Manager, Government Affairs (Western States)

  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Olympia, WA, USA
  • Sep 17, 2020
Full time Advocacy Government Affairs / Relations Lobbyist

Job Description

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 in California (Sacramento area), Washington (Olympia/Tacoma metro area), or Oregon (Portland/Salem metro area)
  • 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


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.


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