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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



Vice President/Sr. Vice President, Advocacy & Public Affairs

Reporting to the President and serving as an integral member of ISRI’s senior management team, the Vice President (VP) of Advocacy & Public Affairs is responsible for providing overall leadership on ISRI’s advocacy and public affairs efforts. This includes responsibility for development and implementation of an integrated strategy - across all levels of government and groups of stakeholders – for advancing ISRI’s agenda and priorities.

  • Develops ISRI’s political strategies and priorities in pursuit of an effectively targeted agenda on behalf of the industry across federal, state and local, and international arenas.
  • Oversee all advocacy activities and initiatives on the federal, state and local, and international levels, including communicating key advocacy messages to generate support among policy makers, staff, allied organizations and other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders in the policy community, including but not limited to other associations, NGOs, government officials, and issue coalitions.
  • Defines the strategic focus, work priorities, and budget for the department, and ensures that these align with the organization’s overall strategic goals and priorities.
  • Monitors legislative, political and regulatory developments impacting ISRI members and ensures members are updated about developments; serves as the lead point of contact on all such issues.
  • Serves as an external spokesperson on ISRI’s policy initiatives, while also serving as a spokesperson for ISRI’s advocacy and public affairs efforts to the membership.
  • 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.
  • Provides timely, continual and informative analysis and content to members regarding relevant policy developments to gain support for advocacy efforts.
  • Regularly communicates with key thought leaders to ensure timely identification and understanding of current and future issues that might impact ISRI and/or its members, and communicating that information back to ISRI staff and members.
  • Ensures the production of high-quality verbal and written comments on draft policies, rules and plans, and congressional testimony.
  • Builds support for ISRI’s priorities in Congress and the Executive Branch, as well as with individuals and groups who are or ought to be supportive of recycling.
  • Assists in the coordination of the annual legislative fly-in, Hill Days and member trainings to further ISRI’s public policy priorities.
  • Activates and involves members on legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.
  • Serves as liaison to ISRI’s Government Affairs Committee.
  • Facilitates the development of teams and coalitions to accomplish related goals.
  • Collaborates closely with staff across all departments within ISRI to promote teamwork and leveraging of expertise and experience from all parts of the association.
  • Assists in development of an annual PAC plan; increases political involvement and encourages PAC participation
  • Develops and manages ISRI’s advocacy team to support the development and execution of ISRI’s agenda and overall goals and priorities. As part of this effort, the VP: o promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality, o mentors and develops staff, o establishes and monitors staff performance and development goals, including assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, and establishing priorities, and o encourages the team work cooperatively and proactively across all ISRI departments.
  • Adheres to, and ensures the adherence of employees, to ISRI’s core values.
  • Works as a member of the senior management team to further ISRI’s goals, vision and mission.

Job Qualifications

  1. Proven track record of translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  2. Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  3. Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  4. Demonstrated success in gaining the credibility and respect of high-performing Board of Directors
  5. Results oriented
  6. Proven ability to anticipate future needs and make decisions in a changing environment
  7. Relationships with congressional members (including more than staff) and access to the directors or senior personnel of key government agencies

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of experience in Washington as a government executive, a Congressional staffer in a senior position, or senior position in a relevant government department, agency or business.
  • Previous experience managing lobbyists
  • Experience in bringing forth an advocacy campaign or program that results in a substantive agenda in the legislative process.
  • Proven ability to provide strategic advice in advocacy programs

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.

 


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.