People Matter

Corporate Governance Counsel



Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

Job Description

Block is seeking an attorney to help manage U.S. corporate governance matters. If hired, you will help support Block, Inc. and domestic subsidiary governance, including coordinating and preparing for board meetings and approvals and managing governance requirements for our domestic regulatory licenses. You will report into Block’s Governance Lead and this is a great opportunity to join the Block legal team and work on a variety of cutting-edge legal issues. If you’re a bit of a nerd about governance and looking to work on a fun, collaborative team, we’d love to speak with you!

You Will:

  • Assist with corporate governance matters, including the preparation of board materials and policies, with an emphasis on U.S. public company governance matters.
  • Support Block, Inc. (parent company) and subsidiary governance, including board meetings, state filings, resolutions and consents.
  • Work with Block’s People and Equity teams on Block’s equity plans and ESPP.
  • Liaise and coordinate with product counsel and regulatory counsel to ensure compliance with governance requirements under our regulatory licenses in the U.S.
  • Assist with shareholder engagement, including Q&A preparation.
  • Assist with ESG-related matters, including the CSR Report and non-U.S. reporting.
  • Work with our internal business, regulatory, tax, accounting and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors and experts.
  • Assist with D&O questionnaires, related party transactions and conflicts of interest matters for directors and officers.
  • Conduct legal research on a variety of complex corporate governance issues.
  • Assist with special corporate projects, including capital markets transactions and M&A.
  • Work collaboratively to prioritize business objectives and support the corporate aspects of being a public company.
  • Manage projects with a team-oriented approach.


You Have:

  • 7+ years of relevant corporate experience at a major law firm and/or in-house experience, with experience working for a large public company being a plus.
  • A combination of both in-house and law firm practice experience is preferred
  • Familiarity with NYSE/SEC corporate governance requirements
  • Excellent research and writing skills and project management ability
  • Ability to be the primary in-house attorney on certain corporate projects, including handling multiple simultaneous matters
  • J.D. degree
  • Membership in at least one state bar
  • The ability to effectively collaborate with large, cross functional teams
  • The ability to manage projects effectively, with a team-oriented approach
  • Sound and practical business judgment
  • Strong decision-making abilities and attention to detail, sometimes under time pressure

Additional Information

Block takes a market-based approach to pay, and pay may vary depending on your location. U.S locations are categorized into one of four zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will be determined based on job-related skills, experience, qualifications, work location, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future.

Zone A: USD $217,800 - USD $326,800
Zone B: USD $202,600 - USD $303,800
Zone C: USD $191,700 - USD $287,500
Zone D: USD $185,200 - USD $277,800

To find a location’s zone designation, please refer to this resource. If a location of interest is not listed, please speak with a recruiter for additional information.

Full-time employee benefits include the following:

  • Healthcare coverage (Medical, Vision and Dental insurance)
  • Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement Plans including company match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness programs, including access to mental health, 1:1 financial planners, and a monthly wellness allowance
  • Paid parental and caregiving leave
  • Paid time off (including 12 paid holidays)
  • Paid sick leave (1 hour per 26 hours worked (max 80 hours per calendar year to the extent legally permissible) for non-exempt employees and covered by our Flexible Time Off policy for exempt employees)
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Paid Life insurance, AD&D, and disability benefits

These benefits are further detailed in Block's policies. This role is also eligible to participate in Block's equity plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies, and may be eligible for a sign-on bonus. Sales roles may be eligible to participate in a commission plan subject to the terms of the applicable plans and policies. Pay and benefits are subject to change at any time, consistent with the terms of any applicable compensation or benefit plans.

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

We’ve noticed a rise in recruiting impersonations across the industry, where individuals are sending fake job offer emails. Contact from any of our recruiters or employees will always come from an email address ending with,,, or,

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

While there is no specific deadline to apply for this role, on average, U.S. open roles are posted for 70 days before being filled by a successful candidate.