Employment Opportunities

Manager, State Government Affairs

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

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:                                                                                             

The Manager, State Government Affairs is an advocate for member interests and manages the state government affairs in the South/Midwest region.  He/she ensures the coordination of association state lobbying efforts with overall policy goals of association members.


  • Advocate for member interests in a portfolio of assigned states by tracking, analyzing, and reporting on state legislative activities
  • Manage state contract lobbyists
  • Write letters, testimony and various association member communications.
  • Meet with state legislators, executive branch officials and state regulators; testify before state legislative bodies
  • Design and implement industry advocacy events which serve as educational opportunities for state legislators and highlight the industry’s accomplishments 
  • 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 public policy groups
  • Maintain relationships and coordinate with, outside interest groups in coalitions and on shared state legislative goals
  • 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


  • 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 


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


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

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