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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 nearly one million 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 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. 

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 401(k) regardless of employee contribution; an additional discretionary contribution of 2% is offered with the achievement of annual strategic goals
- Immediate vesting for 401(k)
- 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 the option of a weekly telecommute day. 
- We honor 10 paid holidays. 
- 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

Available Positions

  • Regional Director, State Government Affairs - Northeast Region

    Job Description

    Reports To:                 Vice President, Government Affairs

    FLSA Classification:    Exempt

    Office Location:           Based in the Northeastern United States (only candidates residing in this area will be considered)

    Salary range:               $75k-$115k

    General Summary:      The Plastics Industry Association is seeking a regional director or senior manager (depending on experience) who is based locally in the northeastern United States to play an important role in monitoring and actively engaging on relevant legislation and regulations in their region. The regional director/senior manager will be expected to craft policy response and promotion that best serves the members of the Plastics Industry Association. Working in conjunction with the PLASTICS team, the regional director/senior manager will facilitate conversations between members and key policymakers across the region. Building relationships and growing the PLASTICS presence in the region will be an important part of the job and key to success.

    Essential Functions:

    • Diligently track legislative and executive actions that could impact the members of the Plastics Industry Association.
    • Represent PLASTICS before state legislative committees, legislators, and staff to influence pending legislation and promote the values and benefits of plastics and the industry that manufactures it and the products made from it.
    • Establish and build beneficial relationships in northeast region states and regularly travel to key state capitals for meetings.
    • Track state legislation and send Weekly State Legislative Summary report to staff and member contacts.
    • Seek out and identify opportunities to promote the PLASTICS position and the industry through coalitions and strategic alliances.
    • Analyze legislative proposals and be able to quickly prepare summaries to present to PLASTICS staff and members.
    • Draft testimony for introduced legislation, and review coalition letters for our signature responding to introduced legislation.
    • Draft Issue Alerts to be sent to PLASTICS’ members inviting them to “Take Action” by contacting their local officials.
    • Continue to monitor and update PLASTICS’ member representation and contact information in state legislator districts.
    • Liaise with other PLASTICS staff and committees on state government affairs needs, including but not limited to issue summaries, presentations and inquiries about policy positions.
    • Maintain confidentiality of all corporate, personnel and research matters.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in your job!

    Job Standards:

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times.
    • Member communications (telephone, written and oral) are a central part of PLASTICS’ day-to-day business. Staff member will be expected to treat member communications as a top priority.

    Relationships:

    • Internal:  Interface with PLASTICS staff, members and committee members.
    • External: Communicate with state legislators and legislative staff, state executive branch staff, vendors, coalition partners, and important stakeholders.

    Skills and Qualifications:

    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following: 
    • Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully and maintains confidentiality. 
    • Interpersonal skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things. 
    • Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills.
    • Written communication—the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information. 
    • Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently. 
    • Quality control—accuracy and attention to detail is critical so please include your favorite color in the first line of your cover letter to demonstrate you were thorough in your reading of this job description.
    • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events. 
    • Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
    • Ability to work in a team environment, with creative and driven individuals.

    Experience and Qualifications:

    • The successful candidate will have 5-8 years of professional policy experience. Experience working in a state legislature or lobbying legislators very helpful. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
    • To be considered, you will need to live in the region with a strong preference that you are based in or near an important state capital city. An ability and willingness to travel is also necessary.
    • Prior experience with databases; knowledge of iMIS database and State Net (or other legislative tracking software) a plus. Possess an understanding of the political and policy processes. Strong record of achievement and ability to function as a team player.  Ability to travel.

    Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

     

  • Regional Director, State Government Affairs - Western Region

    Job Description

    Reports To:                 Vice President, Government Affairs

    FLSA Classification:    Exempt

    Location:                     Based in Western Region. (Only candidates residing in a western state will be considered)

    Salary range:               $75k-$115k

    General Summary:      The Plastics Industry Association is seeking a regional director or senior manager (depending on experience) who is based locally in the western United States to play an important role in monitoring and actively engaging on relevant legislation and regulations in the states of the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. The regional director/senior manager will be expected to craft policy response and promotion that best serves the members of the Plastics Industry Association. Working in conjunction with the PLASTICS team, the regional director/senior manager will facilitate conversations between members and key policymakers across the region. Building relationships and growing the PLASTICS presence in the region will be an important part of the job and key to success.

    Essential Functions:

    • Diligently track legislative and executive actions that could impact the members of the Plastics Industry Association.
    • Represent PLASTICS before state legislative committees, legislators, and staff to influence pending legislation and promote the values and benefits of plastics and the industry that manufactures it and the products made from it.
    • Establish and build beneficial relationships in western region states and regularly travel to key state capitals for meetings.
    • Track state legislation and send Weekly State Legislative Summary report to staff and member contacts.
    • Seek out and identify opportunities to promote the PLASTICS position and the industry through coalitions and strategic alliances.
    • Analyze legislative proposals and be able to quickly prepare summaries to present to PLASTICS staff and members.
    • Draft testimony for introduced legislation, and review coalition letters for our signature responding to introduced legislation.
    • Draft Issue Alerts to be sent to PLASTICS’ members inviting them to “Take Action” by contacting their local officials.
    • Continue to monitor and update PLASTICS’ member representation and contact information in state legislator districts.
    • Liaise with other PLASTICS staff and committees on state government affairs needs, including but not limited to issue summaries, presentations and inquiries about policy positions.
    • Maintain confidentiality of all corporate, personnel and research matters.
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in your job!

    Job Standards:

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times.
    • Member communications (telephone, written and oral) are a central part of PLASTICS’ day-to-day business. Staff member will be expected to treat member communications as a top priority.

    Relationships:

    • Internal:  Interface with PLASTICS staff, members and committee members.
    • External: Communicate with state legislators and legislative staff, state executive branch staff, vendors, coalition partners, and important stakeholders.

    Skills and Qualifications:

    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.
    • Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following: 
    • Problem solving—the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully and maintains confidentiality. 
    • Interpersonal skills—the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others' ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things. 
    • Oral communication—the individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations and demonstrates group presentation skills.
    • Written communication—the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information. 
    • Planning/organizing—the individual prioritizes and plans work activities and uses time efficiently. 
    • Quality control—accuracy and attention to detail is critical so please include your favorite color in the first line of your cover letter to demonstrate you were thorough in your reading of this job description.
    • Adaptability—the individual adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events. 
    • Dependability—the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
    • Ability to work in a team environment, with creative and driven individuals.

    Experience and Qualifications:

    • The successful candidate will have 5-8 years of professional policy experience. Experience working in a state legislature or lobbying legislators very helpful. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. 
    • To be considered, you will need to live in the region with a strong preference that you are based in or near an important state capital city (Sacramento would be ideal). An ability and willingness to travel is also necessary.
    • Prior experience with databases; knowledge of iMIS database and State Net (or other legislative tracking software) a plus. Possess an understanding of the political and policy processes. Strong record of achievement and ability to function as a team player.  Ability to travel.

    Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

  • Director - International industry Codes and Standards

    Job Description

    PLASTICS seeks a Director to join our Equipment Council team to lead domestic and international industry codes and standards activities.  This includes managing PLASTICS’ ANSI standards development, evaluation and approval processes and facilitating participation in related activities, such as with ASTM International and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  This position is based in Washington, DC, reports to the Vice President, Equipment Council.

    Essential Functions:

    • Develops, implements and manages PLASTICS’ American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Program. This includes responsibility for making recommendations, adhering to processes for maintaining ANSI accreditation, preparing for and leading audits and ensuring accredited procedures comply with ANSI Essential Requirements.
    • Leads machinery safety standards committees and work groups.
    • Manages the cyclical review and verification of machinery standards in compliance with ANSI process; responds to communications received through process.
    • Works with consultant and international partners as necessary to promote the harmonization of standards and guidelines where possible and beneficial to the plastics industry.
    • Researches and monitors other organizations’ codes and standards relevant for the plastics industry, including regularly reviewing publications and maintaining tracking documents.
    • Alerts members and staff to codes- and standards-based issues to ensure members have a voice and can properly engage in the process.
    • Represents PLASTICS or provides support on relevant codes and standards committees in NFPA, ASTM International, ANSI and other organizations as identified by member interest.
    • Interacts with other trade associations or state and national organizations to resolve inter-industry issues and concerns.
    • Tracks standards sales and manage associated contracts, marketing and promotion activities.
    • Prepares and implements annual budget activities related to standards.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
    • 5+ years of experience in codes and standards management, with ANSI audit experience preferred.
    • Knowledge of Standards development and approval processes (e.g., ANSI and ISO) and policies. Achievement of SES Certification is highly valued.
    • Ability to travel (<15%).

    About You:

    • You have experience with a codes or standards organization, government agency or trade association; current positions of leadership or participation within relevant organizations is a plus.
    • You have a proven track record in building consensus and managing committees. 
    • You want to leverage your strong information technology skills and experience related to connected processes and systems.
    • You are a self-motivated, collaborative, detail-oriented person who can effectively coordinate day-to-day operations in support of our members.
    • You want to leverage your previous experience to further your knowledge of standards, the business aspects of a non-profit, and how to effectively support membership committees.

    Essential Skills:

    • Strong ability to clearly and persuasively write, speak and represent, especially on technical matters.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to details, priorities and timelines.
    • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, research, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.

    Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

  • Director, New Member & Sponsorship Sales

    Job Description

    Reports to: Vice President - Industry Relations & Member Engagement   

    FLSA Classification: Exempt

    Office Location: Remote TBD

    General Summary: The primary function of this role is to identify, engage, sell, and close on prospective new members. Develop robust value propositions for each of the three member councils (Materials, Processors, & Equipment) to emphasize the benefits of being a member of the association. Responsible for the revenue development and growth of the Plastics Industry Association.  Responsible for growing the association through new revenue streams, new sponsorship opportunities, and increased membership base.  Responsible for regional activities and the development of new regional events designed to engage both members and prospective members. Works and collaborate with the appropriate PLASTICS staff to achieve the overall goals and objectives as stipulated in the strategic plan. 

    Essential Functions:

    • Develop, create, and implement strategic programs & robust value propositions to increase membership revenue.
    • Develop unique regional events designed to engage members and create association awareness to both member and non-member companies.
    • Collaborate with industry partners to engage a larger audience in PLASTICS events, conferences, and tradeshows.
    • Serve as liaison between PLASTICS and members to address their concerns and questions; actively interface with members and prospects to educate them on association benefits/services and merits of membership.
    • Utilize member input to create and develop new programs and events to increase non-dues revenue for the association.
    • Develop reporting methods to routinely benchmark member growth and to provide a historical perspective on the association’s progress.
    • Collaborate with other departments and outside resources to achieve association goals. 
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in job!

    Job Standards: 

    • Must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures. 
    • Expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times.
    • Member communications, telephone, written and oral, are a central part of PLASTICS’s day-to-day business. Treat member communications as a top priority

    Relationships:

    • Internally: Interface with PLASTICS staff
    • Externally: Communicate with prospective new members of PLASTICS

    Job Qualifications:

    • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required. 
    • Experience:  Plastics industry selling experience is critical. Association tradeshow, sponsorship and membership sales background required.  Ten years experience required.
    • Core competencies:  Ethical behavior, ability to quickly adjust to change, results-oriented, team player, customer service orientation, strategic, creative, and inquisitive.
    • Job competencies:   
      • extensive knowledge of membership and sponsorship processes, databases, and systems,
      • strategic planning skills with ability to implement the details, i.e., proven experience in association membership recruitment/retention, the ability to successfully promote program products and services to members,  
      • proven track record in building programs that have resulted in growing revenue and membership base.
      • communication skills, including public speaking and writing skills.
      • ability to “close a sale”.
      • demonstrated understanding of the financial impact of: increasing/keeping/losing members.

    About Us:

    LASTICS 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.

    Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

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