Waxman Strategies

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Senior Director - Forests

Environment | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

Who We Are: 

Waxman Strategies is a progressive-minded public affairs firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, who is deemed “one of the most accomplished legislators of his or any era” by President Obama. Now out of Congress, Henry heads Waxman’s all-star team, using advocacy, communications and campaigns to help shape policies, advance causes and build movements. We primarily work in the areas of environment, health care and telecommunications. A sampling of clients includes the Arcus Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Rainforest Foundation Norway, the National Association of Community Health Centers, Planned Parenthood and FoodShot.  

What We Need: 

Waxman is supporting the work of the non-profit campaign Mighty Earth. Mighty Earth is a global environmental organization that works to make a lasting difference for the planet and its people, with a focus on forests, sustainable agriculture, and climate change. A significant emphasis of their work is breaking the link between agriculture and deforestation in the tropics. Mighty Earth has achieved some of the most important breakthroughs in persuading the
private sector to reduce deforestation throughout their global supply chains. Mighty Earth’s team successfully secured strict No Deforestation, No Exploitation policies from the world’s largest agribusinesses, including companies that cover the overwhelming majority of global palm oil trade, three of the world’s largest soy traders, and recently helped persuade all major chocolate and cocoa companies to pledge to end deforestation and restore forests.

We are looking for an experienced senior director to lead the work on forests, with a significant focus on protecting forests and land rights in Southeast Asia and South America. A major focus of our work is using creative campaigns to persuade leading private sector companies connected to deforestation to change their practices. In addition, we work closely with governments, civil society, and indigenous communities in forest nations, conduct comprehensive remote sensing monitoring, develop practical solutions, and work with a range of different stakeholders.

We are looking for a creative, nimble and experienced senior director who can lead large-scale international campaigns that include:

  • Developing long and short-term strategic plans;
  • Integrating investigations, communications, and field organizing into compelling
  • campaigns;
  • Negotiating with CEOs and senior leadership in target companies;
  • Conducting advocacy with high-level policymakers and lawmakers for lasting reforms;
  • Working closely with civil society organizations in key countries;
  • Tracking campaign benchmarks;
  • Coordinating with campaign partners; and
  • Advising international philanthropies and donor governments.
  • Fundraising (primarily from large foundations)

Regional and subject-matter expertise are a requirement for this job.

Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese, or French language proficiency will be
particularly helpful.

This position is based in Washington, DC, but significant international travel is part of the

Application Deadline: 

Please submit applications by Monday, April 30th at 5pm. 


Competitive and commensurate with experience; includes a generous benefits package.

Waxman Strategies is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law.