Senior Editor

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

About WRI

World Resources Institute is a global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our 500 experts and staff work with partners in more than 50 countries; we have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

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 an outstanding Senior Editor to support effective execution of quality assurances processes for the Institute’s research publications and other knowledge products. The successful candidate will assess proposed publications, determine the level of editorial support required, and assign and manage free-lance editors in order to help ensure quality, accuracy, institutional coherence, and a lack of bias in our research outputs. As time permits, the Senior Editor will sometimes provide editorial services directly for high-profile publications.

The Senior Editor will serve as a core member of WRI’s Science and Research team, which is responsible for quality assurance of research products arising from six programs (Food, Forests, Water, Climate, Energy, and Cities) and four centers of excellence (Business, Governance, Finance, and Economics). We measure our success in the quality of our research and in its ability to drive real-world change. In support of this goal, the Senior Editor will help to ensure that WRI research outputs are fit for purpose, audience-appropriate, and impactful.

The successful candidate will have excellent editorial judgement, editing skills, and writing skills, and a proven ability to quickly grasp and communicate complex ideas on a wide variety of issues in order to reach diverse audiences including government officials, businesses, academics, and NGOs. S/he will also possess the skills and desire to coach staff in structuring and writing well-presented publications. Additional necessary traits include good organizational skills, creativity, self-motivation, attention to detail, flexibility, and a sense of humor.


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

Editorial review and substantive editing of WRI’s knowledge products (70% of time required).

  • Review WRI knowledge products and determine the level of editorial support required.
  • Manage free-lance editors who provide substantive and copy edit services to WRI, including maintaining a list of approved editors, setting clear editorial standards, and serving as a liaison between authors and editors.
  • Provide substantive edits on WRI’s high-profile publications. Review text and graphics for logic, clarity, consistency, style, tone, and overall readability. Eliminate jargon, passive voice, and superfluous content.
  • Provide constructive comments to improve publication plans and publication drafts.

Knowledge Resource & Support (20% of time required)

  • Serve as a resource for hiring managers across the Institute in designing writing tests for new hires and assessing responses.
  • Provide support to WRI’s international offices to establish professional editing services in their own offices.
  • Contribute to the S&R team’s efforts to foster a culture of excellence in research, including the design and operation of efficient and effective review processes.
  • Provide writing/editorial support on articles, blog posts, speeches, proposals, strategies, and other materials for the Vice President of Science and Research.

Writing training (10% of time required)

  • Provide coaching and mentoring support, including staff training sessions in effective writing, for staff colleagues in both the D.C. and international offices.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree required, Masters degree strongly preferred, in English, Journalism, Communications or another writing intensive discipline, or a discipline closely associated with WRI’s mission.
  • 5-7 years of full-time experience in environmental or international development editing and writing.
  • Experience communicating with business, policy, technical, and international audiences is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Proven track record of published materials.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and understanding of how to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to mentor staff to help improve their writing abilities.
  • Ability to work flexibly, quickly, and under tight deadlines, while providing constructive and patient feedback to authors.
  • Interest in environmental and international development issues, and support for WRI’s core mission and values.
  • Proficiency in Spanish/Portuguese/Chinese/Bahasa Indonesia is a plus.

Applicants must submit a cover letter.
Additional writing samples will be required.
Final candidates will take a writing and editing test.

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.

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
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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—an approach we call “Managing for Results.”

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