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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

  • Director, Communications

    Reports to: Vice President, Communications
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association, a D.C.-based trade association which represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the $395 billion plastics industry, is seeking a Director of Communications to join our communications team.

    Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, the Director of Communications will be PLASTICS’ primary external media representative, promoting plastics materials, products, companies, sustainability efforts and industry experts to the press and public.  Working with PLASTICS’ colleagues and members  to enhance understanding of plastics’ benefits, our industry’s global reputation and association’s brand, the Director of Communications will partner closely with Government Affairs, Member Engagement and PLASTICS personnel to research and interpret current events, business news, and public policy, and to spread helpful, accurate information across all available platforms. Excellent writing, editing and speaking skills are paramount, as is an appreciation for business and economics, environmental responsibility, science and innovation, membership engagement and growth. 

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    • Develop and execute broad messaging strategy to promote plastics as an advanced material and counter possible misconceptions.
    • Promote the people of the plastics industry to enhance a better public understanding of those within the plastics industry workforce.
    • Cultivate relationships with national, local and trade media to promote plastics, the many facets of our industry and the Plastics Industry Association to a variety of audiences, including the general public.
    • Actively pitch positive news of plastics’ environmental, health, economic and other benefits to reporters and opinion-makers and respond rapidly to prevent misinformation.
    • Research and summarize in concise terms issues important to plastics companies and employees, such as taxes, trade, energy, infrastructure, environmental, health and safety.
    • Secure and coordinate press interviews and prepare PLASTICS’ CEO and other interviewees with effective themes and information to succeed.
    • Conceive, write and edit talking points, statements, press releases, op-eds, blogs, letters-to-the-editor, video scripts, speeches and testimony advancing plastics industry priorities. 
    • Carefully monitor all media sources for emerging stories, trends and reputational concerns for the association, our members and industry.
    • Organize and grow press lists, as well as diligently record press hits, maintaining current news at plasticsindustry.org.
    • Serve as an on-the-record spokesperson for PLASTICS in the press, at media events and public presentations.
    • Create a crisis communications plan to help PLASTICS staff and members prepare for unexpected scenarios.
    • Coordinate media activities for NPE: The Plastics Show, one of the world’s largest international plastics trade shows.
    • Contribute articles to PLASTICS magazine, newsletters and the website.
    • According to Associated Press style, assist with proofreading and fact-checking communications and marketing materials, as needed.
    • Manage content and analyze metrics for PLASTICS websites and social media, including the PLASTICS Connects mobile application, as needed. 
    • Support the Communications Department’s efforts to achieve its goals under PLASTICS’ Strategic Plan: Advocacy, Communications, Member Engagement and Sustainability. 

    REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIANCE

    • Strong writing and editing ability, with attention to detail for executive presentation.
    • Strategic and goal-oriented planning capabilities.
    • A true commitment to being a part of a diverse and inclusive work environment.
    • Media and political savvy, as well as proper judgement for discretion and discernment.
    • Press contacts, preferably at manufacturing, energy, environmental, transportation and related media outlets.
    • Capability to conduct in-depth research and policy navigation.
    • Strong organizational skills with ability to work under multiple deadlines.
    • Detail-oriented with ability to work independently.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel and experience with CISION.
    • Solid aptitude for digital communications and willingness to learn new tools.
    • A positive attitude and a strong sense of humor.
    • An earnest work ethic and dedication to collective success of the organization in service of our membership.

    RELATIONSHIPS

    • Internal: PLASTICS staff and consultants.
    • External: PLASTICS members, media outlets, educational and research organizations, trade groups and industry associations, legislative, governmental and regulatory staff.

    ESSENTIAL JOB QUALIFICATIONS

    • Education: College Degree in appropriate related field
    • Experience: Minimum five to seven years of experience in journalism, public relations, or professional communications environment.

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume and writing samples to HR@plasticsindustry.org  with PLASTICS Director of Communications in subject line.

    PLASTICS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    About Us: 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 represent the members we serve. Employees have an opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and the inner workings of our association. We encourage an environment that fosters teamwork, and perpetuates respect for each other, our surroundings, and the environment.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, play hard, and value a work-life balance. To learn more about PLASTICS, go to www.plasticsindustry.org or visit www.thisisplastics.com.

     

  • Digital Communications Specialist

    Reports to: Vice President, Communications
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association, a D.C.-based trade association which represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the $395 billion plastics industry, is seeking a Digital Communications Specialist to join our communications team.

    The ideal candidate will have experience producing content for brands’ or clients’ social media platforms, in addition to traditional print, broadcast and/or public relations experience. We are looking for someone who can develop creative, compelling content in an energetically paced, excellence-driven environment, and write for all forms of media, including digital, print and video.

    This position is part of the PLASTICS Communications team and will work closely with the Vice President, Director, Associate Director and collaborate with all organization members including federal government affairs, policy and sustainability as well as marketing and membership engagement.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    • Manage, foster and grow the organization’s social media presence using both organic and paid tactics to promote key messages and engagement, including our global tradeshow and industry events.
    • Serve as an internal social media consultant, providing strategic social media communications plans to staff and members.
    • Transform technical information into compelling stories about the benefits of plastic for a number of platforms, including website, articles, blogs and social media.
    • Develop press releases, statements, talking points, presentations, articles, and other materials as needed to support the communications team.
    • Promote the people of the plastics industry and provide positive examples of the dedicated members of the plastics industry workforce.
    • Coordinate content from across the organization and compile content, not limited to, bi-weekly newsletters for membership, executive correspondence, and public updates.
    • Work with executive team to support the Associate Director and refine social media outreach lists, media outlet contacts and alternative touchpoints for content.
    • Head up media monitoring for the organization. Oversee outside agencies that compile monitoring reports and communicate key findings to the broader organization.
    • Track internal and external deliverables, keeping the team’s project deadlines and to-dos organized.

    REQUIRED SKILLS and EXPERIANCE

    • Exceptional ability to proof and confidently edit executive-level written content.
    • 3-5 years of experience in writing for communications, marketing and storytelling.
    • Experience managing an organization’s social media accounts (experience managing paid social media campaigns a plus).
    • Experience drafting social media copy on behalf of an organization.
    • Experience developing communications materials, including press releases, statements, talking points and other articles.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage projects in an organized manner.
    • Demonstrated ability to track project to completion through approvals across a number of different organizational levels.
    • Outstanding command of vocabulary, grammar, and style.
    • Ability to develop metrics for quality of work, measure them and incorporate them in new campaigns, initiatives, and projects.
    • Demonstrated ability to make technical information understandable a plus.
    • A strong sense of humor and positive attitude, especially in situations that include editorial deadlines.
    • A creative and collaborative spirit that demonstrates a dedication to the overall success of the entire organization.
    • An understanding of the importance of sustainability and environmental responsibility as part of a successful circular economy.
    • A commitment to promoting and working in a truly inclusive and diverse environment with a variety of colleagues from multiple backgrounds.

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume with Digital Communications Specialist in subject line to HR@plasticsindustry.org

    PLASTICS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    About Us: 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 represent the members we serve. Employees have an opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and the inner workings of our association. We encourage an environment that fosters teamwork, and perpetuates respect for each other, our surroundings, and the environment.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, play hard, and value a work-life balance. To learn more about PLASTICS, go to www.plasticsindustry.org or visit www.thisisplastics.com.

  • Director, Sustainability and Environment

    Reports to: Vice President, Sustainability
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) represents the entire plastics supply chain and nearly one million employees in North America, leading efforts to create economic growth and jobs, technological innovation, and a sustainable industry that delivers unmatched value, estimated at over a half-trillion dollars worldwide last year, to businesses and consumers. Our members operate in sectors from energy and transportation, to nutrition and healthcare. The possibilities of plastics are limitless.

    POSITION OVERVIEW

    Reporting to the Vice President of Sustainability, the Director of Sustainability and Environment will be the primary staff person and program manager for Operation Clean Sweep, the resin stewardship program operated by PLASTICS in partnership with other organizations in the US and internationally. Working with PLASTICS colleagues, members, industry partners, the Director will work to achieve their goals and objectives while integrating broader PLASTICS policy and program goals. The Director will be responsible for overall issues management related to this program and develop the association’s programs for plastics in the environment. The Director will develop and maintain portfolio of activity to enhance member benefits, and lead appropriate program outreach to governmental bodies, NGOs, stakeholder coalitions and other relevant entities.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

    Operation Clean Sweep Program Management
    • Provide day-to-day direction to the Operation Clean Sweep Program. Provide management, planning and administrative oversight. Responsible for supporting development and implementation of budgets, work products and managing related staff initiatives. Responsible for regular interaction with the PLASTICS Sustainability Advisory Council to ensure program’s activities are consistent with the organization’s goals and activities.
    • Coordinate with partner organizations domestically and internationally to ensure consistent application of the OCS principles, and to grow and strengthen the program.
    • Work with PLASTICS colleagues, program partners domestically and committee members on recruitment of new members.
    • Ensure program and related committees’ actions are rationalized with established association policies and priorities.
    • Develop, recommend, implement, and manage the annual budget. Ensure activities are within approved resources. Review monthly drilldown report to ensure accuracy of all relevant financial accounts.
    • Act as the liaison with government affairs staff regarding activities impacting the program.
    • Work with communications and marketing department on relevant communications and issues for general information, meetings, etc.
    • Provide leadership for development and production of annual conferences, content, networking, and revenue programs.
    • Recruit and engage industry leaders into program leadership. Maintain robust representation and plan for succession of leadership.
    • Serve as staff leader for subordinate groups.
    • Design and execute special projects to generate additional value through membership generally; and Council/committee participation specifically.
    • Lead appropriate member outreach to governmental bodies, NGO’s, stakeholder coalitions, and develop strategic alliances with relevant entities.
    • Integrate broader PLASTICS policy and program goals into committee programming.
    Sustainability Department
    • Regularly provide updates to PLASTICS staff and members on programs and issues of responsibility
    • Design and execute special projects to generate additional value through membership generally; and Council/committee participation specifically.
    • Responsible for overall issue management related to plastics in the environment, particularly association goals related to eliminating plastic waste in the environment.
    • Work with PLASTICS Government Affairs to establish relevant positions on public policy issues and advise recommendations/outcomes to the government affairs department.
    Other
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in your job.

    JOB STANDARDS

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Member communications, telephone, written and oral, are a central part of PLASTICS; day-to-day business; staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times, and to treat member communications as a top priority.
    • Staff member, as a PLASTICS employee, is a representative of the entire plastics industry, notwithstanding particular job focus or area of concentration.

    REQUIRED SKILLS AND ASSETS

    • College degree required
    • 7 or more years of experience in the plastics industry, trade/professional association, or governmental positions requiring managerial skills.
    • Knowledge and experience in environmental issues, plastic production, and/or sustainability.
    • Demonstrated history of leadership, to include organizational, problem-solving, business development, strategy development and policy/program implementation.
    • Demonstrated competence in communication on in-depth issues with industry groups, policy makers and other opinion leaders and the public.
    • Knowledge creating or developing successful programs
    • Ability to travel
    • Ability to write and present professionally and compellingly
    • Ability to handle concurrent projects through time, project, and budget management.
    • An earnest work ethic and dedication to collective success of the organization in service of our membership.
    • A commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment where all team member work is valued.
    • A collaborative spirit that contributes to the overall wholistic success of PLASTICS, our members and our organization.

    IDEAL OR BENEFICIAL SKILLS AND ASSETS

    • Knowledge and experience in manufacturing process improvement, quality assurance, or industrial wastewater management.

    RELATIONSHIPS

    • Internally: Interface with PLASTICS staff and membership.
    • Externally: Interface with outside organizations, to include additional trade groups, issue-based coalitions, government agencies, NGOs and other plastics industry stakeholders as required in fulfillment of job goals.

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org with PLASTICS Director of Sustainability and Environment in subject line.

    PLASTICS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    PLASTICS offers 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. To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.

  • Vice President, Government Affairs

    Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a D.C.-based trade association that supports the entire value chain for the $432 billion plastics industry including nearly one million workers in the United States.

    Leads the Association’s federal, state and regulatory affairs programs and provides overall issue support and coordination. Oversees advocacy for PLASTICS at all levels of government and serves as staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee (PPC).

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    • Lead staff of government affairs department covering federal, state and regulatory issues.
    • Work with PPC and industry councils to identify public policy priorities and develop programs and actions to respond to those issues.
    • Work with Council liaisons, PPC and Communications department to establish a functioning process for members’ input on public policy issues and dissemination of critical issues to the membership.
    • Manage overall relations of the Association with the U.S. Congress, executive branch, state legislative bodies, as well as local governments.
    • Testify before government entities.
    • Work with VP of Communications to craft messaging and rapid response to media inquiries.
    • Establish and maintain a political network for fundraising activities relating to political and issue advocacy for plastics.
    • Advise the CEO and the Board on pertinent political, legislative and regulatory information.
    • Manage/hire lobbyists and other consultants.
    • Participate in external programs with counterparts in member companies, coalitions and other trade associations.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    RELATIONSHIPS

    Internal: Staff, legal counsel and consultants, membership.

    External: Government agencies, international, federal, state and local representatives, non- member companies, industry coalitions, media and NGOs.

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS

    Education: Bachelor’s degree required, masters or law degree preferred.

    Experience:

    • At least fifteen years of experience in public policy leadership.
    • Association experience a plus. Proven track record of strategic and tactical thinking with successful implementation of strategies.
    • Capacity to assemble coalitions, build consensus, fundraise and lead staff.
    • Proven experience in negotiating complicated issues among stakeholders is desirable. Federal and/or state government affairs experience required.
    • Existing relationships with legislators and regulators and key manufacturing organizations is strongly preferred. Experience in media relations is a plus.

    Core Competencies:

    • Teamwork, ethical behavior, ability to quickly adjust to change and to work under pressure.
    • Customer service orientation.
    • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
    • Member communications, both 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, both domestically and internationally.

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

    About Us: PLASTICS is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team, striving for growth and success. Together we shape the direction of the entire plastics industry. Employees have the opportunity to grow, learn, and impact both the industry and our association. We are passionate about sustainability 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. To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.

  • Director, Industry Engagement – Processors

    Reports to: Vice President, Industry Engagement

    FLSA Classification: Exempt

    Office Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC; Remote may be considered

    Supervises: Manager, Industry Engagement – Processors

    Introduction

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a D.C.-based trade association that supports the entire value chain, including material suppliers, processors and converters, and equipment manufacturers and moldmakers, for the $432 billion plastics industry including nearly one million workers in the United States. Processors include companies who utilize technologies such as blow molding, injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming, rotational molding, and others to convert plastic resin, pellet, or flake feedstock into finished goods.

    General Summary

    Lead and direct strategy to deliver member value for the processors industry segment. Responsible for management of PLASTICS’ Processors Council and related portfolio of activity to enhance member benefits while integrating broader PLASTICS strategic objectives of advocacy, communication, engagement, and sustainability. Responsible for overall issues management, budgets, and operating P&L related to this membership segment. Work with appropriate PLASTICS staff across all departments to achieve organization and individual goals.

    Essential Functions

    • Lead member engagement strategy to build value and increase participation resulting in greater dues and non-dues revenue generation, as related to the processors industry segment.
    • Provide day-to-day direction, management, planning and administrative oversight to the Processors Council and related groups, which currently include the Flexible Film and Bag Division, Rigid Plastics Packaging Group, and Transportation and Industrial Plastics Committee, in conjunction with the respective member leadership teams and in support of PLASTICS’ strategic objectives. Administrative duties include scheduling meetings and providing prompt delivery of written meeting minutes to members.
    • Develop, recommend, implement, and manage the industry segment’s annual budgets for all activities.  Ensure activities are within approved resources.  Review monthly drilldown report to ensure accuracy of all relevant financial accounts.  
    • Provide leadership and ownership for development and production of relevant annual conferences as well as committee meetings and other content, networking and revenue programs.
    • Design and execute special projects to generate additional value through membership generally; and council/committee participation specifically.
    • Work with PLASTICS membership development staff and committee members on new member prospect lead generation and qualification through the closing and onboarding process.
    • Encourage member participation in association advocacy efforts, communications, trade shows, meetings, and other activities.
    • Establish and maintain stakeholder relationships with relevant industry influencers and key strategic partners. Interface with relevant governmental bodies, NGO’s, coalitions, and other relevant entities, as needed.
    • Act as the liaison between PLASTICS Government Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability staff regarding activities impacting the council and related groups.
    • Recruit and engage industry leaders into council and related committee leadership. Maintain robust, diverse representation and plan for succession of leadership.
    • Represent PLASTICS at industry meetings, events, and trade shows to promote organizational value.
    • Monitor ongoing activities and news related to plastic processing and converting.  
    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in your job!

    Relationships

    • Internal: PLASTICS staff, counsel, volunteer leadership, and association governance.
    • External: Prospective and current member representatives, third-party vendors, other trade associations, issue-based coalitions, NGOs, and other plastics industry stakeholders as needed.

    Job Standards:

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Member communications, written and oral, are a central part of PLASTICS’ day-to-day business; staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times, and to treat member communications as a top priority.
    • Staff member, as a PLASTICS employee, is a representative of the entire plastics industry, notwithstanding particular job focus or area of concentration.

    Job Qualifications:

    Education and Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • More than 5 years’ experience in trade association management, business development/fundraising, and/or plastics industry preferred. 
    • Managerial skills preferred.

    Core Competencies:

    • Seeking a driven, collaborative, enthusiastic team player who demonstrates ethical behavior, a customer service orientation, outstanding written and oral communication skills including competence in effective communication of in-depth issues, ability to quickly adjust to change, and strong conceptual and strategic thinking ability.
    • Experience with project and program management; ability to manage a variety of project simultaneously.
    • Knowledge of the plastics industry including related trade associations and coalitions as well as laws and regulations preferred.
    • Proven history of leadership, to include organizational, problem-solving, business development, strategy development and policy/program implementation.
    • Current information technology skills (e.g., PowerPoint and other Office applications).
    • Ability to travel up to 30%.

    Interested applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements, resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org  with PLASTICS Director of Industry Engagement-Processors in subject line.

    PLASTICS is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    PLASTICS offers 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. To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.

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