Campaign Director – African Forests

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. One of the most significant areas of focus is the protection of the world’s tropical rainforests, which are critical to stopping climate change, protecting endangered wildlife, and providing homes for indigenous communities. Through creative campaigns and savvy negotiating, our team has achieved a series of victories over the last several years that have secured commitments from the world’s leading agriculture and consumer companies to eliminate deforestation across their supply chains. We recently achieved a major breakthrough that convinced the entire chocolate and cocoa industry to adopt strong forest conservation and restoration commitments in West Africa and have achieved important protections for great ape habitats from palm oil and rubber expansion in the Congo Basin. But there is much more work to do to ensure that these policies are implemented across Africa and to lay the groundwork for government action, including groundbreaking new conservation policies, improved governance, and lasting legal reforms.

To lead this effort, we are looking for a talented African Forests Campaign Director to oversee campaigning on private sector action and also law and policy advocacy to achieve change across commodities such as palm oil, cocoa, and rubber. The candidate will help us continue to expand our work on the protection of the forests, wildlife and communities of the Congo Basin and West Africa.

Responsibilities 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;
  • Advising international philanthropies and donor governments; and
  • Fundraising (primarily from large foundations).


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

The ability to fluently or proficiently speak French is a major plus.

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



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

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