Manager, State Government Affairs

17 Sep, 2020


Manager, State Government Affairs

American Forest & Paper Association
Remote Office (CA, WA or OR)

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, wherein 85% of the position focuses on the three west coast states. He/she ensures 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. Attend internal meetings virtually via phone and video calls.

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 along with west coast availability especially during legislative sessions

Ability to travel (approximately 15-20% with most travel to WA, OR, CA or DC) 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


Learn more here

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.

Job posted: 2020-09-17