Employment Opportunities

Manager, Government Affairs

Organization: American Forest & Paper Association
Office: Washington, DC

Advocate to improve tomorrow’s environment today! Help advance a sustainable, paper and wood products industry that supplies essential products made from renewable and recyclable resources.

Based in Washington, DC, the Manager, Government Affairs is an advocate for AF&PA member interests and manages the state and local government affairs for the South/Midwest/Great Lakes region. They also ensure the coordination of association state lobbying efforts with overall policy goals of association members.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Advocate for member interests in a portfolio of assigned states by tracking, analyzing, and reporting on state legislative activities
  • Manage state contract lobbyists and other outside consultants in assigned region
  • Write letters, testimony and various association member communications
  • Serve on internal issue teams; manage, plan, and run meetings on relevant issue topics affecting the association
  • Advocate to ensure AF&PA state legislative goals are coordinated with other AF&PA departments and related industry groups
  • Lead and coordinate member engagement or coalition engagement on Association issues
  • Serve as a liaison to state and regional public policy groups
  • Meet with state legislators, executive branch officials and state regulators; testify before state legislative and regulatory bodies
  • Build and maintain consensus among association members to develop legislative and policy goals for assigned states
  • Maintain relationships and coordinate with outside interest groups in coalitions and on shared state legislative goals
  • Design and implement industry advocacy events which serve as educational opportunities for state legislators and highlight the industry’s accomplishments
  • Coordinate with AF&PA’s federal affairs team to ensure that federal policy objectives are met and fulfilled at the state level
  • Coordinate state grassroots campaigns for federal legislative priorities
  • Support advocacy efforts on federal issues as needed
  • Coordinate policymaker visits to member facilities

 

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE:

  • Thorough understanding of the legislative and advocacy process
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • High degree of teamwork, organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple responsibilities with high quality execution and performance
  • Ability to travel (approximately 15-20 percent with most travel to assigned region)
  • Ability to work from a home office in the event of limited access to AF&PA offices
  • Ability to maintain a typical work schedule that follows standard eastern coast business hours along with Central and Mountain time availability especially during legislative sessions
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion with initiative, and limited supervision
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, and exercise discretion in sensitive AF&PA matters and on policy and market issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to maintain positive rapport with co-workers

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Graduate degree in public policy or related field preferred
  • Four or more years of experience in federal or state policy development, corporate or trade association government affairs, paid campaign staff, or another role of equivalent function; experience in Southern/Midwestern states preferred
  • Understanding of environment, energy, recycling, forest product industry or other manufacturing sector issues is a plus

 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

American Forest and Paper Association is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. AF&PA welcomes all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, veteran status or other category protected by law.

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