Senior Director, Energy and Environmental Policy

27 May, 2021


Senior Director, Energy and Environmental Policy

American Forest & Paper Association
Washington, DC

Senior Director, Energy and Environmental Policy

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AF&PA is seeking a strategic leader to develop and implement industry strategies and policies around energy and environmental issues including water and climate. The selected person will also provide leadership for AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet sustainability program. This position requires a proactive self-starter and active listener/learner adept at developing consensus among colleagues and members to help policymakers solve complex policy challenges.




    • Develop a thorough knowledge of current water and energy/climate policies, as well as sustainability, and future trends. 
    • Develop and implement water strategies and policies pertaining to federal agencies and support government affairs staff on water legislation.    
    • Staff the Water Resources Subcommittee, including developing and implementing budgets, and running meetings.
    • Advance AF&PA policy priorities, by actively participating in a national water quality coalition. 
    • Develop and implement energy  strategies and policies. 
    • Analyze, report on, and respond to energy  initiatives, and support government affairs staff on energy legislation.
    • Staff the Energy Policy Committee, including developing and implementing budgets, and running meetings. 
    • Actively participate in the development and implementation of climate and biomass strategies and policies.


  • Lead AF&PA’s sustainability team on the implementation of new 2030 goals.
  • Lead the team’s development of periodic sustainability reports.


  • Anticipate and work with a member sustainability executives committee on issues or policies requiring member consensus.
  • Work with AF&PA’s communications team to position the industry as a leader in sustainability.
  • Serve as a representative of the AF&PA before federal agencies, Congress, and state legislatures and agencies.
  • Work with members and AF&PA team to ensure all industry sectors’ views are considered and incorporated.
  • Help ensure the association is communicating consistently to its various committees and sectors.
  • Actively participate in the development and implementation of the association-wide policies, procedures, and messages.  




  • Proactive self-starter, who is an active listener and learner, consensus-builder, and outcome-oriented. 
  • Experience and knowledge of policy and technical aspects of environmental, energy and sustainability issues and laws.
  • Ability to identify assignments needing attention and capable of taking a leadership role within AF&PA and other coalitions. 
  • Ability to work on interdisciplinary teams with minimal oversight.
  • Exceptional organization skills and ability to manage multiple, high priority tasks.  
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills with an ability to speak in front of multiple audiences.
  • Ability to work in AF&PA’s Washington, DC office




  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resource management, environmental policy, political science, or equivalent field preferred.  
  • Advanced degree in public policy, law, government or related field with a specialty in environmental policy preferred. 
  • 15+ years experience with regulatory environmental issues including advocacy, technical and economic analyses, and filing public comments on agency rulemakings. 
  • Experience with trade association dynamics preferred.



At AF&PA, we value diverse backgrounds and capabilities and invite all talented individuals to apply to be part our team and support our mission. We are an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and welcome all people regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, veteran status or other category protected by law.

Job posted: 2021-05-27