Lead PLASTICS’ state government affairs. Develop positive proactive relationships with state government and private sector stakeholders. Work with PLASTICS members to develop policies on a broad range of state legislative and regulatory issues. Advocate PLASTICS positions at state and local levels. Manage activities related to development and expansion of grass roots advocacy. Develop and implement activities that establish PLASTICS’ as the organization representing the interests of the integrated plastics industry in the U.S.
Build and maintain relationships with state government legislative and regulatory officials and their staffs to encourage communication of the industry’s issues and
Influence outcomes of government activities impacting the plastic industry in the U.S.
Maintain comprehensive knowledge of industry issues and provide analysis reports on related state and local level legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Formulate comprehensive proactive strategies and specific tactics to represent the interests of the association.
Work with the Vice President to provide program development, leadership and budget accountability on the association's public policy initiatives as they relate to state issues.
Supervise and manage the activities of the Manager, State Government Affairs.
Working with the Vice President, hire and manage activities of state and local consultants.
Serve as an association spokesperson on state public policy issues.
Establish a state political network; know when and who to call for specific issues.
Establish PLASTICS as the source for industry information by government officials and policymakers.
Work with communications department to inform members of state legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Maintain system for coordinating calls to action to PLASTICS members.
Implement a strategic plan that includes relationship building between local manufacturers and their legislative representatives.
Coordinate drafting and submission of comments on relevant state regulatory matters.
Identify and leverage activities with state based manufacturing associations through membership and support of their activities
Assist with plant tour programs.
Work with the Communications department to develop industry image documents.
Communicate and coordinate coalitions as required.
Serve on coalitions.
Work with Webmaster to maintain website content.
Other duties as assigned.
Have Fun in Your Job.
Staff member must adhere to all relevant PLASTICS policies and procedures.
Staff member is expected to provide excellent customer service to members and other staff at all times.
Member communications - telephone, written, and oral -- are all a central part of PLASTICS' day-to-day business. Staff members will be expected to treat communications as a top priority.
A minimum of eight years government or association experience. State legislative or local government experience a plus. Hands on policy development and lobbying experience required. Advanced degree in law, public policy or related field preferred.
Existing relationships with state government officials and their staff and other key organizations required. Knowledge of public policy issues required. Knowledge of manufacturing issues preferred. Strong understanding of legislative and regulatory procedures. Grass tops and grass roots mobilization experience.
Team work, ethical behavior, ability to quickly and easily adjust to change and work under pressure, solution and customer-service orientation.
Extensive knowledge of state government affairs processes. Ability to understand all components of an issue, effectively influence an outcome, and maintain excellent working relationships with policy makers and other stakeholders. Outstanding communications, presentation and computer skills. Ability to travel.
Internal: Interface with PLASTICS staff, members and counsel. External: Communicate with members of PLASTICS, federal and state legislative offices and regulatory agencies, consultants, media, and coalitions.
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initi...atives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org.
PLASTICS employs approximately 45 staff and offers a competitive compensation package.