Head of Policy

| Greater Denver Area | Remote
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Checkr’s mission is to build a fairer future by designing technology to create opportunities for all. We believe all candidates, regardless of who they are, should have a fair chance to work. Established in 2014 and valued at $4.6B, Checkr is using technology to bring hiring to the next level. Our People Trust Platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help thousands of companies modernize their background check process and make hiring safer, more efficient, and more inclusive. Some of our customers include Uber, Instacart, Doordash, Netflix, Compass Group, and Adecco.

A career with Checkr is an opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest minds, disrupt an industry for a better future, and give otherwise overlooked candidates access to employment. Checkr has been recognized in Forbes Best Startup Employers and is a top Y Combinator company by valuation. 

Reporting to the General Counsel, you will lead Checkr’s policy initiatives and partner closely with Checkr’s customers to identify opportunities for collaboration on trust and safety, public records access, fair chance hiring, and the future of work. You will identify opportunities for proactive engagement with policymakers at all levels, while also evaluating the impact of new laws on Checkr and its customers.  You will ensure the company is involved in public policy issues that potentially affect its interests, reputation, and business and will also help identify and address emerging public policy issues and related risks that could affect Checkr or its customers. 

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement creative policy and regulatory strategies to support Checkr’s business and further its mission
  • Partner closely with Checkr’s customers to identify shared policy priorities and lead collaborative efforts to achieve those priorities 
  • Prepare written materials for Checkr and its customers to assist in advocacy efforts
  • Develop the company’s relationships with policymakers and stakeholders, including non-profit organizations, business trade associations, and other allies
  • Manage external lobbyists and consultants
  • Partner closely with the internal business teams, including legal, marketing, and communications to develop Checkr’s policy positions and thought leadership pieces 

What you bring:

  • 10+ years of experience in government affairs or government relations
  • Advanced degree (M.P.P., J.D., M.P.A.) preferred but not required 
  • Proven track record of advancing policy initiatives by developing creative campaigns and building support through diverse coalitions
  • Ability to connect key business issues and competitive drivers to public policy matters and obtain value to advance the business interests and reputation of the company
  • Demonstrated ability to operate at both strategic and tactical levels
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work with lawyers, policymakers, business teams, and customers to make complex concepts easy to understand  
  • Excellent judgment and attention to detail
  • Collaborative team player with a good sense of humor
  • Self-starter who is flexible and able to organize, prioritize and complete multiple priorities and projects (internally and externally) in a fast-paced environment.  
  • Ability to learn quickly and take on challenging new projects with enthusiasm

What you get:

  • A fast-paced and collaborative environment
  • Learning and development allowance
  • Competitive compensation and opportunity for advancement
  • 100% medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Unlimited PTO policy
  • Monthly wellness stipend, home office stipend

The base salary for this position will vary based on geography and other factors.  In accordance with Colorado law, the base salary for this role if filled within Colorado is $181,050 - $213,000. 

Equal Employment Opportunities at Checkr

Checkr is committed to hiring talented and qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds for all of its tech, non-tech, and leadership roles. Checkr believes that the gathering and celebration of unique backgrounds, qualities, and cultures enriches the workplace.   

Checkr also welcomes the opportunity to consider qualified applicants with prior arrest or conviction records. Checkr’s commitment to diversity extends to hiring talented individuals in spite of a prior criminal history in accordance with local, state, and/or federal laws, including the San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance.

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An Insider's view of Checkr

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What are Checkr Perks + Benefits

Checkr Benefits Overview

Checkr provides generous benefits and perks including comprehensive healthcare, unlimited PTO, commuter benefits, gym reimbursement, work from home Wednesday and an annual learning and development allowance.

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Checkr offers equity in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) that vest over a 4 year period.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary or secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Checkr provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times and a company wide initiative to work from home on Wednesdays.
Remote Work Program
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Checkr pays $100 a month for commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
We provide free breakfast on Monday. Employees get free lunch and dinner on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Checkr has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited drinks, snacks, coffee and tea.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Checkr reimburses $50 a month for gym memberships.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Checkr has a $2,850 budget per person for additional learning and development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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