Manager, Government Affairs (CA, WA or OR)

09 Sep, 2019


Manager, Government Affairs (CA, WA or OR)

American Forest & Paper Associaton

This is a great opportunity to support a trade association whose members have long been responsible stewards of our planet’s resources.

AF&PA is searching for a Manager, Government Affairs to advocate for member interests and manage government affairs for assigned western states. He/she will also ensure the coordination of association state lobbying efforts with overall policy goals of association members.

This position will be based from a home office in California (Sacramento area), Washington (Olympia/Tacoma metro area), or Oregon (Portland/Salem metro area), and will report to the Director, Government Affairs in our Washington DC office.


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
Participate in regular association meetings via conference call and webinar and in person a few times per year
Build and maintain consensus among association members to develop legislative and policy goals for assigned states
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
Meet with state legislators, executive branch officials and regulators; testify before state legislative bodies
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

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 work from a home office
Ability to maintain a typical work schedule that follows standard eastern coast business hours
Ability to travel (approximately 15-20%) and work nights or weekends as needed
A valid U.S. driver’s license

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 western states preferred
Understanding of environment, energy, recycling or other manufacturing sector issues is a plus

The selected person will work from a home office in California (Sacramento area), Washington (Olympia/Tacoma metro area), or Oregon (Portland/Salem metro area), and will report to the Director, Government Affairs in our Washington, DC office. AF&PA will not cover relocation expenses.


The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states.


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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Job posted: 2019-09-09