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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

  • Manager, Event Operations

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington, DC based trade association represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS seeks a Manager of Event Operations to collaborate with the PLASTICS team on logistical and planning support for internal and external meetings and the tri-annual tradeshow. The Manager of Event Operations will coordinate onsite events and provide facilities support and work with the Events and Marketing team and cross-functional in all aspects of event planning and management. This position is based in Washington, DC, and reports into the Senior Manager of Event Operations.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with the coordination of all meetings and conferences, both in advance and on-site (whether virtual or in-person).
    • Develop and maintain an industry events calendar.
    • Maintain speaker grid, photos, bios, and forms.
    • Research and coordinate various vendor services for meetings/conferences, including, but not limited to transportation, catering, floral, signage and shipping.
    • Assist in researching hotels and venues for meetings and small special events.
    • Collect, track, and manage staff travel information and coordinate staff housing with the hotel for various meetings.
    • Develop and maintain internal agendas for meetings.
    • Ensure meeting web pages are up to date.
    • Assist with populating and maintaining the meeting applications, registrations, and cancelations, as needed.
    • Onsite meeting preparation including but not limited to badge printing, tent card printing, signage, packing, and shipping.
    • Assist with post-meeting wrap-up, such as writing debrief notes, processing vendor invoices, uploading speaker presentations to conference website, and tracking post-event historical information.
    • Support digital programs (virtual meetings and events) and special events, as needed.
    • Work in partnership with the events and marketing team with tracking and managing event reports for committee meetings.
    • Provide administrative support including filing documents in SharePoint, responding to telephone and email inquiries, developing PowerPoint slides and loops, developing Excel spreadsheets, managing, and packing conference shipments and other projects as assigned.

    Education & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality, marketing, business, or a related field.
    • A minimum of one year experience in in-person, virtual, and hybrid meetings, events, or tradeshow.
    • Experience with or willingness to learn, various media and audio-visual equipment including event management software (e.g., Cvent, Bizzabo)

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

    • Written and oral communications skills with diverse stakeholders audience.
    • Self-motivated with attention to detail, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work autonomously and collectively to build consensus
    • Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to prioritize and work on various projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
    • An earnest work ethic and dedication to collective success of the organization in service of our membership.
    • A commitment to promoting and working in an inclusive and diverse environment with a variety of colleagues from multiple backgrounds.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
    • Ability to lift and move 50 pounds.
    • Ability to travel (<30%).

     

    Interested?

    Please email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume with Manager, Event Operations in the subject line to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

     

    About Us: 

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. We are proud to represent the nearly one million people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain in the United States. 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 learn, develop, and impact both the industry and our association.  We also encourage volunteerism. As a team we seek opportunities to improve the communities in which we work and visit, including organizing riverbank clean-ups.

    We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, well-being, a 401(k) plan with employer contributions, competitive salaries, and work from home flexibility.  We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance!  In fact, we offer unlimited paid time off and employees take personal time off at their own discretion. 

    PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, or any factor prohibited by applicable law. To learn more about PLASTICS, visit us at https://www.plasticsindustry.org/

  • Sr. Director, Trade Show Operations

    Are you a trade show/exhibits professional who thrives on collaboratively meeting deadlines?  Would you like to manage one of the largest trade shows in the Americas?

    We are seeking a Senior Director of Trade Show Operations to develop, implement, and measure trade show functions associated with our domestic and international trade shows, including NPE: The Plastics Show.  NPE is the largest plastics trade show in the Americas.  You will contribute to the development and management of the NPE budget and will implement the operational functions to provide excellent customer service to exhibitors and attendees at NPE and other related events.

    Qualified candidates offer a bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent experience plus a minimum of seven years of experience in city-wide shows, event management, or trade show operations.  PLASTICS seeks individuals with three years of leadership experience as well as experience in contract negotiation, budget management, and vendor management.

    If you believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume and cover letter to the following job link: APPLY

    Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at jobs@cessnasearch.com.

    PLASTICS is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

    PLASTICS provides generous medical benefits, competitive salaries, and work-from-home flexibility.  Together, employees at PLASTICS shape the direction of the entire plastics industry and, as a job requirement, have some fun while doing so.  Employees have the opportunity to learn, develop, and impact both the industry and the association.

  • Sr. Director, Marketing and Events Position

    Are you a cross-functional events and marketing leader with experience in vendor management? 

    We are seeking a Senior Director of Events & Marketing to deliver events that member companies value and support.  This is an excellent opportunity to drive the marketing of membership engagement for a purpose-driven organization.  As the Senior Director of Events & Marketing, you will direct the planning and execution of the association’s events and will lead and participate in the development of marketing strategies for the association, impacting both events and membership. 

    Qualified candidates offer a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, or related field plus seven years of experience in meeting/event management and three years of leadership experience.  Experience in project management, vendor management, & brand equity are required.

    If you believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume and cover letter to the following job link: APPLY

    Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at jobs@cessnasearch.com.

  • Intern, Economics

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington, DC-based trade association, represents the nation's nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS seeks an Economics Intern to work with the Chief Economist in research, analysis, material generation, and the development of presentation materials. This paid internship will provide the opportunity to gain valuable research experience, network with peers in the field, and work directly with the Chief Economist to support the Membership and Board's research and policy missions. As an Economics intern, you will gain valuable research experience, broaden your knowledge of specific research questions, and get exposure to a trade association. This position is in-person and in Washington, DC, Tuesday – Thursday, and reports directly to the Chief Economist. 

    Responsibilities:

    • Update economic, plastics, and end-markets industries databases.
    • Update underlying data tables in Excel-based calculator/s.
    • Draft/proof charts and table in presentations and reports.
    • Using publicly available sources, research data for internally produced monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and publications along with synthesizing and analyzing information.
    • Work collaboratively with the IT and marketing team to coordinate on the electronic release of reports and data updates.
    • Other research and administrative tasks as assigned by the Chief Economist

    Education and Qualifications:

    • Undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Economics, Statistics, or Math
    • Completed macro and microeconomic courses, econometrics preferred
    • Experience conducting open-source research

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Written and oral communications skills
    • Self-motivated with attention to detail, analytical, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work autonomously and collectively to build consensus
    • Ability to prioritize and work on a variety of projects, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Excel preferred

     

    Interested?

     

    Please email a cover letter and resume with Intern, Economics in the subject line to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

     

    About Us: 

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. We are proud to represent the nearly one million people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain in the United States. 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 learn, develop, and impact both the industry and our association. We also encourage volunteerism. As a team we seek opportunities to improve the communities in which we work and visit including organizing riverbank clean-ups.

     

    PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, or any factor prohibited by applicable law. To learn more about PLASTICS, visit us at plasticsindustry.org.

  • Director, Global Packaging Regulations

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington, DC based trade association represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS seeks a Director, Global Packaging Regulations for Government Affairs, to execute strategies 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 great 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 to the Vice President of Government Affairs in support of relevant long-term planning and implementation of strategic directions.

    Responsibilities:

    • 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.
    • Serve as PLASTICS’ lead on the Food Packaging Coalition, including project management, budgeting, and representation before government agencies.
    • Develop programming to provide members with relevant compliance assistance and education and encourage member participation in regulatory/legislative processes.
    • Interface with domestic and international regulatory agencies, industry trade groups, coalitions, scientific institutions, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders.
    • Develop, maintain, and enhance a network of key officials and decision-makers to advance industry priorities.
    • Promote the use of sound science and regulatory consistency across jurisdictions.
    • Assist in responding to relevant press inquiries and developing other public messaging.

    Education and Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in polymer or packaging science/engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, toxicology, political science, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
    • Minimum of eight years of experience in chemical/plastics/food/drug-related regulatory activities, preferably within a relevant organization or government agency.
    • Experience working with FDA and counterpart organizations worldwide is preferred.
    • Demonstrated experience working with committees or coalitions, with demonstrated ability to build consensus.
    • Experience cultivating relationships with U.S. and international stakeholders.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Excellent written and oral communications skills with diverse stakeholder audiences.
    • Self-motivated with attention to detail and excellent analytical, strategic, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work well autonomously and collectively to build consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ability to prioritize and work on a variety of projects simultaneously, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
    • Ability to travel (<15%).

     

    Interested?

    If you believe you meet the requirements, please submit a resume and cover letter to the following job link: Apply.

    Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at jobs@cessnasearch.com.

     

    About Us: 

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. We are proud to represent the nearly one million people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain in the United States. 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 learn, develop, and impact both the industry and our association.  We also encourage volunteerism. As a team we seek opportunities to improve the communities in which we work and visit including organizing riverbank clean-ups.

     

    We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, well-being, a 401(k) plan with employer contributions, competitive salaries, and work from home flexibility.  We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance!  In fact, we offer unlimited paid-time off and employees take personal time off at their own discretion. 

     

    PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, or any factor prohibited by applicable law. To learn more about PLASTICS, visit us at plasticsindustry.org.

  • Manager, Industry Engagement (Material Suppliers)

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), a Washington, DC based trade association represents the nation’s nearly one million workers in the plastics industry. PLASTICS seeks a Manager of Industry Engagement (Material Suppliers) create and maintain relationships with PLASTICS members while managing and/or assisting with the management of the day-to-day operations of the Material Suppliers Council and related groups including the Flexible Vinyl Products Division, the Fluoropolymers Division, and the High-Pressure Polyethylene Process Safety Workshop Steering Committee as well as the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee. The day-to-day operations include committee management, communications, budgeting, and program/content development and implementation related to conferences and meetings.

    Responsibilities:

    • Manage the High-Pressure Polyethylene (HPPE) Process Safety Workshop Steering Committee including:
    • Providing management, planning, and administrative oversight, as well as overseeing the execution of the HPPE Process Safety Workshop event that takes place bi-annually
    • Working collaboratively with the Events and Communications departments and other applicable PLASTICS staff to promote and produce the bi-annual event from start to finish
    • Developing project timelines, agendas, and supporting documents for committee meetings
    • Taking and distributing meeting minutes
    • Recruiting and onboarding new participants to the Steering Committee
    • Working with the Steering Committee to implement new initiatives
    • Manage task groups and programs under the Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) Committee, PLASTICS’ young professionals’ group, including:
    • Developing and implementing project timelines and corresponding activities for programs such as the mentorship program, book club, and speaker series
    • Administering meetings both internally with staff and externally with members to drive current and new activities of the programs
    • Coordinating with the Communications and Marketing & Events team and other applicable PLASTICS staff to promote the programs and maintain related webpages
    • Tracking and promoting member participation
    • Assist with management of Material Supplier Council, Fluoropolymers Division, and Flexible Vinyl Products Division activities and projects, such as the Annual Spring and Fall Meetingsincluding:
    • Helping develop agendas
    • Collecting and putting together materials needed for the meetings and events
    • Taking and distributing meeting minutes
    • Assisting with communications to Council and committees
    • Other duties as assigned

    Education & Experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
    • A minimum of two years’ experience in business, public policy, or customer service industry; trade association or a related industry preferred.
    • Experience with a customer service management system (e.g., HubSpot) a plus.
    • Experience with or willingness to learn project and program management and the plastics industry.

    Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

    • Written and verbal communications skills with diverse stakeholder audiences.
    • Self-motivated with attention to detail, analytical, problem-solving, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to prioritize and work on a variety of projects, adjust to changing priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver results.
    • Ability to work autonomously and collectively to build consensus.
    • Ability to provide customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
    • An earnest work ethic and dedication to collective success of the organization in service of our membership.
    • A commitment to promoting and working in an inclusive and diverse environment with a variety of colleagues from multiple backgrounds.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Excel a plus.
    • Ability to travel (<20%)

    Interested?

     

    Please email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume with Manager, Industry Engagement (Material Suppliers) in the subject line to hr@plasticsindustry.org.

     

    About Us: 

     

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a purpose-driven organization here to support the entire plastics supply chain. We are proud to represent the nearly one million people who are employed by companies in the plastics supply chain in the United States. 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 learn, develop, and impact both the industry and our association.  We also encourage volunteerism. As a team we seek opportunities to improve the communities in which we work and visit, including organizing riverbank clean-ups.

     

    We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, well-being, a 401(k) plan with employer contributions, competitive salaries, and work from home flexibility.  We work hard, we play hard and we value a work-life balance!  In fact, we offer unlimited paid time off and employees take personal time off at their own discretion. 

     

    PLASTICS is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, or any factor prohibited by applicable law. To learn more about PLASTICS, visit us at https://www.plasticsindustry.org/.

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