Guild is hiring a Head of Policy to lead the strategy and execution of government engagement efforts, steer efforts around public policy and to partner with Guild’s executive team to stay engaged with and align our efforts to the landscape of regulatory, Congressional and federal policy issues.
This is an opportunity to serve in a newly formed role and to deepen Guild’s public policy work and connection with leading public policy makers and to advocate for working adult learners. We are looking for a leader with an established track record who can deliver impactful advice and strategies around key issues. This role is a good fit for someone with diverse interests in policy work at the intersection of business, the future of work, and higher education. This leader will work closely with Guild’s senior executive team, our external affairs and communications teams, and other key stakeholders impacted by federal policy.
In this role, you will:
- Define and execute strategy for managing public policy and government relations, with a primary focus on federal policy, and a secondary focus on engaging state and quasi-regulatory bodies focused on education and labor and workforce development issues.
- Proactively drive an agenda at the national level on policy and regulations supporting Guild’s students, employer partners, academic partners and key stakeholders.
- Manage external resources focused on Guild’s policy and public affairs initiatives at the federal and state level.
- Collaborate with other key stakeholders across Guild to keep them abreast of policy issues and define and articulate a public policy strategy.
- Collaborate with Guild’s employer partners and universities on public policy initiatives to drive shared outcomes.
You are a strong fit for this role if you have:
- A track record of defining and owning an organization’s policy and advocacy strategy. You’ve succeeded at implementing an agenda.
- Expertise and/or strong intellectual curiosity related to the intersection of education, labor, automation and technology.
- Worked in a high-growth organization with an understanding of the demands of startups and/or technology companies.
- At least 8–10 years of experience in public policy, government relations and/or advocacy.
- Experience building and maintaining relationships with key policy stakeholders.
- Superb communication skills; ability to shape communication to clients that will produce impact, engagement and results.
- Experience working cross functionally in a fast-paced, ambiguous environment.
- Comfort serving at both a strategic and operational level. Willing to both set a strategy and lead the execution of that strategy in a startup environment.
- Strong interpersonal skills: Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with senior stakeholders internally and externally and to communicate effectively while under pressure– balancing confidence, humility and diplomacy.
Guild is increasing economic mobility for working adults by partnering with the largest employers in the country to offer education as a benefit to their employees via our marketplace of nonprofit universities and education institutions. Guild’s proprietary technology platform facilitates the administration of this innovative benefit and our team of coaches helps each employee navigate the path back to school, providing individualized support from day one through program completion.
We also just became the latest female-led company to hit a $1billion valuation and the only B-corp with those qualifications. Our Series D round was led by Ken Chenault, General Catalyst Partners chairman and former CEO of AMEX, and joined by Emerson Collective, LeadEdge Capital, and Iconiq.
Guild Education is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Additionally, we feel passionately about equal pay for equal work, and transparency in compensation is one vehicle to achieve that. Total compensation for this role is market competitive, including a base salary range of $150,000-$200,000 and bonus eligibility, as well as company stock options.
- Access to low-cost, high-quality health care options through Cigna and Kaiser (due to coverage limitations, Kaiser is currently only available in CA & CO)
- Access to a 401k to help save for your future
- 3 weeks of vacation in your first year and an open vacation policy after year 1 to help you recharge
- 8 days of fully-paid sick leave, so that you can take the time to heal and or recover
- Family-friendly benefits, including 14 weeks of parental leave, employer-paid short-term and long-term disability, employer-sponsored life insurance, and fertility care benefits.
- Well-rounded wellness benefits including access to free and low cost mental health resources and support services
- Education benefits and tuition assistance to help your future development and growth