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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

  • Digital Communications Specialist

    The Plastics Industry Association, a D.C.-based trade association which represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the $432 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 a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and write for all forms of media, including digital, print and video.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Manage the organization’s social media presence using both organic and paid tactics to promote key messages and market its 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.
    • Coordinate content from across the organization and compile a bi-weekly newsletter for members.
    • 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 Experience

    • Exceptional ability and 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. Experienced and takes pride in editing.
    • Ability to develop metrics for quality of work, measure them and incorporate them in new campaigns, initiatives andprojects.
    • Demonstrated ability to make technical information understandable a plus.
    • Have fun in yourjob!

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

  • Director, Global Packaging Regulations

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

    PLASTICS seeks a 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 an experienced, self-motivated person with strong attention to detail and demonstrated success in regulatory advocacy, including exceptional leadership, analytical, communication, management and problem-solving skills.  This position is based in Washington, DC and 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+ years leading chemical/plastics/food/drug-related activities, preferably within a relevant organization or government agency.
    • Experience working with FDA and counterpart organizations worldwide is preferred.
    • Experience managing committees or coalitions, with demonstrated ability to build consensus.
    • Experience cultivating relationships with U.S. and international stakeholders.
    • Ability to travel (<15%).

    Essential Skills:

    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.

  • Coordinator, Regulatory Affairs

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

    PLASTICS seeks a Coordinator, Regulatory Affairs, to support the management of domestic and global regulatory activities related to the production of plastics and its use in certain packaging applications.  The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, 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.