Corporate Water Stewardship Associate

World Resources Institute (WRI)
The Hague or Washington, DC, Various
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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Job Summary

Reporting to the Corporate Water Stewardship Manager, you will provide research, program development, and communications support to the Aqueduct team, with a particular emphasis on WRI's work with the private sector. You will coordinate our engagement with the private sector on topics related to water risk, disclosure, strategies, and stewardship, including development of thought-leading research to advance collective water sustainability goals working with the private sector, governments, and civil society. You will support private sector fundraising efforts, program development activities, communications, and outreach efforts by leveraging data and research from WRI to build the case for increased private sector engagement in sustainable water resources management.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios.

Job Responsibilities
Research (60%)

  • Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis and research related to corporate water risk, impacts, management, reporting, target setting, stewardship and valuation, for companies, sectors, industries, or countries
  • Research private sector market trends to inform Aqueduct project activities and corporate engagement strategy
  • Support the research, development and pilot testing, and publication of methodologies, standards, and protocols relevant to water resources management in the private sector

Corporate Engagement (40%)

  • Help develop funding proposals and support innovative options for funding and marketing Aqueduct products and engagement opportunities, including Corporate Advisory Services projects
  • Assist in the development of presentations, blogs, webinars, events, and other communications
  • Support the administrative needs and requests of Aqueduct Alliance members and other WRI corporate partners
  • Support and respond to requests from private sector Aqueduct users. 

Job Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant full-time, related work experience
  • Master's degree in business, environmental science, earth systems, engineering, or related (or a bachelor's degree with an additional 2 years of work experience)
  • Corporate sustainability or sustainable investment experience preferred, particularly familiarity of Corporate Water Stewardship initiatives
  • Excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research and writing skills
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative thinking
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office, Excel data analysis, and internet research
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively in fulfilling responsibilities to support the team
  • You must be legally able to work in The Hague or the US. Please indicate on your application which location you are able to do so.

Potential Salary: in US: USD $59,000 - $77,000, in The Hague: 47-59k Euros
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Overview

WRI’s Water Program works with businesses, governments, and civil society to ensure a water-secure future - addressing both water quantity and quality challenges. We do this through several projects and initiatives around the world. We conduct economic and other analyses to identify water-related challenges globally and, we identify solutions—such as restoring ecosystem services—to alleviate stresses on the world’s water supplies.

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.