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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


- 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

  • Communication Manager, ARPBA

    Reports to: Director, ARPBA
    FLSA Classification: Exempt

    Office Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC

    The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance is the trade group for a thriving and resourceful industry of plastic bag manufacturers and suppliers employing 20,000 American workers in more than 40 states. We proactively promote product lines and lead numerous public policy initiatives that serve as the frontline defense against plastic bag bans and taxes nationwide. The ARPBA is a self-funded special purpose group of the Plastics Industry Association.

    General Summary:

    The communications manager, ARPBA will play an important role in member and public engagement. Along with preparing communications to members of the ARPBA, the manager will be tasked with media and stakeholder engagement throughout the country. This role will be a blend of public affairs, issue advocacy, and state and local government relations.

    Essential Functions:

    • Work with director and external consultants to develop and implement a robust, public-facing messaging and media strategy, with an eye toward earned media.
    • Work with internal and external public affairs and media relations teams to produce content and conduct necessary outreach to media outlets and elected officials.
    • Develop and distribute regular member communications that are thoughtful and engaging, including daily clips, newsletters, and as-it-happens updates.
    • Manage, curate and drive ARPBA’s digital and social media presence with an eye toward SEO performance.
    • Work with director and regional, state, and local consultants to engage stakeholders in areas of strategic importance.
    • Work with internal and external public affairs and media relations teams to produce content and conduct necessary outreach to media outlets and elected officials.
    • Help defeat burdensome taxation and regulation while promoting an industry committed to sustainability, recycling, and creating manufacturing jobs in America.


    • Internal: Staff, consultants, membership.
    • External: Local and state-level stakeholders and elected officials. Industry coalitions and NGOs. Media.

    Job Qualifications:

    • Education: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in communications, political science, or similar disciplines.
    • Experience: Two to five years of experience in communications, coalition management, or trade association role. Ability to think strategically and tactically. Understanding of how to assemble coalitions and build consensus. Strong grasp of the lawmaking process at local and state levels.

    Core Competencies:

    • Outstanding written and oral communications skills. Significant editing experience and familiarity with AP style a plus.
    • Understanding of the legislative process at the state levels. Ability to travel. Some experience interfacing directly with principals preferred.
    • Teamwork, ethical behavior, ability to quickly adjust to change and to work under pressure. Customer service orientation. Ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously. Please respond with a cover letter including salary requirements and your resume to