our operations organization. We’re developing all of the courses in-house and it’s given me exposure to virtually every single team in the company. I’ve used these lessons to amp up my communication strategy for other projects.


Senior Director, Member Experience

What are some things you learned at the company?

In previous roles, I hadn’t had quite as much autonomy as I do at CLEAR. When starting here I didn’t realize I was empowered to make high-level suggestions, do proof of concepts, and present possible technology changes to the organization. It was great to get a nudge from my team and manager to be more open about my ideas to them and other teams.

Kyle Olson

Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

CLEAR is in an exciting transition from a small company to a large company with more focus on process and scalability. These are good problems to have and they leave so much room for employees to step up and grow into a desired role. It’s great to have an idea and be given the opportunity and support to lead something from a simple idea to a POC.


Senior Software Engineer

What are CLEAR Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Through our partnerships with and OneMedical, we offer various benefits relating to child care.
Remote Work Program
All CLEAR HQ's work in a hybrid model. Employees can work remotely up to 3 days/week (with at least 2 days in office.)
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
We provide daily, catered breakfast and lunch for those who are in office!
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We offer catered breakfast and lunch for those in office at each of our HQ locations!
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available

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