Administrative Coordinator (Water Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Washington, DC, US

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 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 AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

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. 

Job Summary

In this position, you will provide administrative support to the Water Program and the Office of Science & Research. You will oversee schedules, and prepare external and internal meetings for the Vice President for Science & Research (VPSR) and Water Program Director, and update fundraising and communications information in WRI databases such as Salesforce. In addition, you will have the opportunity to contribute to special projects as needed related to the Water Program and Office of Science & Research.

We require outstanding organizational, communication and interpersonal skills necessary to perform in a high-volume environment. You must be self-motivated, results-oriented, have strong attention to detail, and have steadfast commitment to environment and development issues to contribute meaningfully to advancing our mission. The position is based in in Washington, DC. and will report to the Water Program Director the Vice President for Science & Research.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage schedules, travel, expenses; organize agendas and execute day-to-day meetings with WRI staff and external guests, as well as large meetings and special events.
  • Attend meetings held by the Water Program Director and Vice President for Science & research as assigned to record and track decisions and actions.
  • Assist in preparing presentations and collect background materials for meetings and conferences, including travel and logistical support
  • Organize and prepare input for internal communications, such as weekly events (“Looking Ahead”), and monthly team meetings
  • Organize and input fundraising cultivation information and input into WRI Salesforce database. Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, with preference for degrees in public policy, economics, political science, environmental studies or related field
  • 1+ years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced environment and to handle multiple assignments with little supervision; excellent time management skills and demonstrated initiative and follow-through
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Friendly, positive demeanor, sense of humor, and determined attitude
  • Enthusiasm for working with staff and guests at all levels
  • Demonstrated passion for WRI’s mission

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal 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.