The American Chemistry Council (ACC), a national trade association representing the world’s leading chemical and plastics manufacturers, currently has an opportunity for Associate Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability for its Plastics division. ACC represents its members on public policy issues; coordinates the industry’s research and testing programs; and administers Responsible Care®, the industry’s environment, health, safety and security performance improvement initiative.
The position is responsible for leading all public affairs and communications efforts for the Plastics Division’s Sustainability Team (PST), including strategic planning, audience targeting, message development, and content creation and promotion. This position is responsible for positioning Division leadership as thought leaders in key sustainability media outlets and at national sustainability events; supports the Division’s director of media relations with media outreach on state affairs issues; and plays a key role in planning and marketing the Division’s annual Circularity Summit. This role coordinates across the Plastics Division and with ACC’s Communications Department, Federal Affairs, State Affairs, and Sustainability departments, and reports directly to the Senior Director, Public Affairs and Communications.
Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in relevant field (communications, language studies, marketing, public relations, public policy) and at least five years related experience with business, trade, political or policy advocacy. Strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to write creatively and communicate technical information, as well as knowledge of industry best practices and current and emerging technologies, trends, and approaches used to propagate messaging that resonates with targeted audiences. Trade association experience and communications/public relations experience are preferred.
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $558 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.