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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 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

  • Vice President, Government Affairs

    Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    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.

    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 VP of Communications 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.

  • Executive Assistant, Office of the President

    Reports to: Office of the President
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C.

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    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.

    PLASTICS is growing and is looking for an Executive Assistant, Office of the President.

    This role will assist the President with his area of responsibility toward successful accomplishment of the mission, goals and objectives of PLASTICS. Providing administrative and secretarial support to the President, while planning, organizing, managing and executing two Board meetings per year.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Prepare and create monthly reports.
    • Compose and prepare correspondence, reports, and other complex documents.
    • Act as a liaison for the President with the Board of Directors, members and staff.
    • Handle special projects assigned by the President to include, but not limited to, conducting research and preparation of reports, preparation of documents and business correspondence, some of which is confidential in nature.
    • Effective maintenance of all meeting, correspondence and business files for the President and the Office of the President.
    • Handle President’s calendar and email to include his meeting and travel schedule.
    • Coordinate and make airline, hotel and other travel arrangements (domestic and international) for the President.
    • Assist with preparation of business travel expense reports and coordinate payment of business expenses for the President.
    • Administrative office duties to include, but not limited to, answer telephones, arrange conference calls for the Office of the President; open and sort mail, etc.
    • Coordinate with the events department to plan and manage the execution of all meetings for which the President has responsibility, including Board of Director and Governance meetings. Following review by the President and the Chairman of the Board, help to implement all phases of the meetings.
    • Coordinate and implement all phases of Board elections to include preparation and distribution of ballots for the election of Officers and Board of Director members.
    • Coordinate with appropriate senior staff in implementing the preparation and distribution of ballots for the election of members to the three Industry Segment Councils.
    • Coordinate and implement all phases of balloting for all PLASTICS’ Bylaws or policy changes, which require membership approval.
    • Handle Board-related correspondence and telephone communications.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 7-10 years experience at a trade association or corporation assisting senior level executive.
    • Previous experience planning high-level meetings (Board Meetings, Senior Management activities, etc.)
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, with advanced skill level in: Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Prior experience with databases; knowledge of iMIS database a plus.
    • Ability to manage competing demands; deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
    • Ability to work on multiple projects at once, set priorities, work independently, and problem solve.
    • International experience relative to travel planning, interaction with international groups/executives etc.
    • Ability to travel 10-15%

     

    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 can 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. 

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

     

    PLASTICS is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The organization welcomes men and women regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, veteran status or other category protected by law.

  • Senior Manager, Trade Show Marketing

    Reports to: Director, Events & Trade Show Marketing
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C. (REMOTE)

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a Washington D.C.-based trade association and purpose-driven organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain. We believe in working to make our members and the industry more globally competitive. We believe in advancing sustainability and being a good steward of resources. We believe in promoting plastics manufacturing as a viable career option.

    The PLASTICS Events Marketing team is an ambitious team responsible for the strategic development and implementation of multichannel marketing campaigns in support of approximately 20 topical in person and virtual meetings and events, including the association’s signature global triennial B2B trade show. This position will help develop and implement strategies and tactics to position the trade show as the premier trade event in the plastics industry for education, networking, and innovation, ensuring continued growth in attendance, exhibitors, and sponsorship sales.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Responsible for the management and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for the organization’s global trade show. Manages all phases of promotional tactics including messaging, concepts, design, production, and distribution leveraging all appropriate traditional and innovative marketing channels: email and email automation, web, print collateral, organic and paid social media, digital and print advertising, digital media (e.g., SEO, SEM, display and native, retargeting, geotargeting, geofencing), and event mobile applications.

    • Collaborates with approximately 50 external publications and associations via in-kind trades, institutional newsletters, and event calendars.

    • This position will work cross-functionally to promote the trade show by developing long- and short-form content, press releases, bylines, advertorials, cross promotions and facilitating interviews with stakeholders and industry influencers and thought leaders.

    • Leads the trade show’s sales & marketing committee, collaborating with the trade show team, director of events & trade show marketing, chair, and vice chair, to develop work plans that will allow the committee to accomplish committee responsibilities effectively and efficiently for each trade show cycle.

    • Build buyer personas and work closely with product team and agency/vendor to build value-driven messaging to support marketing campaigns and website content.

    • Implement a strategy that supports account-based marketing, including ways to target and personalize engagement based on behavior and attendee and exhibitor profiles.

    • Collaborates with trade show team on developing a comprehensive program designed to support exhibitors in promoting their participation at the event.

    • Manage year-round web properties for the trade show, ensuring accurate and timely content is in place pre- and post- show and during the event.

    • Manage and maintain vendor/agency relationships and media partnerships, as appropriate to responsibilities.

    • Develops and supports audience segmentation strategies to utilize prospect lists and third-party lists effectively; research new markets and develops promotional tactics to target new audiences with appropriate messaging.

    • Collaborates with in-house creative/graphic design team member to manage design assets in support of select trade show events, programs, and operational needs.

    • Develop appropriate KPIs and establish regular cadence or analysis and reporting for marketing campaigns. Assists in developing and monitoring budgets.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • 5-7 years’ experience in marketing trade shows/events or B2B campaigns is required.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or a related field.

    • Experience working for an association and/or marketing/PR agency a plus.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proofreading ability.

    • Experience with email and email marketing automation platforms such as HubSpot and MailChimp.

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite is required.

    • Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision and manage shifting priorities, handling multiple assignments simultaneously; prioritize and meet deadlines.

    • Basic understanding of digital media channels—programmatic, native, and paid social.

    • Experience using and managing social media platforms—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram.

    • Experience using Google Analytics to pivot campaign strategy and drive impact and performance.

    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to turn analysis into actionable programs and ability to use data to optimize day-to-day performance.

    • Excellent attention to detail, project management, and organizational skills.

    • Excellent interpersonal skills.

    • Must be customer service and team oriented.

    • Ability to successfully manage relationships with external vendors.

    • Ability to travel as required.

    The Plastics Industry Association (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 can grow, learn, and impact both the industry and our association. We are passionate about sustainability and recycling initiatives.

    We offer excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions. We value a work-life balance.

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

  • Manager, Digital & Social Media Marketing

    Reports to: Director, Events & Trade Show Marketing
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C. (REMOTE)

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a Washington D.C.-based trade association and purpose-driven organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain. We believe in working to make our members and the industry more globally competitive. We believe in advancing sustainability and being a good steward of resources. We believe in promoting plastics manufacturing as a viable career option.

    The PLASTICS Events Marketing team is an ambitious team responsible for the strategic development and implementation of multichannel marketing campaigns in support of approximately 20 topical in person and virtual meetings and events, including the association’s global triennial B2B trade show. This position supports a significant portion of this portfolio designing, implementing, and optimizing an omnichannel strategy across organic and paid media and digital touch points that acquires and engages members and meets product growth and goals.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Owns highly visible organic and paid social campaigns, including bids and audiences, creatives, scheduling and testing, and overall management and monitoring of ongoing daily posts and campaigns.

    • Develop strategic marketing plans for paid media that includes programmatic display and native advertising, look-a-like prospecting, third-party prospecting, site retargeting, and paid search.

    • Plans and executes SEO strategy to enhance website visibility.

    • Measure and analyze performance and identify trends, insights, and optimizes spend and performance based on insights.

    • Responsible for setting up all DSP conversion tracking and attribution.

    • Implement and continually test new creative messaging, landing pages, campaigns, and tools with the goal of driving increased engagement, leads, conversions, and followers month-over-month.

    • Identifies critical conversion and drop-off points to optimize user funnels.

    • Stay relevant on new social media tools and best practices to leverage technology and trends.

    • Develop and maintain event editorial calendar(s), deliverables, and analytics for digital media performance, including tagging, tracking, and reporting.

    • Write, edit, and proofread short- and long-form content, including blogs, articles, infographics, and social media content.

    • Engage with plastics communities—members, thought leaders, stakeholders, influencers—to drive favorable conversations about the organization’s events.

    • Assist with special projects as assigned by supervisor.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or a related field.

    • Google Ads certification a plus but not required.

    • Association experience a plus.

    • Event/trade show experience a plus.

    • Hands on experience managing Google Ads.

    • Hands on experience managing LinkedIn Advertising.

    • Experience in using audience research, advertising activation, and tracking tools such as Google Campaign Manager.

    • Demonstratable experience leading and managing SEO/SEM strategy.

    • Deep knowledge in digital media channels—programmatic, native, paid social

    • Demonstratable experience leading and managing social media platforms—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram.

    • Solid knowledge of website and marketing analytics tools (i.e., Google Analytics, Hubspot, SEMrush, etc.).

    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to turn analysis into actionable programs and ability to use data to optimize day-to-day performance.

    • Strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively to all stakeholders, internal and external.

    • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

    The Plastics Industry Association (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 can grow, learn, and impact both the industry and our association. We are passionate about sustainability and recycling initiatives.

    We offer excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions. We value a work-life balance.

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

  • Senior Director, Processors & Global Packaging Regulations

    Reports To: Vice President, Industry Relations & Member Engagement
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C

    Position Summary:

    Direct and manage PLASTICS’ Processor Council and related committees, groups and divisions, as well as working groups and activities to achieve their goals and objectives while integrating the broader PLASTICS Strategic Plan. Responsible for overall issues management related to this membership segment. Develop and maintain portfolio of activity to enhance member benefits.

    Essential Functions:

    Processor Council:

    • Provide day-to-day direction to the Council, Divisions, Groups and Committees.  Provide management, planning and administrative oversight.  Responsible for supporting development and implementation of budgets, work products and managing related staff initiatives.  Responsible for regular interaction with the Council and subordinate groups to ensure activities are consistent with the Council’s goals and activities, as well as the association’s strategic plan.
    • Plan, organize and direct the programs and activities of the Council, Divisions, Groups and Committees in conjunction with the respective leadership teams and in support of PLASTICS’s Strategic Plan. 
    • Develop, recommend, implement and manage the Council’s annual budget(s) for all activities.  Assure activities are within approved resources.  Review monthly drilldown report to ensure accuracy of all relevant financial accounts. 
    • Work with Council to establish positions on public policy issues working with the government affairs department.
    • Receive and disseminate updates from various departments with PLASTICS (ex: government affairs, sustainability, etc.) as they impact the Council and related Committees, Divisions and Groups.
    • Work with communications and marketing department on relevant communications and issues for general information, meetings, etc.
    • Provide leadership for development and production of annual conferences, including content, networking and revenue programs.
    • Recruit and engage industry leaders into Council leadership, as well as leadership in Divisions, Committees and Groups.  Maintain robust representation and plan for succession of leadership.
    • Lead appropriate member outreach to governmental bodies, NGO’s, stakeholder coalitions, and develop strategic alliances with relevant entities.
    • Serve as staff leader for subordinate groups and their subcommittees as well as their special projects for:
      • Rigid Plastic Packaging Group
      • Flexible Film and Bag Division
      • Transportation and Industrial Plastics Committee

    Food, Drug & Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee:

    • 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, as well as 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.
    • Manage relevant subcommittees in order to generate additional value, including the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Applications Committee.
    • 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.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Proven communication skills with success in public relations environments.
    • Knowledge of the manufacturing industry, related trade associations and coalitions, laws and regulations affecting the manufacturing industry sector.
    • Ability to handle concurrent projects through time, project and budget management.
    • Proven history of leadership, to include organizational, problem-solving, business development, strategy development and policy/program implementation.
    • Proven research and analytical skills.

    Relationships:

    • Internally: Interface with PLASTICS staff, counsel and membership.
    • Externally: Interface with outside organizations, to include additional trade groups, issue-based coalitions, government agencies, NGOs and other plastics industry stakeholders as required in fulfillment of job goals.

    Job Standards:

    • Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
    • Member communications, telephone, written and oral, are a central part of PLASTICS’ day-to-day business; staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times, and to communications as a top priority.
    • Staff member, as a PLASTICS employee, is a representative of the entire plastics industry, notwithstanding particular job focus or area of concentration.

    Job Requirements:

    • Education:  College degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
    • Experience:  Eight to twelve years of experience in industry, trade/professional association or governmental positions requiring managerial skills.
    • Special Knowledge: Conceptual and strategic thinking ability. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated competence in effective communications of in-depth issues with industry groups, policy makers and other opinion leaders, and the public. Ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously. Current information technology skills (e.g., PowerPoint and other Office applications). Ability to travel.

    Other:

    • Other duties as assigned.
    • Have fun in your job.
  • Manager, Event Marketing

    Reports to: Director, Events & Trade Show Marketing
    FLSA Exemption: Exempt
    Office Location: Headquarters – Washington, D.C. (REMOTE)

    GENERAL SUMMARY

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a Washington D.C.-based trade association and purpose-driven organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain. We believe in working to make our members and the industry more globally competitive. We believe in advancing sustainability and being a good steward of resources. We believe in promoting plastics manufacturing as a viable career option.

    The PLASTICS Events Marketing team is an ambitious team responsible for the strategic development and implementation of multichannel marketing campaigns in support of approximately 20 topical in person and virtual meetings and events, including the association’s global triennial B2B trade show. This position supports a significant portion of this portfolio developing, implementing, and executing integrated marketing strategies that acquires and engages members and attendees and meets product growth and goals.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Executes marketing plans for select conferences and meetings. Manages all phases of promotional tactics including messaging, design, production, and distribution leveraging all appropriate traditional and innovative marketing channels: email and email automation, web, print collateral, social media, digital and print advertising, digital media, and event mobile applications.

    • This position will work cross-functionally to promote PLASTICS events through press releases, media kits, exhibitor and sponsorship prospectus, and cross promotional opportunities.

    • Build buyer personas and work closely with product team to build value-driven messaging to support marketing campaigns and website content.

    • Implement a strategy that supports account-based marketing, including ways to target and personalize engagement based on behavior and member profiles.

    • Manage year-round web properties for select conferences and meetings, ensuring accurate and timely content is in place pre- and post- meeting and during the event.

    • Manage and maintain vendor/agency relationships and media partnerships, as appropriate to responsibilities.

    • Develops and supports audience segmentation strategies to utilize prospect lists and third-party lists effectively; research new markets and develops promotional tactics to target new audiences with appropriate messaging.

    • Collaborates with in-house creative/graphic design team member to manage design assets in support of select marketing events, programs, and operational needs.

    • Develop appropriate KPIs and establish regular cadence or analysis and reporting for marketing campaigns.

    • Manage and monitor marketing campaign budgets.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • 3-5 years’ experience in marketing events or campaign marketing role.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or a related field.

    • Association experience a plus.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proofreading ability.

    • Experience with email and email marketing automation platforms such as HubSpot and MailChimp.

    • Ability to work on multiple projects at once, set priorities, work independently, and problem solve.

    • Basic understanding of digital media channels—programmatic, native, and paid social.

    • Experience using and managing social media platforms—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram.

    • Experience using Google Analytics to pivot campaign strategy and drive impact and performance.

    • Excellent analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to turn analysis into actionable programs and ability to use data to optimize day-to-day performance.

    • Excellent attention to detail, project management, and organizational skills.

    • Ability to travel as required.

    The Plastics Industry Association (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 can grow, learn, and impact both the industry and our association. We are passionate about sustainability and recycling initiatives.

    We offer excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, competitive salaries and a 401(k) plan with employer contributions. We value a work-life balance.

    Interested applicants should send cover letter, salary requirements, and resume to HR@plasticsindustry.org.

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