Head of Government Relations

| Greater NYC Area
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Help us Build the Future of Money

Gemini Trust Company, LLC (Gemini) is a licensed digital asset exchange and custodian. We built the Gemini platform so customers can buy, sell, and store digital assets (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Zcash) in a regulated, secure, and compliant manner.

Digital assets and blockchain technology have the power to transform the world for good. This truth, along with our core values, form the bedrock of our company and culture. At Gemini, no job is too small and no project too big as we endeavor to build the future of money. We are a mission-driven, team-based, inclusive, and determined community of thought leaders who invest in each other and the long game. Join us in our mission!

The Department: Legal

The Legal department at Gemini is making history, paving the way when it comes to applying the legacy of law to the future of money. On this team, we tackle complex and unprecedented applications of the current legal system to the revolutionary industry of cryptocurrency. At Gemini, Legal plays a critical role in guiding innovation and driving value for the business, while upholding our core tenets of security, compliance, and trust for our customers. Join us and help define the Legal Department of the Future.


The Role: Head of Government Relations

We are seeking a seasoned government affairs professional — our first external hire in this role. This person will lead and grow an effective government relations practice that accelerates Gemini's growth across the world and supports our mission. The ideal candidate is both an architect and a builder: you can craft a strategy (state and federal) and also roll up your sleeves to get the job done. You are an expert communicator and collaborator, and you are motivated by accountability to deliver clear results. Importantly, you will develop a regulatory approach that builds trust in and goodwill for Gemini — trust is our product.


Responsibilities:

  • Develop winning regulatory strategies. We’ll look to you to get up to speed on our business, industry, and regulatory affairs priorities quickly. From there, you’ll architect the strategies, campaigns, and repeatable playbooks that mitigate challenges and accelerate our business.
  • Effectively execute on multiple workstreams. You’ll own and oversee all aspects of implementation and execution of those winning strategies. This will require you to be both a master project manager and strong individual contributor with a ‘no job too small’ mindset.
  • Hire and manage the talent. You’ll select, onboard and manage external advisors as-needed. You’ll ensure they’re working in lock-step with our business, checking in regularly to update them on the latest, calibrating and coordinating on state-level efforts, and driving them toward desired outcomes. Over time, you will have the opportunity to grow an in-house team, too.
  • Represent Gemini externally. You’ll serve as our primary external representative to interface with elected officials, regulators, policymakers, their staff, and other influential third party organizations and thought leaders.
  • Develop compelling assets. You’ll draft and edit official brand materials including one-pagers, op-eds, policy proposals, comments on regulations, requests for information, formal correspondence, briefing materials, and more. You’ll ensure these assets are always aligned with our brand and consistent with our regulatory positions.
  • Partner with the business. A key part of your success will rely on having a deep understanding of how crypto and Gemini work, from both a product and organizational perspective. You’ll also need to ensure teams are supporting our regulatory priorities and positions. This will require you to cultivate strong relationships with stakeholders across the business.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in government relations, representing fast-growing companies in heavily regulated industries 
  • Fluency in English

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of and interest in disruptive technology and financial services; prior experience working in finance, fintech, and crypto a plus
  • Proven ability to get up to speed on a complex business and regulatory environment quickly, translating that knowledge into effective programs
  • Strong collaboration skills: a team player who adeptly manages internal stakeholders, secures their buy-in, and brings collaborators along for the ride
  • Exceptional communication skills; mastery of clear, compelling writing and presentation in any setting; magical ability to simultaneously persuade and build trust
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, with accountability to clear targets, deadlines and outcomes; execution-focus with a ‘no job too small’ mentality, and an ability to flawlessly juggle multiple priorities at once;
  • Track record of strategic thinking and ability to see around corners and architect a clear plan that takes into account short-term objectives while preserving long-term optionality

It Pays to Work Here

We take a holistic approach to compensation at Gemini, which includes:

  • Competitive base salaries across all departments
  • Ownership in the company via profit sharing units
  • Amazing benefits, 401k match contribution, and flexible hours
  • Snacks, Perks, Wellness Outings & Events

Gemini is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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Location

New York, NY 10010

An Insider's view of Gemini

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Before I started, I was told that taking a job at Gemini was a great idea because of how excited everyone was to be there. After working here for more than two years, I still believe that to be true. The office is constantly buzzing with incredibly smart people who are working to build Gemini into the long-lasting business we know it can be.

Marjorie

Manager, Cash Management

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

A risk team is typically seen as a group that says "no”; at Gemini, establishing relationships and collaborating are key to understanding risks, which better enables us to say "yes" (or "yes, but..."). Communicating clearly and regularly, keeping things simple, and being flexible in a complex space reduces the risk of a message being lost.

Yusuf

Head of Risk

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

At Gemini, I learned how to advocate for myself. The startup struggle is real and if you don't speak up, your needs won't be heard in the fast-paced environment. Luckily, I’ve been able to grow my career by gaining cross-functional experience and flexing my muscles in the two areas I love the most -- helping customers and designing for them.

Mariel

Customer Support Associate

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Team meetings and 1:1s are necessary for communication and productivity, but the daily interactions are what really make you accessible. You need to show genuine interest in everyone professionally and personally. I make a connection with each person so they know they are welcome to stop by my desk or ask for my support outside of “scheduled” time.

Jeanine

Managing Director of Operations

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

When we start a project, I challenge my team to look outside of the finance space, to take inspiration from other creative spaces such as art, industrial design, fashion, automotive, etc., and try to translate that into a solution for our industry and users. It's important to set the tone that solutions to problems can come from anyone or anywhere.

Ty

Creative Director

What are Gemini Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage for employees through Guardian PPO
Vision Benefits
Vision coverage through VSP
Health Insurance Benefits
Gemini's health insurance plan with our preferred provider Empire BCBS provides 3 plans, an EPO and 2 PPO at very little cost to employees!
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Gemini's 401(k) retirement plan through ADP offers a broad selection of stocks, bonds and international index funds to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Gemini's 401(k) matches an employee's contributions up to 5% of their base salary, with immediate vesting for matched contributions. Employees are eligible to contribute after 90 days of employment
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
We happily sponsor annual Take Your Child to Work Days.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Gemini's unlimited PTO policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, provided they get their manager's approval.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Gemini is generous in adding sick days on an as-needed basis.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees through Navia.
Company Outings
We typically host quarterly company outings - past events include baseball games and Coney Island.
Stocked Kitchen
We keep our kitchens and pantries well-stocked with snacks, soft drinks, cold brew coffee, and, of course, LaCroix.
Happy Hours
We host monthly happy hours with collaborative activities like employee presentations, trivia, Mario Kart, etc.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Gemini hosts monthly Lunch and Learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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