Communications Associate

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

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 six 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 and sustainable cities.

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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

The decisions that national leaders, local officials, developers, and planners make today will determine how billions of people in urban centers will thrive over the next century. Already, half the global population resides in cities. That figure is set to increase to 70 percent by 2050.

Traditional models of city development can lock us into congestion, sprawl, and inefficient resource use. However, compact, connected, and efficient growth can help ensure more competitive cities and provide a better quality of life for citizens. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Cities) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.

WRI Cities builds on WRI’s global and local experience in urban planning and mobility, and uses proven solutions and action-oriented tools to increase building and energy efficiency, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Cities focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.


Under supervision of the WRI Ross Center Senior Manager for Global Communications, you will support efforts to build awareness of and support for the program’s work. As part of the WRI Ross Center Global Communications Team, you will be a member of a network of communicators spread across international offices. Specifically, you will focus on creating high-level content that helps raise awareness of and engagement with the Center’s work among key and new audiences. In additional to writing accessible high-level content about complex topics, you will leverage Center communications by working with the team to develop and implement a media relations strategy. You will also contribute to internal communications efforts by working with staff to ensure the timely exchange of information within the organization.


• Work closely with WRI Ross Center Global Director, Senior Communications Manager and program experts to write and edit high-level content for internal and external blogs, place media stories, online content, thought and leadership pieces and other communications assets.
• Expand WRI Ross Center media coverage; work strategically with Center experts and WRI communications staff; build relationships between Center staff and key journalists; respond to incoming media requests; and pitch stories to media.
• Elevate the profiles of Center experts; conduct spokesperson training for experts.
• Train Center experts on writing principles to improve readability of Center reports, papers, and other technical material.
• Support Center in developing and implementing communications strategies to launch new reports, maps, data, and analysis, which may include messaging, media outreach, blogs, op-eds, and more.
• Coordinate closely with WRI’s Online Communications team to expand the Institute’s online presence by cross-posting blogs, pitching bloggers, and utilizing platforms such as Facebook and Twitter;
• Perform other tasks as needed.


• Graduate degree in communications, journalism, international relations, or related field and at least 3-5 years of experience in creating and implementing communications strategies and high-level content (additional years of experience may be recognized as substitute for graduate degree)
• Comprehensive understanding of communications strategies
• Existing relationships with members of the media and strong media relations skills preferred
• Professional experience at an environmental or scientific organization and understanding of issues related to the environment, sustainability and urban development.


• Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in conversation and in writing
• Strong organizational, coordination, and project management skills
• Ability to work cooperatively with others, to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling assignments, and to be a proactive in planning, researching, and pitching stories
• Ability to brainstorm and think creatively about all elements of communications work
• Strong computer skills, including knowledge of public relations media management software (Vocus, Cision, etc.)
• Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under high pressure.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must apply online at to be 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.