Manager, Packaging and Recovered Fiber

  • American Forest & Paper Association
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • May 23, 2018
Full time Communication - Public Outreach Forestry Sustainability

Job Description

This is a great opportunity to advance a sustainable industry in the areas of U.S. packaging and recovered fiber. This manager will work with executive directors to identify and overcome industry issues, serve as a representative of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), assist with research, manage educational outreach, and support membership. This position has a high variety of responsibilities and requires someone skilled in critical thinking, flexibility, and managing multiple projects.    

 AF&PA serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women.



The Manager, Packaging and Recovered Fiber performs the day-to-day management for packaging (containerboard and paperboard) and recovered fiber sectors.  He/she also participates as a member of the Paper and Packaging Recovery, Fees and Bans Team.

 Packaging and Recovered Fiber Sectors

  • Provide support for day-to-day management of Sectors to include meeting coordination, budget management and administrative duties
  • Draft agendas, minutes, slides and assist with writing memos for fall and spring Sector meetings and Sector-related working group meetings; manage all meeting logistics
  • Support membership recruitment and retention efforts for the Sectors
  • Identify and provide AF&PA resources that respond to specific member needs

 Paper and Packaging Recovery

  • Stay current on issues and developments in the recycling industry and marketplace and understand how they relate to state legislative and regulatory action
  • Interface with members of the Recovered Fiber Sector, other recycling industry trade associations and ENGOs, as needed
  • Identify issues and assist the Executive Director, Recovered Fiber and the Director, Packaging in determining desired outcomes to advance the Sectors’ objectives
  • Develop subject matter expertise (data & information) that can support lobbying efforts; participate in policymaker education and lobbying activities as needed
  • Assist the Sector Executives with research projects, on certain packaging and/or paper recovery and recycling topics. This includes:
    • Support implementation of research design, approach, and data collection
    • Assist with analysis of data/information, next steps and communication of results to staff and members
  • Represent AF&PA to outside audiences, organizations and strategic alliances through various means including public speaking to groups of all sizes

 Recycling Outreach

  • Manage the development and execution of Recovered Fiber educational outreach plan to accomplish the industry’s objectives, to include:
    • Keep members apprised of relevant Recovered Fiber initiatives and activities
    • Engage other recycling industry associations to advance common educational outreach goals
  • Provide information and content ideas and collaborate with Communications staff on creation of interactive, informative and up-to-date recycling-related materials for print and digital media (with communications and vendors)

Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA)

  • Manage PPA program
  • Serve as PPA liaison for members
  • Manage annual Student Design Challenge (SDC) competition
  • Manage website and PPA email
  • Perform outreach to university professors and students
  • Draft agendas, slides, memos and minutes for all meetings

 Team Participation

Serve on the Paper & Packaging Recovery, Fees and Bans Team and other teams as appropriate


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing or Communications
  • Five or more years of professional work experience required, preferably in the paper recycling industry, recycling industry association, forest products company or industry supplier
  • Experience managing a budget


  • Understanding of the paper recycling industry, manufacturing industry and marketplace dynamics
  • Excellent communication skills in writing, editing and public presentation
  • Strong organizational and project management skills to effectively balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and research skills
  • Ability to produce high quality work within tight deadlines
  • Ability to develop, analyze and evaluate statistical data
  • Ability to exercise judgment and discretion with initiative, and limited supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to maintain positive rapport with co-workers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

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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