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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. Our staff is proud to represent the 965,000 people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain. 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 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 contributions. We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance. In fact, employees take personal time off at their own discretion.

PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability or any factor prohibited by applicable law.

Employee Programs

Benefits

  • Company sponsored Medical, Dental, and Vision plans
  • Health and Welfare benefits are effective first day of employment
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
  • Company contributes 3% of salary to 401K regardless of employee contribution; an additional discretionary contribution of 2% is offered with the achievement of annual strategic goals
  • Immediate vesting for 401K
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement plan
  • Pre-Tax mass Transit benefit
  • 100% Company paid Life Insurance equal to 2X employee’s annual salary

Work-Life Balance Programs

  • PLASTICS offers our staff flexible works hours and the option of a weekly telecommute day. 
  • We have an unlimited leave policy, 10 paid holidays. Additionally, our office is closed December 24-January 1
  • Free on-site fitness center
  • Casual dress on Fridays
  • Inclement Weather Policy which allows staff to remain home with children in the event of a school closure

Team Building and Social Events

  • Regularly scheduled Social Hour events

Community Service

  • Active participant in Washington DC’s Adopt-a-Block program
  • Passionate about Recycling and Sustainability efforts

Skills Development and Training

  • 100% Company paid access to over 15,000 online training modules, no approval needed
  • Tuition and Certification Reimbursement up to $1,500.00 annually

Job Listings

  • Manager, External Relations, APBA

    Reports to: Executive Director, APBA

    FLSA Classification: Exempt

    Office Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC

    Background: APBA 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.

    Relationships:

    • 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: Two-four years of experience in communications, government affairs, 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. Attention to detail is important, so please include your favorite color in the first line of your cover letter. 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 apba@plasticsindustry.org.

  • Senior Director, Global Packaging Regulations

    Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS); Washington, D.C.

    PLASTICS seeks an experienced Senior Director, Global Packaging Regulations, to execute strategies and tactics for effectively managing issues related to plastics used in food, drug and cosmetic packaging applications on behalf of our member companies.  The ideal candidate is a self-motivated person with strong attention to detail and demonstrated success in regulatory advocacy, including exceptional analytical, communication, leadership, management and problem-solving skills.  This position reports directly to the Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs, in support of relevant long-term planning and implementation of strategic directions.

    Essential Functions:

    • Lead the development and implementation of regulatory programs/projects related to food, drug and cosmetic packaging safety.
    • Develop and execute advocacy strategies relevant to existing and proposed regulations.
    • Provide representation and advocacy before, and collaborate with, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and related government agencies worldwide.
    • Serve as staff leader for the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC), including project management and budgeting.
    • Develop programming to provide members with relevant compliance assistance and education, and encourage member participation in regulatory/legislative processes.
    • Serve as PLASTICS lead on the Food Packaging Coalition, including project management, budgeting, and representation before government agencies.
    • Interface with domestic and international regulatory agencies, industry trade groups, coalitions, scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
    • Develop and maintain a network of key officials and decision makers.
    • Promote the use of sound science and regulatory consistency across jurisdictions.
    • Assist in responding to relevant press inquiries and developing other public messaging.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in polymer or packaging science/engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, toxicology, political science, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
    • 10-15+ years leading chemical/plastics/food, drug, consumer products safety-related activities, preferably within a relevant organization or government agency.
    • Experience working with FDA and counterpart organizations worldwide is preferred.
    • Experience working with committees or coalitions, with demonstrated ability to build consensus.
    • Experience cultivating relationships with U.S. and international stakeholders.

    Essential Skills:

    • Excellent written and oral communications skills with diverse stakeholder audiences.
    • Self-motivated leader with strong attention to detail and excellent analytical, problem-solving, organizational, strategy development and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work on a variety of projects simultaneously and manage deadlines.
    • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
    • Ability to travel (<15%)
    Have fun in your job.

    Please send your resume and salary requirements to HR@plasticsindustry.org

    About Us: The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain.  Our staff is proud to represent the 965,000 people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain.  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 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 contributions.  We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance.  In fact, employees take personal time off at their own discretion. 

    PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability or any factor prohibited by applicable law.  To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.