Communications Coordinator

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

Job Description:

WRI is a global research organization whose work spans more than 50 countries with offices in the Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States. Our organization includes more than 500 experts and staff who work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain our natural resources—the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being.

WRI was recently voted the #1 Environmental Think Tank in the world and is consistently recommended by staff as one of the “most desired organizations to work for.” In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post.

The World Resources Institute seeks a Communications Coordinator to support the Governance Center’s communications efforts to empower people and strengthen institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making. The Communication coordinator will work with the Director of the Governance Center, program staff, and other communication professionals to develop and implement communications strategies, including writing, editing, media relations, social media, developing web content, and presentations. The Communication Coordinator will also be responsible for managing the publication process and supporting internal communications for the Center. The Communications Coordinator will proactively collaborate with WRI’s central Communications department on all aspects of their work.

As a global leader on environmental governance, the Governance Center uses data and research to institutionalize fundamental democratic principles – such as transparency, participation, and accountability – into decision-making processes, policies, and legal frameworks. The Governance Center is divided into five practice areas—climate resilience, environmental democracy, energy governance, natural resource governance and urban governance— where our work is concentrated on six priority issues: climate, energy, food, forests, water, and cities. We work with governments, businesses, and institutions to foster governance decisions that sustain natural resources, alleviate poverty, and improve quality-of-life.


  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans for the Governance Center working with program communications staff and leadership to prioritize high-priority projects and highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts
  • Work with communications and research experts to oversee efficient execution of processes regarding publications and communications activities for the Center
  • Work with the core communications team to implement plans and enhance Governance Center experts’ visibility through online communications, media outreach, internal/external events, and other venues as appropriate
  • Find creative ways to translate Governance Center analysis and policy recommendations into compelling storylines through multimedia online content such as videos, photos, and infographics
  • Work directly with WRI Communications to pitch and inform media stories related to governance
  • Write and edit a variety of internal and external materials such as blog posts, press releases, media advisories, press statements, newsletters, op-eds, and website content
  • Provide editing/writing oversight and support on publications, blogs, and other external materials to ensure clear, compelling, and timely program communications
  • Support governance communications across the global network of offices
  • Work closely with other communications colleagues in other WRI programs and centers on collaborative initiatives across WRI’s matrix

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree required; communications, public relations, or journalism major preferred
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience in communications including media or public relations for a non-profit or private firm
  • Knowledge of governance, international development, climate, energy, or broader environmental issues preferred

Skills & Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communications skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills
  • Understanding of social media and how to use it to impact audiences
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities. Ability to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of discrete communications products
  • Ability to leverage appropriate tools, resources, and personnel to address individual challenges
  • Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, social media, and other specialized communications skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials targeted to diverse external audiences
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, and able to work both within a team and independently
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values; familiarity with environmental and governance issues

Finalists candidates will be required to take a writing test and submit two writing samples.

Location: Washington, DC

This can be either a full-time or part-time position in WRI’s Governance center.

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

About WRI

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—and approach we call “Managing for Results.”

WRI’s work is united by and driven by our values: Innovation, Integrity, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

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