Mindset is a bipartisan strategic advisory and lobbying firm based in Washington, DC. The firm was established to provide strategic advisory and advocacy services primarily in the financial services area. Mindset has expanded since its founding, and our practice areas now include tax and trade, energy and the environment, health care, and telecommunications.
While we are very proud of Mindset’s roots in financial services, we are squarely focused on the future—maintaining best-in-class service for existing clients, while expanding into new areas. We accomplish this through our hustle and humility. We work hard to get the job done, and we never lose focus on our clients.
Mindset also values substantive depth, and we have a strong research team that works hard every day to ensure all team members understand every nuance of their subject area. This depth of expertise informs our advocacy strategy and ensures that we can keep our clients abreast of every important development on issues that matter to them.
Mindset is deeply committed to fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and bias-free work environment. We bring a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lens to everything we do, from building well-functioning teams to meeting the needs of our clients. At Mindset, we’ve created a workplace where our team members bring all of who they are to the table, and our work and our clients are better for it.
The Director will play an integral role leading our tax, trade, budget, and appropriations research, working directly for partners and clients. The role requires analytical skills, including the ability to compose concise and cogent written materials. The Director should possess subject-matter expertise in tax, trade, budget and appropriations and be able to effectively communicate relevant policy developments.
The Director will also lead research projects supporting clients on specific policy issues in the described area. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is passionate about public policy and is ready to support the firm across all issues areas.
Five to ten years of relevant professional experience is preferred.
The Director will work closely with and under the supervision of the firm’s Partners and Principals to perform a wide range of activities, including but not limited to:
Leading research projects on key client policy priorities in assigned areas and translating that research into client-ready deliverables
Drafting written products such as policy backgrounders, legislative side-by-side comparisons and policy outlook analyses
Identifying issues and information relevant to client interests in assigned areas and disseminating in a timely and professional way
Participating in regular client calls/ meetings and responding to direct client requests;
Researching and monitoring relevant White House, Agency and congressional activity and drafting timely written updates
Attending or watching hearings and other policy events and preparing summaries and analysis of the key takeaways for internal staff and clients
Strong preference for Hill or Administration background and a working understanding of the legislative and tax/trade/budget/appropriations policy process and procedures. Additional qualifications include:
Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills, including the ability to develop strategic plans and present them in a persuasive and visually appealing manner
Strong project management skills: highly organized and able to manage multiple incoming project requests with varying deadlines; able to adapt to changing priorities; able to thrive in a small team environment while also being comfortable working independently
Strong interpersonal skills: ability to mentor other employees; team player with social awareness, high degree of emotional maturity, self-awareness, and sound judgment; personal growth mindset and positive, supportive attitude
Quick study: ability to develop expertise in complicated policy issue areas
Very strong writing, editing, and research skills
Demonstrated support for issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including allyship and challenging bias; ability to effectively work with and support colleagues from a variety of social identities, including (but not limited to) race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, class, religion, and nationality
An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree such as a JD or MBA is highly desirable.