Blockchain Policy Lead (Washington, D.C.)

Engine is hiring a policy expert to lead our advocacy and research work on issues relating to distributed ledger technologies. This person will work directly with companies, policymakers, and advocacy organizations to help develop a favorable regulatory framework for blockchain startups.

As Engine’s Blockchain Policy Lead, you will:

  • Take ownership of Engine’s advocacy on blockchain issues, working with Engine’s core team and network of partner companies to develop policy proposals that promote the growth of the blockchain sector;

  • Work directly with policymakers to improve the regulatory landscape;

  • Educate government officials and regulators on the technical functioning of distributed ledger technologies and the impact of rules governing the industry;

  • Monitor and provide analysis of various blockchain policies currently under development;

  • Research and write white papers, amicus briefs, and regulatory comments on blockchain issues;

  • Represent Engine in public;

  • Identify and establish relationships with potential partners.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a deep understanding of and passion for distributed ledger technologies;

  • Is well-versed in the myriad laws and regulations impacting blockchain companies (securities regulations, money transmission, AML/KYC, tax law, etc.);

  • Has an advanced degree (JD, MBA, MPP, or technical degree) or commensurate experience working in government;

  • Is a prodigious and skilled persuasive writer;

  • Is tech savvy.

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to Reference “Blockchain Policy Lead” in the subject line.



Policy focused undergraduates, MPP & law students: Research and Policy Analysis Projects

If you’re an MPP candidate, law student, or policy-focused undergraduate with an interest in policies that impact startups, Engine is accepting volunteers to collaborate on policy research or analysis projects. Volunteers will work with Engine’s policy staff to help develop their own policy research ideas related to the tech entrepreneurship issues Engine cares about—from immigration and patent reform to startup financing and telecommunications issues. Volunteers will have the opportunity to release a piece of original research, co-branded with and supported by Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining your research idea and how you would execute this project to Reference “Policy Project” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.


Policy focused undergraduate & graduate students: Startup City Assessment

If you’re an undergraduate with an interest in startups, new business development, technology, or local policy, Engine is accepting volunteers to conduct research and generate a report on the startup community in their current city or town.

Over the course of 6 – 12 weeks, students conduct 1:1 interviews, collate online materials, and analyze available data to draft a report on the state of startups in their city. Students will schedule regular check-ins with Engine staff to help guide the direction of the report and offer advice and resources.

The final report should identify and describe:

  • Major players in their startup community: companies, entrepreneurs, accelerators, civic groups, etc.

  • Leading startup industries

  • Resources available to new entrepreneurs

  • Local policy initiatives to support the growth of startups

  • Talent pool: universities, training centers, larger companies

  • Capital sources: foundations, local government, angel investors, venture capital firms

The report may be featured on Engine’s website. In addition to the report, we encourage students to write a blog post presenting the final report to be published on our blog.

Volunteers should have excellent writing and communication skills; some experience with research projects and exhibit professionalism in representing Engine.

If interested, please send your resume and a proposal of no more than 500 words outlining how you would execute this project to Reference “Startup City Assessment” in the subject line. Please note Engine has a limited capacity to oversee volunteer projects.

We welcome all qualified candidates regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or political affiliation. We are committed to building a diverse organization where employees can gain experience that will serve them for the rest of their careers.