The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization supporting the entire plastics supply chain. We proudly represent the nearly one million workers in the plastics supply chain in the United States. PLASTICS is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team striving for growth and success. Together we shape the direction of the plastics industry and, as a job responsibility, have some fun while doing so. We have the opportunity to learn, develop, and impact both the industry and our association. We are passionate about recycling and sustainability. We encourage volunteerism. As a team, we seek opportunities to improve the communities we work and visit, including organizing riverbank clean-ups and recycling.

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. 

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.

Benefits

Protecting, promoting, and growing the plastics industry has its perks.

Available Positions

Director, Government Affairs
Reports To:
FLSA Exemption:
Office Location:

PLASTICS is actively searching for a skilled Director of Government Affairs to serve as the organization's key representative on Capitol Hill and within federal agencies. This pivotal role involves advocating for PLASTICS across diverse issues such as environment, sustainability, energy, chemicals, trade, and tax matters.

Responsibilities:

  • Promotes the plastics industry’s agenda through direct lobbying of Capitol Hill and the Administration to ensure sound policies for innovation, economic growth, and global competitiveness.
  • Advises members on the impact of policy initiatives in Congress and the federal government and assists in members’ understanding of compliance rules.
  • Builds, maintains, and enhances relationships with Members of Congress, congressional staff, administration, and regulatory officials to influence outcomes of government activities impacting the U.S. plastics industry.
  • Assists in the strategic development of PLASTICS’ positions on federal legislation and proposed rules and guidance.
  • Represents PLASTICS’ on industry and issue-based coalitions and other stakeholder groups to make sure our voice and positions are heard.
  • In concert with the Government Affairs teams, manages aspects of the Plastics Industry Fly-In to produce an effective in-person lobbying event for members to interact with Members of Congress.
  • Works to engage members in advocacy so that Members of Congress can interact directly with their constituents in the plastics industry such as deploying grassroots resources when legislative activity warrants industry action and coordinating plant tours for Members of Congress to visit member companies’ facilities.
  • Works with other members of the Government Affairs team to grow PLASTICS’ political action committee (PAC) and utilizing the PAC as another advocacy tool by creating a yearly plan to increase member participation and a yearly budget to identify targeted disbursements to key candidates.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in politics, government affairs, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a similar or related position in government affairs, encompassing both direct lobbying and grassroots advocacy; experience in government representing corporations or associations on a variety of policy issues; Capitol Hill, trade-association, lobbying firm, corporate or plastic industry experience required.
  • Experience cultivating relationships with stakeholders.
  • Experience in political fundraising.
  • Experience with the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee on issues such as sustainability, recycling, energy, and materials policy.
  • Experience managing a federal political action committee (PAC) and filing lobbying disclosure acts (LDA).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Understanding the legislation and regulatory processes, the role of lobbying and grassroots mobilization, and federal compliance for political action committees.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including presentation skills with diverse stakeholder audience.
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail and excellent analytical, strategic, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and collectively to build consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on various projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
  • An earnest work ethic and dedication to the organization's success in service of our membership.
  • A commitment to promoting and working in an inclusive and diverse environment with colleagues from multiple backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to travel (<15%). 

Director, Public Policy
Reports To: Vice President of Government Affairs
FLSA Exemption: Non-Exempt
Office Location: Headquarters -Washington, D.C.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington DC based trade association represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS is actively searching for a skilled Director of Public Policy to provide expert opinion and analysis of current and proposed policies that impact the plastics industry. The Director will provide written memorandum and official comments, host webinars, and work with the broader Government Affairs team to achieve PLASTICS’ advocacy goals. The Director will be the in-house expert on policies related to the plastic industry such as recycling, extended producer responsibility (EPR), bottle bills, sustainability, materials policy (plastic, paper, aluminum, etc.), and composting/ bioplastics.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead policy development on policy issues to develop advocacy strategies and promote the industry’s position with government officials.
  • Serve as the in-house expert on policies impacting the industry and provide guidance to the industry.
  • Build and advance relationships with federal and state policy makers on issues affecting the industry.
  • Work with the Public Policy Committee to develop consensus on priority needs and formulate policy positions and strategy on key issues to advance the industry.
  • Attend congressional and executive branch hearings and meetings and brief members on legislative and administrative issues.
  • Track legislation at the state and federal level on issues important to the industry.
  • Monitor and analyze existing and anticipated legislation at the federal and state level.
  • Draft one pagers, talking points, comparison documents, fact sheets, white papers, official testimony, and amendments to advance the plastics policy position.
  • Develop and present advocacy content for presentations at PLASTICS and industry events.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders such as the Communications team to draft communications including articles, blogs, written summaries, updates on legislative or political strategy on policy issues.
  • Manage PLASTICS engagement with industry coalition, trade associations, and member companies on projects and campaigns to represent PLASTICS’ members’ interest.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in politics, government affairs, law, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a similar role or related position in public policy, politics, and/or government affairs; Capitol Hill, government agency, advocacy firm, trade-association or corporate experience required.
  • Experience with federal, state or local legislation.
  • Experience with issues impacting the plastics industry such as sustainability, recycling, energy, extended producer responsibility, and materials policy.
  • Familiarity with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food Drug administration (FDA), and/or related state agencies.
  • Experience cultivating relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Understanding of the legislation and regulatory processes, the role of lobbying and grassroots mobilization, and federal compliance for political action committees.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication including presentation skills with diverse stakeholder audience.
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail and excellent analytical, strategic, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and collectively to build consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on various projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
  • An earnest work ethic and dedication to the organization's success in service of our membership.
  • A commitment to promoting and working in an inclusive and diverse environment with colleagues from multiple backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to travel (<15%).

Program Coordinator (Sustainability)
Reports To: Vice President of Government Affairs
FLSA Exemption: Non-Exempt
Office Location: Headquarters -Washington, D.C.

Bachelor’s degree in business management/administration, or a related field or a combination of education and related experience.

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington DC based trade association represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS is actively searching for a Program Coordinator of Sustainability to provide program support including member onboarding and development for the Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) program. OCS is an industry-led program that supports companies in their goal towards achieving zero plastic resin loss in operations.

Responsibilities:

Member On-boarding, Engagement, and Development
  • Provide staff support and assistance to facilitate outreach and recruitment of new members.
  • Work with PLASTICS team members to identify opportunities for outreach and recruitment.
  • Coordinate with the Finance and Accounting team to generate invoices and track payments for new members and to support annual and renewal outreach processes.
  • Maintain membership and committee records, distribution lists, etc. in the association management database (iMIS).
  • Manage recordkeeping and associated deliverables related to membership and training.
  • Work closely with Council and Committee staff leads to communicate the resources and activities available to PLASTICS members.
Website & Resources
  • Add new OCS Blue Verifiers and ASPs/consultants to OCS website as needed.
  • Work with OCS staff, the Events and Marketing team, to manage assets (e.g., logos, documents, publications)
  • Work with OCS staff and members to develop periodic OCS blogs and member Q&A’s.
Meeting and Event Management
  • Facilitate scheduling meetings, writing minutes, and tracking action items.
  • Support the Events & Marketing team to track deliverables and support planning for OCS events and webinars.
  • Mange speaker logistics such as collecting and follow-up for speaker contracts, headshots, and bios.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business management/administration, or a related field or a combination of education and related experience.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a similar role or relation position in business, customer service industry or membership management; trade association experience preferred.
  • Experience with a customer relationship management platform (e.g., HubSpot - marketing software preferred).
  • Experience with an association management system (e.g., iMIS preferred).
  • Experience with or willingness to learn about program management, sustainability, and the plastics industry.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Written and verbal communications skills with diverse stakeholder audiences.
  • Self-motivated with attention to detail, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and work on a variety of projects, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collectively to build consensus.
  • Ability to provide customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • An earnest work ethic and dedication to collective success of the organization in service of our membership.
  • A commitment to promoting and working in an inclusive and diverse environment with a variety of colleagues from multiple backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Excel required.

Opportunities

Join our team in protecting, promoting, and growing the plastics industry.

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