The Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy supports the development and promotion of American Forests’ Public Lands and Urban Forest Policy Program. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience and interest in legislative or governmental affairs at the federal, state or local levels. This is a team-orientated position; daily communication and interaction with fellow policy colleagues will be expected and required for success. The candidate must have proven ability and comfort working in a rapid response, fast-paced environment. Very strong organizational skills and attention to detail is required. A willingness to adapt, be flexible and maintain good humor is necessary. Willingness to move comfortably, without ego, from administrative and implementation tasks to higher profile activities. The candidate must have very strong inter-personnel judgement, project management, and written/verbal communication skills including experience with media relations. Hill or other legislative experience preferred. Potential for growth and development is strong.


The Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy supports the development and promotion of American Forests’ Public Lands and Urban Forest Policy Program (100%) and is responsible for the following:

1) Policy Initiatives (40%)

  • Conduct legislative research, track and summarize issues, and draft correspondence and lobbying-related materials.Support the development of policy papers and positions that further American Forests’ policy goals, based on the best available science and input from the program experts.Draft regular communications about American Forests’ policy initiatives for a general audience.Attend and report on legislative hearings.

2) Congressional and Administration Outreach and Education (10%)

  • Plan, schedule and conduct regular meetings to educate Congressional staff on American Forests’ public policy initiatives.Support the development and implementation of events, to include congressional briefings.

3) Coalition Coordination (25%)

  • Serve as coordinator for external urban forestry coalition working in close coordination with VP for Urban Forest Policy and SVP for Policy.Attend coalition meetings to track and report on public policy initiatives that further American Forests’ positions. Represent American Forests at coalition meetings as needed.

4) Digital Advocacy Efforts (10%)

  • Design and draft digital advocacy campaigns to support grassroots advocacy program goals and select policy initiatives.Work across departments to coordinate and execute digital advocacy efforts.Play lead liaison role between Policy and AF digital communications team.

5) Grants and Administrative Support (15%)

  • Support the development, submission, implementation, reporting and final delivery of external grants that further American Forests’ policy initiatives.Process invoices, expenses, calendar meetings, and conduct other administrative duties as they arise.


  • Demonstrated ability to research, track, and summarize legislative issues and draft correspondence and lobbying-related materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule, and execute meetings, including Capitol Hill and executive-branch appointments.
  • Ability to work directly with staff at all levels of government and partner organizations.
  • Ability to represent the organization at legislative hearings and meetings, and other events, and coalitions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex policy issues to lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage people and inspire them to act.
  • Ability to act as point person on multiple projects, to include prioritizing tasks, setting expectations, meeting goals, and documenting efforts.
  • Ability to work in an agile, cross-functional team environment.  


Bachelor’s degree is required and 3-5 years demonstrated experience in policy or political campaigns, government or federal relations, or coalition coordination. Working knowledge and experience in the environmental, social justice or climate change fields is preferred. This is a Washington, D.C. based position.


The majority of work will be performed in a general office environment with a partial remote option. The position will likely be fully remote during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Must be comfortable with prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10-15 pounds at a time.


This is a Washington, D.C. based position.


Infrequent travel outside of the Washington, D.C. region is required. COVID-19 permitting, frequent travel within Washington, D.C. to Congressional hearings, etc. will be required.


Infrequent travel outside of Washington, DC. COVID-19 permitting, frequent travel within D.C. to Congressional hearings, etc. Most work will be in a general office environment.


This position does not have any supervisory requirements.


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to The preferred start date is early to mid February.

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

American Forests is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.