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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 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 Opportunities

  • Director, Industry Standards

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

    PLASTICS seeks a Director to join our Regulatory Affairs team to lead domestic and international industry codes and standards activities.  This includes managing PLASTICS’ 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 Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs, and additionally supports 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 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.
    • Summarizes codes and standards activities for staff and members, and works with staff on related communications such as statements, newsletters and website content.
    • 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 association 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 send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to HR@plasticsindustry.org

    About Us: The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a trade-based membership organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain.  Our staff is proud to represent the 965,000 employees in the $432 billion plastics industry.  Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability.  PLASTICS is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team, striving for growth and success.  Employees have the opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and our association. 

    We offer a full suite of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions.  We value volunteering and service to the community.  We participate in an annual river cleanup of the Anacostia in Maryland, and are passionate about recycling initiatives. 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.  To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.

  • Senior Specialist, Regulatory Affairs

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

    PLASTICS seeks a Senior Specialist to join our Regulatory Affairs team to support the management of domestic and global regulatory activities.  These activities are primarily related to the production of plastics and its use in certain packaging applications.  This position is based in Washington, DC, reports directly to the Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs, and additionally supports the Director, Global Packaging Regulations.

    Essential Functions:

    • Contribute to Regulatory Affairs team work in the areas of: the environment; occupational safety and health; chemicals management, and food, drug, and cosmetic packaging.
    • Research and monitor federal agencies’ regulatory, enforcement and compliance assistance programs; maintain tracking documents and prepare reports (e.g., EPA, CSB, FDA, OSHA).
    • Assist in analyzing rulemakings and coordinating member participation in the regulatory process.
    • Provide direct support to two member committees by assisting staff leaders with committee programs and projects. 
    • Support the planning of committee events, including agenda development and outreach to guest speakers.
    • Responsible for committee administrative functions including scheduling calls/meetings, preparing and editing documents, maintaining rosters and databases, and updating content for online resources.
    • Manage communications and coordinate activities among members and relevant contractors.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, engineering, law, occupational safety and health, political science, polymer science or a related field.
    • 2+ years of experience with environmental, occupational safety and health, chemical, plastics, food, packaging or related issues.
    • Understanding of federal regulatory programs; experience with federal agencies is preferred.
    • Ability to travel (<15%).

    About You:

    • You have previous experience with a government agency, trade association or other organization involving regulatory affairs, environmental matters, worker safety, chemicals or packaging materials.
    • You want to leverage your previous experience to further your knowledge of regulatory matters, the business aspects of a non-profit, and how to effectively support membership committees.
    • 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 contribute to the management of committee programs and projects.
    • You are seeking a professional environment that has opportunity for growth.

    Essential Skills:

    • Strong written and oral communications skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to details, priorities and timelines.
    • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, research, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Committee management and consensus-building experience is a plus.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.

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

    About Us: The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a trade-based membership organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain.  Our staff is proud to represent the 965,000 employees in the $432 billion plastics industry.  Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability.  PLASTICS is a dynamic organization with an ambitious team, striving for growth and success.  Employees have the opportunity to grow, learn and impact both the industry and our association.

    We offer a full suite of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions.  We value volunteering and service to the community.  We participate in the Adopt-a-Block program, an annual river cleanup of the Anacostia in Maryland, and are passionate about recycling initiatives. 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.  To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.

    , collaborative, detail-oriented person who can effectively coordinate day-to-day operations in support of our members, as well as contribute to the management of Committee programs and projects, in an environment with opportunity for additional responsibility.  This position is based in Washington, DC, reports directly to the Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs, and additionally supports the Director, Global Packaging Regulations.

    Essential Functions:

    • Contribute to Regulatory Affairs team work in the areas of: the environment; occupational safety and health; chemicals management, and food, drug, and cosmetic packaging.
    • Provide direct support to the staff leaders for the EHS+ Committee (environment, health and safety) and the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC) by assisting with managing FDCPMC and EHS+ Committee programs and projects. 
    • Assist with the planning and logistics of FDCPMC and EHS+ Committee events, including communications with representatives of government agencies in the U.S. and worldwide.
    • Manage the High Pressure Polyethylene (HPPE) Steering Committee.
    • Coordinate administrative activities, including scheduling calls/meetings, preparing and editing documents, maintaining rosters and databases, and updating content for online resources.
    • Monitor government and trade publications and other resources; maintain tracking documents, and report and present on relevant topics.
    • Manage communications and coordinate activities among members and relevant contractors.

    Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, occupational safety and health, political science, or related field.
    • 5+ years of experience with environmental, occupational safety and health, chemical, plastics, food, packaging or related issues.
    • Understanding of federal regulatory programs; experience with federal agencies is preferred.
    • Ability to travel (<15%).

    Essential Skills:

    • Demonstrated written and oral communications skills, including with domestic and international government officials.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects with attention to details, priorities and timelines.
    • Proven organizational, problem-solving, research, analytical and interpersonal skills.
    • Committee management and consensus-building experience.
    • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.

    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, participate in the Adopt-a-Block program 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.  To learn more about PLASTICS, go to plasticsindustry.org.