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Director of Economic Research at Coinbase

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We’re Coinbase. We’re the world’s most trusted way to join the crypto revolution, serving more than 89 million accounts in more than 100 countries. 

Our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web 3.0 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Coinbase is leading the expansion of digital assets into the financial mainstream. We are building a world-class Policy team to lead Coinbase’s engagement, advocacy, and outreach efforts with policymakers around the world. In this role, you will be a key member of the Policy team, at a company where disruptive technologies and unconventional thinking are the norm. 

You will have an extraordinary opportunity to be on the leading edge of economic policy development in the cryptocurrency space, and will play an important role in advancing Coinbase’s thought leadership and engagement strategy. As the lead economic advisor, you will partner closely with the director of the research program to define and execute on strategic work to develop our brand as an authority in crypto research.  This position is fully remote, and can be located anywhere within the United States.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Produce world-class economic research and empirical analysis on issues related to cryptocurrency, finance, and the broader economy.  Design economic research program to meet high standards of methodological rigor.
  • Monitor and analyze global economic trends; succinctly synthesize policy-focused economic analyses for internal and external audiences. 
  • Write and publish reports on various economic and financial topics related to the crypto and traditional finance markets.  Share research at academic conferences.  Publish it for industry and public review, including peer-reviewed scholarly journals.
  • Translate high-level research through op-eds, reports, blog posts, working papers, consultations and other mediums to key constituencies, including government officials, trade associations, think tanks, and the general public. 
  • Work with the policy team and other business units to identify and assess emerging research and opportunities for new surveys, sources of real-time data, and other new methodologies for innovative research. 
  • Represent the company in internal and industry-wide conferences, seminars, and presentations.
  • Work collaboratively with fellow policy team members and cross-functional colleagues to write, publish, and disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, infographics, reports, and other documents that will educate/influence legislators, agency officials, stakeholders, and the general public. 
  • Respond to real-time requests with rapid research and public policy analysis.
  • Identify and cultivate external authors to contribute to reports and publications.

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • PhD in economics, finance, or accounting
  • 10+ years of experience in economics and public policy forged in academica, government, and/or private sector. 
  • Strong research background and policy interest in several of the following areas: market microstructure, macroeconomics, derivatives markets, clearance and settlement, mutual funds and ETFs, securities offerings, financial accounting and disclosure, econometrics, asset pricing, financial markets and systemic risk, banking
  • Experience in supervision of large-scale research projects, including managing teams of economists, data scientists, and research analysts
  • Strong grounding in economic theory and quantitative methods (econometric modeling, statistical analysis, data collection and manipulation, and programming), a keen interest in applying their knowledge to address real-world issues
  • Superlative writing and communication skills with a large and varied portfolio of published work and strong track record of producing interesting, novel analyses and data visualizations across a variety of different formats and platforms.
  • Passionate about conducting cutting edge research on a broad range of topics in economics and finance and publishing substantive policy analyses. Enjoys applying economics to new problems.
  • Enthusiasm for working on novel issues in a turbocharged environment, combined with a proclivity for proactive collaboration when problem solving. Comfortable working independently and managing a team.
  • A strong interest in digital assets, crypto markets, and blockchain technology.
  • High-EQ and a passion for acting like an owner.
  • Willingness to travel.

Notice for Colorado applicants as required by sb19-085 (8-5-20). Target annual salary for this role performed in Colorado, is $289,000 + target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).

ID: P2950

Please note that for employees based in the US, Philippines, Canada or Singapore, if your role requires you to be present in a Coinbase office or if you choose to be physically present in a Coinbase office or sponsored location, participate in any in-person gathering (including offsites) or engage in business travel sponsored by Coinbase, you will be required to be fully vaccinated (as defined by applicable law).  If you receive an offer, you will receive additional information about the grounds and process for an exemption.Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.  For US applicants, you may view Pay Transparency, Employee Rights and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notices by clicking on their corresponding links.  Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law.    

Coinbase is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to accommodations[at] and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.  For quick access to screen reading technology compatible with this site click here to download a free compatible screen reader (free step by step tutorial can be found here).

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Disability Insurance
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Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
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401(K) Matching
Company Equity
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Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Commuter Benefits
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Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
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Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
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Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

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