Communications Coordinator (Resource Watch)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

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


At WRI, Resource Watch champions the future of open data. We believe in the power of free and accessible information to make lasting change. Resource Watch will be the first global, open platform for environmental data to inform civil society, business, and government.

But information is only useful when made accessible and relatable to people.

As our Communications Coordinator, you will be responsible for expanding the reach and impact of Resource Watch through communications and influence strategies. You will support Resource Watch capture new audiences through media outreach and the development of innovative campaigns. You will be on the front lines of the data revolution, and guide interaction with target audiences to drive change.

As a member of a small team, you will work closely with our experts, core communications team, and our Digital Storyteller to launch Resource Watch and ensure its success. Additionally, you will also work with partners around the globe to produce and disseminate meaningful and impactful narratives.

WRI is committed to advancing gender equity across our program portfolios and influencing peers and partners in the sectors in which we work. As such, you will support attention to gender in all products, where relevant.


  • Work with the Resource Watch Digital Storyteller and WRI’s core communications team to implement strategic plans and enhance visibility through online communications, media outreach, and events.
  • Manage the Resource Watch social media presence, tone and voice.
  • Coordinate the launch of Resource Watch and assist in the planning and preparation of events.
  • Assist in soliciting and producing blogs and data visualizations for Resource Watch.
  • Pitch and track media stories related to Resource Watch.
  • Write and edit internal and external materials, such as blogs, proposals, newsletters, internal documents, and website content.
  • Assist in partner management and coordination.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentations and graphics or other content.


Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree and 1-2 years full time relevant professional experience.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to distill complex concepts into compelling prose.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a social media account for an organization or brand.
  • Ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of discrete communications products.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work both in a team and independently.
  • Detail-oriented, and highly organized.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands.
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values; familiarity with environment and development issues.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for data and its role in environment and development planning.

 Relocation reimbursement not available for this position.  

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.