Thank you for your interest in working with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

Full-time Positions

Position Title:    Director of Sustainability

Supervisor:         Senior Vice President, Policy

Classification:    Exempt

Department:      Policy Team

Location:             Based in Washington, DC area. Requires some domestic travel, periodic international travel.

Basic Function: The primary objective of this position is to serve as the association’s chief advocate and spokesperson on matters of sustainability and product safety. The Director of Sustainability is the liaison to the 600 plus member Environmental Committee, the 600 plus member Product Safety Council (PSC), and the Board-level Sustainability Committee. The Director of Sustainability serves as the principal issue manager for issues under the purview of these groups.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as issue manager for all sustainability, product safety, and chemical management matters:
    • Advocate on sustainability, product safety, and chemical management issues before Congress, Executive Branch, independent agencies, as well as state and local legislatures and agencies and foreign governments.
    • Initiate and manage all communications with the Environmental Committee, the Product Safety Council, and the Board-level Sustainability Committee.
    • Develop and implement recommendations on policy positions to C-level Board and other AAFA members.
    • Organize in-person meetings and regular conference calls/briefings for the Environmental Committee (three meetings per year). Organize regular conference call briefings for the Product Safety Council and the Board-level Sustainability Committee.
    • Develop legislative, industry, and regulatory strategies, including national and international level campaigns to achieve AAFA objectives.
    • Supervise outside consultants hired to support advocacy and information gathering efforts.
    • Conceptualize and implement member-facing industry tools, best practices, goals/standards, etc.
    • Represent AAFA in speeches, member meetings, media interviews, and video appearances.
    • Write op-eds and articles to be published in national or social media.
    • Conceive of and supervise task forces developed to advance member interests in specific issues.
    • Supervise allocation of staff and resources, drawn from all departments across the enterprise, on issue.
    • Supervise AAFA staff deployed to work on Strategic Plan elements under purview.
  • Respond to detailed inquiries from AAFA member companies and in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Support the Communications and Marketing department in developing and refining media-facing and consumer-facing talking points on issues related to sustainability and product safety.
  • Monitor sustainability and product safety industry, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting AAFA member companies through media and online research.
  • Closely collaborate with the Education and Corporate Marketing department and Communications and Marketing department to assist with then planning, execution, and success of the annual AAFA Product Safety and Compliance Seminar, the annual AAFA Traceability & Sustainability Conference, and other related AAFA events.
  • Participate in lobbying activities associated with the Policy Team on all issues, as needed.
  • Ensure adequate and timely preparation of any Policy Team documents, including briefing books and reports.
  • Design and manage budget under purview.
  • Maintain a relentless focus on the needs of our membership.


  • BA/BS (Masters preferred).
  • 5-7 years related policy experience in sustainability and/or product safety/chemical management.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills and keen attention to detail.

Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to

Internship Opportunities

Policy Intern

About this Job:

AAFA offers competitive internship opportunities in our Policy Department. The department is interested in legislative and regulatory matters at national and international levels, while directing lobbying and advocacy responses for matters affecting the apparel and footwear industries.

We focus our policy work around three core pillars: brand protection, trade, and supply chain and manufacturing. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Participate in virtual meetings with AAFA members on policy-related matters as well as occasional external meetings with government agencies and members of Congress.
  • Support the creation of AAFA regulatory resources and tools.
  • Support the development of letters and agendas and summarize regulatory updates.
  • Support development of presentation content for policy-oriented speaking engagements.

Personal characteristics and qualifications:

  • Must be able to receive academic credit for this internship.
  • Demonstrated interest in trade, legislative, and regulatory matters.
  • Demonstrated interest in corporate social responsibility and/or sustainability a plus.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized.

Application Process:

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for a spring internship starting in March. Please send your resume and a short email about your interest in the position to


Fully remote