Director, Digital Currency Policy Lead

Visa, San Francisco CA, US

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Are you passionate about the intersection of public policy, payments, and cryptocurrency? Payment technology is constantly evolving, accelerating commerce, and emphasizing the need to contribute to the policy dialogue to help shape outcomes for consumers. The Director, Digital Currency Policy will play an instrumental role in developing and implementing government engagement strategies to advance Visa’s perspective on digital currency and contribute to the development of a public policy environment that encourages innovation and competition, while ensuring a secure, trusted, and robust payments ecosystem.

As a member of Visa's Global Policy team within Visa's Government Engagement (GE) organization, the Director will primarily be responsible for monitoring, researching, and providing strategic policy advice and thought leadership with respect to cryptocurrency and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). The Director will also work on a range of other strategic and emerging payments policy issues, as required.

Location for this role is flexible, though San Francisco Bay Area is preferred

Essential Functions:

  • In close partnership with the Visa Crypto team and other business leaders, monitor and track regulatory and public policy developments across markets, identify emerging policy trends, analyze their impacts to Visa, and work with cross-functional teams to develop a strategic response to emerging policy threats and opportunities.

  • Manage and lead development of government consultations related to cryptocurrency and CBDC, as required.

  • Build deep partnerships with Visa’s Crypto team, regional GE teams, and other Visa business unit colleagues, proactively identify opportunities for collaboration and deliver effective solutions.

  • Write and/or support development of crypto- and CBDC-related policy position papers,work with Fellows of the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute (VEEI) to identity, support and develop research projects and written content.

  • Support local and regional business executives and regional GE colleagues with specific requests for information, advice, industry data, as needed.

  • Support executive engagements by developing briefing materials, presentations, talking points, related to cryptocurrencies and CBDCs.

  • Advise internal stakeholders on the policy and regulatory impact of product and technology initiatives, inform and educate external policy stakeholders on Visa’s product and technology solutions related to cryptocurrency and CBDC. In close coordination with local GE, legal, and global regulatory affairs teams, advise Visa’s product teams on regulatory developments and compliance requirements, especially with respect to regulatory localization and other policy developments.

  • Manage external partnerships and third-party research and work statement that align with the responsibilities related to the role.

  • When required, develop research and policy analysis papers that advance the policy dialogue and public understanding of crypto related issues.

  • Articulate a positive and achievable vision for policies that spur innovation, inclusion, and competitiveness.

  • Strong public speaker and presenter with a proven track record of advancing public policy initiatives that support growth.

This is a hybrid position. Hybrid employees can alternate time between both remote and office. Employees in hybrid roles are expected to work from the office two days a week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a general guidepost of being in the office 50% of the time based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications:

• 10 years of work experience with a bachelor’s degree or at least 8 years of work experience with an advanced degree (e.g., Masters/MBA/JD/MD) or at least 3 years of work experience with a PhD

Preferred Qualifications:

• Undergraduate degree required. Multidisciplinary backgrounds ideal. Ideal candidate may have an MBA and a JD or a PhD in international economics or public policy, or relevant area.
• 15+ years progressive experience developing, managing, and implementing public policy strategies and thought leadership content, preferably in a global corporate environment.
• Strong understanding cryptocurrencies and CBDC required, advanced understanding of the broader payments business preferred.
• Ability to work closely with the business to receive input, collaborate, prioritize projects based on business objectives.
• Background in government, public affairs, digitization, finance, globalization, innovation, or economics preferred.
• Strong aptitude for highly technical subject matter.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and consulting skills. Ability to assess needs, influence, collaborate, and partner at the most senior levels in the organization.
• Experience working with a diverse group of highly technical learners and subject matter experts such as economists, product developers and strategists.
• Highly skilled in building external partner relationships and vendor management.
• Strong business acumen, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Critical and strategic thinking skills, with strong focus on service excellence, efficiency, accuracy, writing, and effective project/stakeholder/relationship skills.
Visa has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and visitors. As a condition of employment, all employees based in the U.S. are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a reasonable accommodation is approved or as otherwise required by law.

Work Hours: Varies upon the needs of the department.

Travel Requirements: This position requires travel 5-10% of the time.

Mental/Physical Requirements: This position will be performed in an office setting.  The position will require the incumbent to sit and stand at a desk, communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers.

Visa is an EEO Employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.  Visa will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with EEOC guidelines and applicable local law.

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable local law, including the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

About Visa

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce.

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