Project Coordinator II, Climate Resilience Practice

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Program:Governance Center

Location:Washington, District of Columbia

Position Type:Regular full-time

About WRI

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In 2014, WRI was ranked one of the Top Workplaces by the Washington Post. 


WRl’s Climate Resilience Practice (CRP) is seeking a creative, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to support an international team of experts actively engaged in climate change adaptation and resilience.

The Project Coordinator will conduct a variety of tasks related to finance, communications, and administration, such as managing budgets, reporting to donors, processing contract agreements, managing outreach efforts through multiple platforms, guiding the team through internal processes and systems, planning events, and generally helping to coordinate operations for a team matrixed across three different countries (and counting) and several WRI programs and centers.

This is not a research position, but it involves close proximity to dynamic research on climate resilience in the developing world. It is an excellent opportunity for someone who is primarily seeking to gain communications and operations experience but who is also interested in gaining exposure to issues of climate change and international development.

WRI’s Climate Resilience Practice seeks to help developing country governments develop and implement adaptation policies and practices commensurate with the scale and scope of climate change. Our goal is to help national and sub-national decision makers understand the drivers of climate vulnerability in their countries, engage vulnerable people in adaptation efforts, and access the information, tools, and resources they need to take account of climate change in planning and programs. We collaborate extensively with colleagues across WRI and with partner organizations in India and Africa.

CRP was recently established, building from the past work of WRI’s Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative. The practice is expected to grow significantly over the coming years, and to increasingly intersect with work in WRI’s Food, Forests, Water, Climate, and Cities Programs. The practice currently has 7 core staff members based in the US and India. Africa is anticipated to be an area of growth. We also collaborate closely with colleagues in WRI’s Finance and Economics Centers, and increasingly with colleagues at WRI Brasil.


The Project Coordinator’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:

Communications (35%)

  • Guide the implementation of CRP’s dynamic communications strategy, raising the profile of climate resilience across WRI’s various communications platforms.
  • Coordinate and assist with the creation of blog posts, PowerPoint presentations, and other outreach materials highlighting CRP’s issues and activities.
  • Edit writing geared towards external audiences to improve clarity and conciseness.
  • Work with the Governance Communications Coordinator on resilience-related launches, communications strategy, and publications.
  • Manage CRP’s database of 1000+ contacts.
  • Update web content on and affiliated websites.
  • Draft quarterly newsletters and work with the Communications Department to distribute them to the CRP network.
  • Organize external events, workshops, and conferences.
  • Work with the WRI Communications department on blog posts, media outreach, online engagement, and constituent relationship management.

Administration (20%)

  • Manage schedules and arrange meetings, including a weekly CRP team meeting.
  • Provide guidance to the CRP team on a variety of internal systems and processes, especially those related to the Electronic Content Management system (OneWRI).
  • Organize CRP shared files and keep track of key documents.
  • Provide updates on team activities to the Governance Center, the WRI Communications department, and other internal audiences.
  • Plan internal events and workshops.
  • Coordinate recruitment and manage on-boarding of new staff members.
  • Assist with travel arrangements and expense reports.
  • Provide other administrative support to the CRP Director as needed.

Financial Management (20%)

  • Conduct day-to-day administration of project budgets, under the oversight of the Grants and Finance Coordinator II.
  • Monitor monthly expenses and make monthly budget updates in the WRI budgeting software.
  • Work with the Grants and Finance Coordinator II to update the CRP Director and project teams about project budgets on at least a quarterly basis.
  • Assist project team in project closeout process, including financial reconciliation and reporting.

Grants & Contracts Management (15%)

  • Administer project grants with oversight from Grants and Finance Coordinator II including: ensuring compliance with funder rules and regulations, meeting funder reporting deadlines.
  • Create and maintain contract agreements with partners, including: processing payments, and amending agreements when necessary.

Fundraising (10%)

  • Draft budgets for grant proposals and coordinate internal record-keeping on proposals.
  • Assist in creating fundraising strategies and developing concept notes.
  • Work with the CRP team and WRI’s Development Department to identify strategic funding opportunities.

Given the dynamic nature of work at WRI and this particular position, a variety of other reasonable duties may be assigned as they arise.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (preferably in management, public administration, international development, environmental sciences, communications, or a related field).
  • Minimum 1-2 years of relevant full time work experience required.
  • Creative, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual with a strong interest in program administration/coordination/communications.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Strong quantitative reasoning abilities.
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (proficiency in Microsoft Excel is required), web-based communications, and internet research.
  • Self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission statement.
  • Flexibility, breadth of interests, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for financial management (prior experience with Cognos/TM1 and a non-profit background.
  • Experience with database management (familiarity with Salesforce).
  • International experience and proficiency in multiple languages, such as French or Spanish.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing/analytical test.

Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.

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

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.

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