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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

Career Opportunities

  • Vice President of Sustainability
    Reports to:Chief Operating Officer
    FLSA ExemptionExempt
    Office LocationFlexible

     

     

     

    Please apply at HR@plasticsindustry.org

    Position Summary:

    Responsible for developing sustainability strategies that will position PLASTICS as the leading organization in sustainability for the broader plastics industry.  The VP of Sustainability is responsible for managing the execution of the programs that support those strategies for our members as well engaging external partners such as trade associations, research institutes, and NGOs.  The VP also provides strategic input to the communications team that helps shape the industry’s messaging around the sustainability of plastics and importance of recovery.

    Essential Functions:

    • Work with Council and Committee staff leads and members on sustainability initiatives that create value for the industry.
    • Represent the Association as a spokesperson on sustainability issues.
    • Manage engagement of the Sustainability Advisory board which helps set sustainability priorities for the organization.  
    • Participate in external programs with counterparts in member companies, coalitions, and other trade associations. 
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Relationships:

    • Internal: Staff, consultants, interns, and membership.
    • External: Government agencies, federal, state and local representatives, non-member companies, industry coalitions, media and NGOs.

    Job Qualifications:   

    • Education: Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience
      • At least ten years of experience in the field of plastics recycling with preferred experience in a broader range of sustainability issues.  Previous association experience is preferred, but not required. 
      • Proven track record of effective project leadership and execution.  This role requires extensive relationship building internally and externally.
      • Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential.  Must have the ability to set high-level vision while identifying and executing projects that directly support the goals of that vision.
      • Ability to travel up to 35%.

    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. Ability to prioritize projects, but also manage a variety of projects simultaneously.  Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally.

    Please apply at HR@plasticsindustry.org

  • Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
    Reports to:President and Chief Executive Officer
    FLSA ExemptionExempt
    Office LocationHeadquarters – Washington, D.C.

     

     

     

    Please apply at HR@plasticsindustry.org

    Company Intro:

    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.

    General Summary:  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 Communications Vice President 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.

    Please apply at HR@plasticsindustry.org