Associate State Policy Director, American Flood Coalition

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/20/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: American Flood Coalition
Position/Title/Fund: Associate State Policy Director
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Washington DC/Baltimore, MD
Salary: $85,000 - $100,000 anually
Deadline: Open until filled
Contact Info: [email protected]

The American Flood Coalition is a nonpartisan group of more than 400 elected officials, local leaders, military groups, and businesses that have come together to advocate for national solutions to sea level rise and flooding. The Coalition advances resilient and equitable solutions that support adaptation and recovery in flood-affected communities and protect our nation’s residents, economy, and military installations. With a uniquely singular focus on flooding and sea level rise, a creative approach to finding solutions, and an appreciation for deep community partnerships that leverage existing efforts, the Coalition seeks to significantly improve how communities around the country adapt to flooding and sea level rise.

We are seeking an Associate State Policy Director to drive policy development in the Coalition's core geographies of Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The position will join our growing Coalition Team, which is responsible for supporting and engaging AFC’s national community of Coalition members, and for advancing state policies to address flooding and sea level rise. This position is new to AFC, and was created to provide forward-looking policy development, analyze existing state policies, and recommend improvements to state programs. The ideal candidate will be a driven policy professional who has outstanding analytical, project management, and collaboration skills, and is able to synthesize complex ideas and information, learn quickly, formulate messaging, and share knowledge effectively. Due to the highly collaborative nature of this role, this full-time position will be located in our headquarters in Washington, DC. This position will report to our Senior Coalition Director and will also work closely with our State Programs Director, Flood Planning Director, State Directors, and Strategy Team. Up to 15% travel per year should be expected in this role.


  • Drive AFC state policy development: Drive AFC’s collaborative and iterative internal state policy development process, with an emphasis on posing strategic open questions, generating and synthesizing key insights from across multiple AFC teams, and applying excellent project management skills to develop clear and impactful policy proposals.
  • Conduct in-depth policy research: Ensure that AFC policy concepts are informed by sound research by identifying and evaluating relevant previously passed policies and developing clear synthesis summaries that can be used to grow internal AFC awareness of the state policy landscape we are operating within.
  • Gather external insights and identify opportunities for building state flood resilience: In collaboration with State Directors and other AFC team members who frequently engage externally, systematically and strategically gather input from key local, regional, and state level stakeholders on existing flood-related policies and identify new strategic opportunities.


  • At least 7 years of relevant experience, including applied experience with state, federal, or local resilience policy and/or programs, preferably related to flooding, water, disaster mitigation, or infrastructure, required. This could look like experience in a state legislature or state agency, local government, or policy-focused nonprofit.
  • Applied knowledge of relevant state legislative processes and mechanisms required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Proven track record leading collaboration across multiple teams to achieve high-impact work products and outcomes required; experience collaborating frequently with virtual team members preferred but not required.
  • Experience working in or with local/regional government entities preferred but not required.
  • Willingness to travel between DC and AFC’s focus states up to 15% of time required.
  • Willingness to register as a state lobbyist is preferred, but not required.
How to Apply:

To apply, email your resume to [email protected].