Coordinator, Public Policy

  • American Wood Council
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Mar 07, 2020
Full time Advocacy Communications / PR Entry Level Government Affairs / Relations Public Affairs

Job Description

Grow your career while helping to ensure a resilient, safe, and sustainable built environment. This position supports American Wood Council’s government affairs, communications and office of the president, and manages a political action committee (PAC).

Essential Job Functions:

Government Affairs

  • Provide support to Vice President, Government Affairs, including all aspects of department administration
  • Manage a portfolio of federal legislative issues, such as transportation and infrastructure, appropriations and market expansion
  • Conduct targeted advocacy initiatives related to policy issues
    • Schedule and represent AWC before Members of Congress and Staff
    • Establish and maintain relationships with key Capitol Hill staff
    • Write supporting documents and distribute information to Capitol Hill
    • Prioritize, monitor and attend congressional hearings
    • Conduct outreach with member companies, forestry groups, and other organizations to mobilize advocacy efforts
  • Attend and report on meetings and hearings with various legislative and regulatory bodies
  • Coordinate with outside retained lobbyists as directed
  • Develop coalition partners to coordinate/implement legislative strategy and maintain regular communication
  • Monitor state legislative tracking service alerts to determine relevancy and notify appropriate AWC staff; maintain state tracking platform 
  • Other relevant duties as assigned by the VP of Government Affairs, VP of Communications, or President & CEO

 AWC Political Action Committee (PAC)

  • Administer the day-to-day operations of the PAC, including maintenance of the PAC database
  • Ensure compliance by filing all appropriate FEC and IRS forms/reports signed by PAC Treasurer on behalf of PAC
  • Communicate with the PAC Board of Directors as needed and directed by the VP Government Affairs
  • Develop PAC budgets and solicitation plans and material to execute fundraising
  • Identify political candidates and races for PAC support in coordination with VP, Government Affairs
  • Manage key PAC activities, including solicitations, identify and register for fundraising activities, and collect contributions
  • Draft and review all printed PAC materials for Board members
  • Prepare reports and supporting documentation for Board consideration and approval, as directed
  • Attend PAC events as instructed

 Advocacy and Policy Communications

  • Create and compile relevant stories, edit and distribute WoodByte e-newsletter
  • Assist with social media by drafting and scheduling posts; flag noteworthy posts
  • Draft contributed columns, topics range from building codes to legislation
  • Track earned media and media hits for analysis by VP, Communications
  • Provide support of online platforms as needed
  • Draft talking points to ensure alignment of government affairs and coalition messages
  • Draft member memos, one-pagers, other materials for congressional outreach


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of five years related experience required
  • Capitol Hill experience or similar experience preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • PAC administration experience preferred
  • Meeting planning and logistics experience preferred
  • Experience using social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.), and web-based research and information tools preferred

Success Factors:

  • To be successful in this position, the individual must have experience supporting projects from conception to completion; the ability to quickly learn new tools and technologies; interest and experience in using technology to improve work efficiency; and respect for complete confidentiality on all business matters. The individual must also be familiar with meeting planning and logistics, general office procedures, and budgeting. Qualified candidates must have excellent written and oral communication and editing skills. The candidate also must be able to work independently and must have the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding matters of significance and complete tasks in a timely manner both independently and collaboratively. This position requires the proven ability to multitask and prioritize projects/responsibilities, and maintain poise, focus, consistency, and accuracy under the pressure of multiple deadlines.

 Equal Employment Opportunity:

  • The American Wood Council (AWC) supports equal opportunity employment and is proud to work with employees of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA). AF&PA and AWC welcome 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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