Crypto Lead

AIR is searching for a Crypto Lead to help lead and execute our strategic work in the cryptocurrency and DeFi field.

AIR is a global non-profit that is helping build a fair financial system by promoting use of responsible technology to enhance the financial health of consumers and small businesses. AIR believes the financial industry and its regulators can use ‘technology for good’ to advance financial consumer protection and inclusion, gender and racial equity, green finance and curtailment of crimes like human trafficking, in the US and globally.


💲 Salary commensurate with experience

🩺 Healthcare coverage

📈 Retirement plans

🏡 Primarily a work-from-home position, with occasional travel as needed

🌴 Flexible time off

Job Description

Our fast-growing nonprofit needs a mission-driven subject matter expert to lead our work in the cryptocurrency space.

We believe there is huge upside potential in leveraging crypto/defi/web3 for financial inclusion and to combat financial crime. We want to explore both the positive opportunities in crypto and also the associated risks. Our key issues are financial inclusion, investor protection, other consumer protection, climate impacts, crime, CBDC, and interrelationships with traditional financial markets, structures, legal and regulatory frameworks, and ownership models. Specific topics include trends and issues relating to NFTs, DAOs, DeFi, Web3, metaverse, and climate impacts of crypto mining. Our scope includes both US and global developments, with emphasis on opportunities and risks for disadvantaged consumers and for emerging markets.

This role will lead AIR’s co-sponsorship of the Crypto Climate Accord, a private sector-led initiative for the crypto community focused on decarbonizing the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. It also includes shaping the content and participants for AIR’s TechSprints, including one on how to reduce the carbon footprint of crypto mining. We’re looking for someone who understands the crypto landscape, players, and new developments. They will work with us on policy issues, writing projects like articles and whitepapers, speaking at and participating in conferences, and organizing crypto-related events.

Key Responsibilities

⏵ Lead AIR’s co-sponsorship of the Crypto Climate Accord. This involves helping craft strategy, interacting with member firms, expanding membership, explaining/promoting the CCA to relevant stakeholders and media, convening briefings and writing reports on progress and key issues

⏵ Help lead TechSprints, including a 2022 sprint on how to reduce the carbon footprint of crypto mining

⏵ Help shape roundtables and events, advising on topics, speakers and participants

⏵ Represent AIR at conferences and policy discussions on crypto issues

⏵ Keep AIR’s team abreast of the fast-moving crypto sector

⏵ Help shape AIR’s positions on crypto policy issues and work on an engagement strategy on those policy issues

Requirements & Qualifications

⏵ Candidates must understand crypto landscape, players, and new developments

⏵ Superb writing skills, able to convey complex material clearly to a general audience and to write with fresh and compelling language

⏵ Strong oral communication skills in public speaking and interacting with ecosystem

⏵ Collaborative spirit and enthusiasm to jump in and get the job done

⏵ Ability to thrive under pressure in a very fast-paced environment

⏵ Ability to be highly productive in a work-from-home environment

⏵ Experience in financial services, technology or regulatory sector is a plus

⏵ Experience with crypto climate issues is a plus

⏵ Ownership of crypto is permitted

About AIR

AIR is a nonprofit, non-membership organization working to make the financial system fully inclusive, fair and resilient through responsible use of new technology. By connecting regulation, finance, technology and society, AIR drives global innovation and collaboration to overcome the system’s legacy shortcomings and prepare it for rapid technology change.

Financial regulation works as an invisible force shaping people’s lives. It aims to prevent mistreatment, bias, instability and corruption while ensuring that everyone has equal access and fair opportunity. Jo Ann Barefoot and David Ehrich founded AIR in 2019 to strengthen this force through new technology. AIR helps government and industry develop and scale up responsible innovation to solve systemic problems, including financial exclusion, race and gender discrimination, deceptive and predatory practices, climate change, economic instability, and financial crimes like human trafficking.

AIR’s Guiding Principles

WE BELIEVE in strong, effective regulation that protects consumers and fosters competitive, resilient financial markets.

WE BELIEVE in the responsible use of technology to improve the financial system for everyone.

WE BELIEVE in diversity and collaboration as essential to sound innovation.

WE BELIEVE in continuous learning and education to match rapid shifts in technology.

WE BELIEVE in leading change with transparency and integrity.

WE BELIEVE in boldly inventing the future of financial regulation, together.

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