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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 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 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

- An 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

  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

    Reports to:                  Vice President, Advocacy & Voice
    Seniority Level:           Mid-Senior Level
    FLSA Exemption:         Exempt
    Office Location:           Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

    Background: 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.

    General Summary: Reporting to the Vice President of Advocacy & Voice, the Associate Communications Director will be PLASTICS’ primary external media representative, promoting plastics materials, products, companies and industry experts to the press and public.  Working with the entire Marketing and Communications Department to enhance understanding of plastics’ benefits, our industry’s global reputation and association’s brand, the position will partner closely with Government Advocacy and Economics 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, 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 misconceptions.
    • Cultivate relationships with national, local and trade media to promote plastics, our industry and 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.
    • 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. 
    • Secure and coordinate press interviews and prepare PLASTICS’ CEO and other interviewees with effective themes and information to succeed.
    • 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 Marketing & Communications Department’s efforts to achieve its goals under PLASTICS’ Strategic Plan: Advocacy, Communications, Member Engagement and Sustainability. 

    Required Skills & Assets:

    • Strong writing and editing ability.
    • Strategic thinking.
    • Media and political savvy.
    • Press contacts, preferably at manufacturing, energy, transportation and related media.
    • Fondness for in-depth research.
    • 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.
    • Aptitude for digital communications and willingness to learn new tools.

    Relationships:

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

    Job Qualifications

    • Education: College degree in communications, journalism, history, political science, English.
    • 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 three writing samples to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

    The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position.  Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

    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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