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Manager, Public Affairs

Manager, Public Affairs
Organization: National Wooden Pallet & Container Association
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date Posted: 11/20/2023

The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) represents over 750 company members in 40 countries who manufacture, repair, and distribute pallets and wood packaging or supply products and services to the industry. Association activities advance wood packaging to secure and transport the unit load globally. NWPCA has solid and long-term relationships with Regulatory Agencies, Members of Congress, and House/Senate committees with jurisdiction over policy priorities.

Manager of Public Affairs

The Manager of Public Affairs coordinates advocacy and communications efforts. The Manager is integral to NWPCA’s efforts to achieve legislative goals, political action committee (PAC) fundraising targets, and internal and external communications goals. The right individual will grow in this role and become a highly visible and impactful NWPCA team member, engaging directly with NWPCA members, building and maintaining Hill relationships, and representing the association inside and outside the beltway.

This position reports to the Vice President of Public Affairs and is based in Alexandria, Virginia. The role is located at NWPCA headquarters in Alexandria, VA. NWPCA operates on a hybrid schedule, with three core days (Tues-Thurs) required onsite. Our office is within walking distance of the King St-Old Town metro station.

Government Affairs (Approximately 40%)

  • Manages regulatory, legislative, and political tracking and analysis.
  • Assists VP of Public Affairs in developing and implementing advocacy strategies to advance NWPCA’s legislative and regulatory priorities.
  • As an active participant, represents the NWPCA at coalition meetings that advance the industry’s interests.
  • Assists in planning and executing congressional pallet plant tours nationwide.

Communications (Approximately 30%)

  • Assist in managing the Organization’s print and digital documents, websites, and social media accounts.
  • Assist as writer/editor for developing, producing, and maintaining the Organization’s communication channels.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive social media strategy for NWPCA and senior leadership social media accounts.
  • Ensures NWPCA membership remains informed about advocacy activities through various NWPCA communications channels, including sending monthly advocacy newsletters and writing bi-monthly magazine columns.

Political Action Committee (Approximately 30%)

  • Manage electronic forms and solicitation letters.
  • Manage day-to-day financial donations and reconciliation.
  • Assists with annual fundraising drives and PAC events at the Annual Leadership Conference.
  • Represent the Organization at PAC events (fundraisers) as needed.

Required: A bachelor’s degree with 0-3 years of public affairs and advocacy experience. The individual must be able to work independently, have an insatiable appetite to learn and grasp policy implications and messaging, possess stellar writing skills, and exhibit a track record of handling multiple tasks. The interest and ability to travel is required.

Employment, Salary, and Benefits: $50,000 – $60,000, based on experience. Full-time, regular position. NWPCA provides generous benefits, including a 401(k), PTO, medical and dental insurance, and professional development opportunities.

NWPCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

Apply: Submit a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to Posting will remain open until filled.

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