Communications Coordinator (Water Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

About WRI

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in the Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States. Our more than 600 experts and staff 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 is consistently ranked as the top global Think Tank working on environmental issues. In January 2016, WRI was again named the #1 environmental think tank in the world in a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania’s ‘2015 Global Go To Think Tanks index’.


The World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks a Communications Coordinator to support WRI’s Water Program’s mission by developing and implementing communications strategies, and supporting multiple communications channels, such as blogging, media relations, web presence, and events. The Communications Coordinator will work closely with the Water program team to communicate the Water Program’s powerful data, tools and analysis. The position will report to the Water Program’s Global Director, and work closely with WRI’s Communications team.

WRI’s Water Program works with governments, businesses and communities around the world to help them prepare for the challenges ahead and achieve a more secure and sustain­able water future. Aqueduct™, the Water Program’s signature initiative, is an open-access online database and suite of applications to quantify, aggregate and map the physical, regulatory and socio-economic components of water risks. Aqueduct seeks to solidify its role as the global standard for measuring and reporting geographic water risks (scarcity, quality, and watershed degradation). We also seek to present more compelling economic analysis and solutions to decision-makers, and use communications to move beyond the business as usual of unsustainable water resource management. The Coordinator will support and help to better articulate an integrated vision for three WRI core water projects: Aqueduct, Natural Infrastructure for Water, and Water Quality, as well as as-needed support for water-related work in WRI China, WRI India, and other international water work. For more information please visit


  • Develop, support, and implement communications strategies for Water Program initiatives.
  • Work closely with Water Program experts to write and edit compelling blogs about WRI’s water data, research and analysis, and connecting it to relevant topics in the news.
  • Manage media relations for the Water Program, including responding to media inquiries, writing press advisories and statements, sending media distributions, developing messaging, coaching staff and arranging media interviews, and distributing media clips. Will work closely with WRI’s Communications team.
  • Work with program experts and the Communications team to distill compelling messages.
  • Use social media proactively and innovatively to promote WRI’s research and data. Collaborate with WRI Communications team on institutional social media.
  • Develop ideas for multimedia pieces including infographics, charts, slideshows, podcasts and videos, and support their design and promotion.
  • Oversee the Water Program’s web pages, webinars and event pages; support management of user requests for Water Program online tools.
  • Send regular email newsletter to Aqueduct mailing list as lead content writer and design newsletters in content management system, Pardot.
  • Manage Water Program contacts and email lists for events and newsletters using Salesforce.
  • Manage event logistics for publication launches, product launches, network meetings and other events.
  • Work with WRI’s Science & Research and Communications teams to oversee report development and production processes.
  • Support development of presentations for senior leadership: research and compose compelling messages and talking points; design presentations and graphics for presentation at events. Longer-term potential to present at external-facing events.
  • Develop and edit marketing and fundraising materials, including proposals, presentations, and funder updates.
  • Support staff to build their skills, maximize their reach, and backfill duties when necessary.
  • Lead coordination with WRI’s Communications team on media relations, social media, graphic design, event coordination, and budgeting of central communications staff.
  • Respond to institutional requests for Water Program materials, including forward-looking management team memos, external relations reports, and donor reports.
  • Provide general administrative support, such as scheduling, event logistics, and other responsibilities as needed.

Occasional travel may be required

Other duties may be assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree (communications, public relations, or journalism preferred);
  • Minimum of 1-2 years full time overall experience in communications, with a strong preference for formal experience in media and public relations for a private firm or non-profit;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in global water issues and policy;
  • Experience working with a constituent relationship management (CRM) system preferred (either Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce);
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred;
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong written and oral communications skills;
  • Articulate, versatile, highly skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional clips or writing samples preferred);
  • Demonstrated experience managing and updating online content and visual materials, such as websites and social media;
  • 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 and partners;
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the environment or international development desirable;
  • Strong online research and computer 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;
  • Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Adobe Photoshop are desirable;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Relocation reimbursement not available for this position.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

How to Apply

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.

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