The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team, striving for growth and success. Together we shape the direction of the entire plastics industry and as a job requirement, have some fun while doing so.  

Employees have the opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and the inner workings of our association. We also encourage volunteerism—as a staff, we work to keep two blocks of K Street clean, and participate in river clean ups and recycling initiatives.  

We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer match and contributions. We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life blend. In fact, employees take personal time off at their own discretion.

Current job opportunities at PLASTICS are listed below.


  • Manager, External Relations, American Progressive Bag Alliance

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    Reports to: Executive Director, APBA
    FLSA Classification: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
    Background: The American Progressive Bag Alliance is the trade association for a thriving and resourceful industry of plastic bag manufacturers and suppliers employing 25,000 American workers in more than 40 states. We proactively promote product lines and lead numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide.  The APBA is a part of the Plastics Industry Association.

    General Summary: The Manager, External Relations, will play an important role in member and public engagement. Along with preparing communications to members of the APBA, the manager will be tasked with stakeholder engagement throughout the country   

    Essential Functions:

    • Work with Executive Director and regional, state, and local consultants to engage stakeholders in areas of strategic importance.
    • Develop and distribute regular member communications that are thoughtful and engaging.
    • Work with internal and external public affairs and media relations teams to produce content and conduct necessary outreach to elected officials. 
    • Help defeat burdensome taxation and regulation while promoting an industry committed to sustainability, recycling, and creating manufacturing jobs in America.
    • Have fun in your job.


    • Internal: Staff, consultants, membership.
    • External: Local and state-level stakeholders and elected officials.  Industry coalitions and NGOs.

    Job Qualifications:   

    • Education: Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Experience: Three-five years of experience in communications, coalition management, or trade association role.   Ability to think strategically and tactically. Understanding of how to assemble coalitions and build consensus.  Strong grasp of the lawmaking process at local and state levels.  
    • Core Competencies: Outstanding written and oral communications skills. Understanding of the legislative process.  Teamwork, ethical behavior, ability to quickly adjust to change and to work under pressure. Customer service orientation.  Member communications -- written and oral -- are a central part of PLASTICS’s day-to-day business; staff member will be expected to treat member communications as a top priority.  Ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously.  Ability to travel.

    Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to

  • Director, Industry Standards

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    Reports to:                       Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs
    FLSA Classification:          Exempt
    Office Location:                Headquarters, Washington, DC

    General Summary:  Leads industry codes and standards activities representing the industry on all relevant committees.

    Essential Functions:

    Lead PLASTICS’ codes and standards activities, including:

    • Developing, recommending, implementing and managing PLASTICS’ standards programs, to include:
      • Leading the Equipment Council’s Machinery Safety Standards Committees (i.e., Blow Molding Safety Committee, Extrusion Safety Committee, Injection Molding Safety Committee and Robot Safety Committee) including committee roster maintenance, calls and meetings, action items and minutes, follow-ups, insure timely payment of all Standards Committee dues (ANSI, B11,etc.),
      • Responsibility for the oversight of the procedures for standards review, comments and appropriate vetting process for updating changes.
    • Receiving and responding to communications received through process.
    • Working with international partners as necessary to promote the harmonization of standards and guidelines where possible and beneficial to the industry.
    • Monitoring additional codes and standards relevant for the plastics industry, including regularly reviewing the publications of codes and standards organizations and maintaining tracking documents (e.g., PLASTICS’ Scorecards).
    • Alerting members and staff to codes and standards-based issues to ensure members have a voice and are able to properly engage in the process.  
    • Interacting with other trade associations or state and national organizations to resolve inter-industry issues and concerns.
    • Summarizing codes and standards activities for staff and members, and working with staff on related communications (e.g., statements; newsletter and website content).

    Lead or support organization-specific activities, including:

    • American National Standards Institute (ANSI B11, especially ANSI/ASSE Z244.1 and ANSI Z535.3)
      • Lead activities related to all accreditation issues including providing relevant documentation for ANSI audit purposes, identify appropriate alternate voting representative.
      • Manage the cyclical review and verification of machinery standards in compliance with ANSI process.
      • Manage the updating of codes, guidelines and standards referencing “SPI” to “PLASTICS”.
    • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
      • Facilitate PLASTICS’ Equipment Council’s Machinery Safety Standards Committee administration of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 199, Safety of machinery.
      • Participate in the U.S. TAG for ISO/TC 39/SC10, Machine tools, Safety.
    • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
      • Represent PLASTICS as a User-level Committee member for NFPA 652 and NFPA 654 (relating to combustible dust), including assisting with their triennial review period in coordination with PLASTICS’ EHS+ Committee staff.
      • Support PLASTICS’ Organic Peroxide Producers Safety Division (OPPSD) member representation in NFPA 400: Hazardous Materials Code, including assisting with the annual review period in coordination with OPPSD staff.
    • ASTM International
      • Represent PLASTICS through active participation in Committee D20 on Plastics.
      • Represent PLASTICS through active participation in Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials.
      • Support PLASTICS staff that manages member committees and projects involving ASTM Committee work products and related initiatives.
    • Other Organizations
      • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
      • Other organizations as identified by member interest.


    • Internal:  Staff, members, consultants and legal counsel.
    • External: Codes and standards bodies, trade associations, industry coalitions and relevant government agencies.

    Job Qualifications:  

    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience:  At least 7-10 years of experience in codes and standards management, with association experience preferred.  Proven track record in building consensus and managing committees.  Existing positions of leadership or participation within relevant organizations a plus.

    Interested Applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to