Head of Government Affairs

Headquartered in Boston, Forward Financing has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston and is certified as a Great Place to Work.® At Forward, we believe every business deserves financial opportunity. That’s why we provide fast, flexible capital to small businesses that have often been underserved by traditional financing options. Our mission is to build a world-class fintech company so our customers and people can reach their full potential. We’re investing in our employees, technology, and customer experience – with long-term success in mind every step of the way.

As Head of Government Affairs, you will help shape the long-term strategy of Forward Financing, and drive its mission of providing access to capital for under-served small businesses.  Directly reporting to our General Counsel, you will play a critical role in formulating our government affairs policies and initiatives, helping to develop our federal and state legislative policy, advocating  policy positions on behalf of the Company, and developing and maintaining positive working relationships with relevant government and political leaders.   

Why you should apply:

  • Meaningful work. Apply your expertise at a growing company where your decisions get implemented and you have the chance to build something new. 
  • Mission driven company. Forward is a trusted source of fast, flexible funding for small businesses that have often been underserved by traditional financing options. When you join the team, you will help ensure all small businesses have access to the financial support they need to succeed. 
  • Flexibility is a top priority. Our employees are empowered to choose where they want to work (whether that’s from home, in the office, or a combination of both) with flexible hours.

In this role you will:

  • Define our strategy and vision for government affairs - Work with the Company’s executive team, our in-house Legal team, our trade association and outside consultants to continually refine our government affairs policies, strategies and vision.  
  • Develop and own government affairs roadmap - Lead internal efforts to map out our strategies into discrete projects/workstreams, ensuring progress on all fronts and keeping all work organized.  Develop and adhere to project budgets.
  • Build relationships -  Build trusted relationships with legislators, regulators and other related parties, educating them regarding our product, our industry & our Company.  Travel regularly to relevant conferences and meetings throughout the country.
  • Lead Company advocacy efforts - Keep abreast of national, state and local legislative and regulatory developments that might affect the Company in the near or long term.  Advocate Company positions before government officials, policy makers and their staff, both on the federal level and in the 50 states.  Coordinate policy advocacy with other industry participants, trade associations and stakeholders.  Supervise our outside consultants and lobbyists.  Advise on the use of publicity to aid in advocacy efforts.

Requirements:

(Even if you don’t check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply.)

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • A deep understanding of legislative and regulatory processes
  • 7-10 years of relevant experience with government affairs, public policy, or government relations 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the operation of federal and state policy making process.
  • Ability to articulate and communicate company positions and goals to political leaders and decision makers on public issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with senior executives and government officials, including advocating and building relationships at national and state government levels.
  • The ability to plan and implement a political advocacy effort and persuasively communicate and advocate for company positions and policies through the legislative process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to solicit, receive, and implement feedback with the goal of relentless improvement
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Travel frequently within the U.S.

#LI-DNI 

Forward Financing Core Values:

  • Drive the Mission - We believe in financial opportunity for underserved small businesses. We say “yes” when others say “no.”
  • Keep It Real - We value direct communication, candid feedback, and authenticity. We are an open book.
  • Act With Kindness - We create an environment where caring is cool and helping is the norm. We do the right thing.
  • Shoot for Extraordinary - We are inspired by innovative thinking and continuous improvement. We never settle for yesterday’s best.

About Us:

Forward Financing is a fintech company headquartered in Boston that provides fast, flexible, and reliable capital to small businesses nationwide. Since 2012, Forward has provided over $1.6 billion in financing to more than 40,000 small businesses. Forward has been consistently named by the Boston Business Journal and Built In Boston (and more!) as one of the best places to work in Massachusetts.

Forward actively promotes a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do. We encourage a workplace where trust and respect are paramount and all employees feel valued, heard, and accepted. By accepting diversity of thought, background, and identity, we will continue to become a stronger team and a better organization.

Our diverse and driven group of over 400 people, with more than 200 based in the U.S., and 200 internationally, is a 100% employee-owned company. Our employees come to work (or log on virtually!) knowing they are helping thousands of small businesses while advancing their own careers. If this sounds exciting to you, learn more about our leadership team and our open opportunities.

Perks & Benefits:

At Forward, our team members are at the heart of our company, and we are committed to taking care of them as people, not just employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, and commuter benefits, a flexible time-off policy, 401k match, wellness reimbursement, paid volunteering days, annual professional development budget, and charitable donation match.

The health and safety of our colleagues is our top priority, which is why we will continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines on COVID-19 in our office. We have also implemented an Employee Choice policy, so that team members can work where they feel most comfortable. 

At Forward, employee choice means each individual gets to decide where they work. Almost all team members have the choice of where to live and where to work. As a business, we are focused on impact; we are more concerned with your contributions to the success of the company than where you get your work done. If face-to-face time is desired, people managers are empowered to find a cadence that works for their team. 

When we aren’t collaborating to drive business and support our customers, we’re finding virtual and in-person ways to get to know our colleagues, celebrate team wins, and have fun together! 

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