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Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is seeking to fill the positions listed below. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from ISRI.

Current Job Openings


Assistant Vice President, Sustainable Development

The Director of Sustainable Development oversees the development and execution of an integrated strategy addressing the priorities of the segments of the recycling industry (plastics, paper and packaging) most directly impacting the residential recycling stream, building on ISRI’s existing work in this area. This position will lead the strategic planning and execution of sustainable development initiatives on behalf of ISRI and its members and will build the association’s membership, policies and programming with emphasis on the plastics, packaging and residential segments of the recycling industry.

  • Oversees the development and execution of an integrated strategy addressing the priorities of the packaging, recycling and the recycling value chain industries, building on ISRI’s existing work in this area.
  • Identifies, develops and champions policies and programs that influence the long-term growth of the recycling industry and its value chain by managing risks and leveraging opportunities.
  • Identify external partners, industries with whom to engage.
  • Serves as liaison and advisor to ISRI’s Plastics and Paper Divisions, Brands Leadership Council and MRF Committee. This includes actively engaging with members, listening to their needs and understanding the circumstances within which they operate, while providing impaction suggestions and strategies.
  • Ensures the recycling industry’s and ISRI’s voices are heard in compelling ways.
  • Develops programs in close collaboration with key internal partners across ISRI, as well as with government institutions, media and other critical stakeholders
  • Ensures that all initiatives contribute to ISRI’s mandate and lead to the creation of environmental, social and economic value for ISRI’s members and the communities in which ISRI’s members operate;
  • Serves as the subject matter expert on all things related to the recycling industry and the associated value chain and provides insight to ISRI and its members.
  • Collaborates with the relevant ISRI staff/departments across the organization to develop meaningful and impactful products and services to support the activities of ISRI members within the plastics, paper and municipal recycling segments of the recycling industry.  Such products and services include, but are not limited to, education and training, market development initiatives and research.
  • Works closely with ISRI’s membership team to identify and help recruit new members to ISRI from all commodities, with specific emphasis on the plastics and packaging industries.
  • Contributes to the development of a robust scrap market that benefits members, the environment and the economy.
  • Positions ISRI as a “go to” voice on recycling policy and issues with members, media, politicians, bureaucrats and other material stakeholders.
  • Increases the membership base and revenue of ISRI.
  • Represents ISRI at conferences and meetings to ensure ISRI’s voice and messages are an influential part of the dialogue.
  • Establishes a network of industry collaborators that can help support the interests of the membership, and leverage expertise where needed outside of ISRI.
  • Works as a member of the ISRI team to achieve ISRI’s mission and goals.

Personal Skills

  1. Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
  2. Strong network in sustainability and recycling industry and its value chain.
  3. Strong professionalism and presence.
  4. Proven success in engaging with people across industries, cultures, audiences and members across all commodities.
  5. Ability to work effectively in a multi-stakeholder collaborative environment.
  6. Must be able to exercise strategic thinking, be proactive, and able to work with other staff under deadline.
  7. Must have proven success in prioritizing opportunities for maximum impact.   
  8. Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.
  9. Excellent oral and written communication skills, and proficiency at navigating technical material.
  10. Ability to work flexibly in an ever-changing setting, where priorities and programs are evolving

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 10 years of experience working directly with the recycling industry and/or its value chain

Send letter of interest and resume to ISRI, Attn:  Olga Zamora, VP of Human Resources, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC  20005-5903.  No phone calls, please.



Director of Training & Education 

This position is responsible for the development, implementation, measurement and continuous improvement of education and training (E&T) programs to align with ISRI’s vision and the recycling industry’s current and future workforce

  • Develops strategy, business plans and content for ISRI education and training initiatives delivered via digital platforms and at in-person ISRI events.
  • Offers expertise, conducts research and provides analyses to inform ISRI E&T content and program growth opportunities.
  • Partners with key internal and external industry stakeholders and serves as the liaison to relevant volunteer committees to cultivate a level of excellence in ISRI E&T offerings.
  • Collaborates and recruits internal and external subject-matter experts for high-quality training and education programming for various target audiences.
  • Manages both e-learning platforms and in-person E&T event content, with an eye on growing fresh content in priority areas as identified by stakeholder and member volunteer groups.
  • Maintains awareness of and expertise in the latest E&T technology and content marketing trends to ensure ISRI programs grow to exceed organizational and financial goals.
  • Attends and assists in the on-site management of ISRI E&T events to ensure the smooth functioning of all aspects (including but not limited to audio-visual requirements, speaker needs, space considerations, etc).
  • Assists in the management of budget forecasts and progress reporting to meet financial and organizational goals.
  • As a member of the ISRI team, works closely with Meetings department staff on site selection and meeting logistics, and with the Marketing department team on promotion, and exhibit and sponsorship goals and opportunities.
  • Based on organizational KPIs, evaluates and provides senior management and key stakeholders with performance reports for all meetings, training programs and conference sessions.
  • Develops a vision for industry E&T certification in various recycling industry workforce areas, including but not limited to safety, the use, maintenance and understanding of certain equipment, and general industry knowledge transfer for the betterment of the workforce.
  • Works as a member of the ISRI team to further ISRI’s mission, vision and goals.

Personal Skills

  1. In-depth understanding of traditional and modern education and training methods.
  2. Experience with successful development of training and development programs, including e-learning and digital platforms, as well as in-person events in a non-profit environment.
  3. Demonstrated success with project management and budgeting
  4. Experience with Learning Management systems (LMS) or other e-learning platforms.
  5. Demonstrated success with research, data analysis and insights developed from them.
  6. Experience developing multi-lingual education and training content development experience
  7. Must Hold (or be eligible for) a valid U.S. Passport   
  8. Be able to travel 10-25% sometimes with multiple days at a time.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in adult education, e-Learning, education and training development, or other relevant field.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Equivalent work experience in lieu of education is acceptable.
  • Proficient with all MS Office functions (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 

Send letter of interest and resume to ISRI, Attn:  Olga Zamora, VP of Human Resources, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC  20005-5903.  No phone calls, please.



Manager, Environmental Compliance

The Manager, Environmental Compliance is a part of the ISRI Environmental and Safety team and provides oversight of key environmental programs, reviews and stays current on both state and federal environmental and safety regulatory activity and provides pertinent information to the ISRI membership. This position acts as a steward for assigned ISRI environmental and safety guidance documents.  This position also interfaces with members on Safety issues.

  • Manage systems and processes to track, measure and report on results (ROI) of EHS development initiatives.
  • Develop guidance documents for environmental and safety compliance, including developing and updating related publications.
  • Provide technical assistance to members as needed and communicates that information to relevant ISRI staff.
  • Manage the Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) program to include outreach program to membership, education and assistance during the ordering process, program budget projections, and tracking of key performance indicators.
  • Review and provide written updates to changes in environmental safety and health regulatory information.
  • Interact with ISRI membership staff concerning EHS issues, including but not limited to concerns and needs of chapters.
  • Ensures that all initiatives contribute to ISRI’s mandate and lead to the creation of environmental, social and economic value for ISRI’s members and the communities in which ISRI’s members operate;
  • Respond to scientific or technical inquiries from ISRI members.
  • Perform outreach activities including developing and delivering EHS training presentations and conducting on-site audits to include but not limited to blueprint assessments.
  • Provide oversight for the development of an emergency response assessment blueprint.
  • Function as the staff liaison for EHS specific committees, workgroups and task forces.
  • Keep current on scientific and technical information as well as federal regulations related to recycling, the recycling industry, and products and materials that the industry recycles, could recycle, or will recycle.
  • Support ISRI’s Chief Scientist in managing the activities and quarterly meetings of ISRI’s Design for Recycling® Task Force.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert on all things related to the recycling industry and the associated value chain and provides insight to ISRI and its members.
  • Support ISRI’s Chief Scientist in managing ISRI’s efforts on internal and external scientific and technical activities and endeavors, including the REMADE Institute.
  • Represent ISRI or the industry in external stakeholder groups involving scientific and technical issues that affect recycling or the recycling industry.
  • Publish articles in Scrap magazine and other industry publications as well as publish information updates via other outlets, including but not limited to social media.

Personal Skills

  1. Possess a strong working knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements.
  2. Able to develop and deliver training presentations
  3. Ability to remain current and research safety and health regulatory information
  4. Excellent grasp of the physical sciences and engineering, including physics, chemistry and chemical or environmental engineering
  5. Good understanding of academia, private research organizations, and US government agencies involved in scientific and technical activities and endeavors.
  6. Ability to absorb, interpret and summarize scientific and technical information quickly and accurately.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills with diverse audiences
  8. Ability to work independently and also as part of a team.
  9. Able to travel domestically and internationally (25-50% of the time) and occasionally on short notice.

Professional Qualifications

  • BS in a physical science (e.g., material science), scientific or technical discipline (e.g., industrial ecology or sustainability), or engineering (e.g., chemical engineering)
  • 6-10 years of progressive environmental experience in academia, consulting, relevant trade association, or relevant government agency.
  • Proficient computer skills with basic software programs (Excel, Word, Office and PowerPoint)

Professional Qualifications

  • MS in a physical science (e.g., material science), scientific or technical discipline (e.g., industrial ecology or sustainability), or engineering (e.g., chemical engineering)
  • Reputation as a scientific or technical authority through publications or prior activities.
  • Familiarity with recycling and recycling industry.
  • CSP, CIH, or PE (environmental) certifications.
  • Published one or more technical articles.

Send letter of interest and resume to ISRI, Attn:  Olga Zamora, VP of Human Resources, 1250 H Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC  20005-5903.  No phone calls, please.

Have Questions?

Please refer to the contact details through individual job postings or email isrijobs@isri.org for additional information.