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Manager, Government Affairs


The American Forest & Paper Association (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.


  • 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.


Posted September 9, 2019

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