The Assistant Vice President 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.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
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.
Strong relationship building and interpersonal skills
Strong network in sustainability and recycling industry and its value chain.
Strong professionalism and presence.
Proven success in engaging with people across industries, cultures, audiences and members across all commodities.
Ability to work effectively in a multi-stakeholder collaborative environment.
Must be able to exercise strategic thinking, be proactive, and able to work with other staff under deadline.
Must have proven success in prioritizing opportunities for maximum impact.
Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, and proficiency at navigating technical material.
Ability to work flexibly in an ever-changing setting, where priorities and programs are evolving.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
At least 10 years of experience working directly with the recycling industry and/or its value chain.
About Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the “Voice of the Recycling Industry”. Nominated as one of 2019 top manufacturing associations to work for, ISRI represents more than 1600 companies in 20 chapters nationwide that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. For more information about ISRI, please visit www.isri.org.