Communications Specialist, Governance

World Resources Institute - Washington, DC (30+ days ago)4.1

Program Overview

Many poor and marginalized communities around the world grapple with environmental injustices that could have been prevented if they’d had the information, power and voice to shape the decisions that impact their lives. WRI’s Governance Center promotes transparent, effective and accountable governance to ensure that development benefits both people and the planet. Focusing on climate resilience, energy governance, environmental democracy and natural resource governance, the Center’s experts work with communities, civil society organizations and governments to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.

Job Summary

WRI seeks a Communications Specialist to help lead communications for WRI’s Governance Center. The Specialist will work with the Center’s experts and partners to develop and execute high-impact outreach strategies, distilling technical research into compelling, actionable messages to influence key decision-makers. The Specialist will also manage the Center’s ad hoc and rapid-response communications, coordinating media outreach, drafting blogs and editorial content, managing the Center’s social media platforms and digital presence on, hosting events and more. The Specialist will report to the Global Director of the Governance Center, work closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and collaborate with a global network of communications professionals embedded across the Institute, especially those in our WRI India, WRI Brasil and WRI Indonesia offices.

Job Responsibilities

Develop and execute strategic communications plans for high-priority projects within the Governance Center, working with staff and leadership across the Institute to identify outreach opportunities and increase the visibility of WRI research, analysis and experts across target audiences.
Distill technical research, analysis, data and policy recommendations into compelling messages that resonate with leaders in government, civil society, the private sector and other key audiences.
Work with WRI’s Core Communications team to pitch stories to reporters and respond to media inquiries related to environmental governance; work proactively to channel the Center’s activities and knowledge products to media outlets to achieve real-world outcomes.
Write and edit a wide range of internal and external communications materials, including but not limited to blog posts, op-eds, press releases, media advisories, press statements, newsletters, e-blasts, website content and presentations.
Manage online engagement for the Governance Center, overseeing websites, email marketing and social media channels to connect with audiences and build effective partnerships for change.
Develop and execute creative ways to translate the Governance Center’s analysis into compelling storylines and multimedia content, such as videos, infographics, data visualizations and photographs.
Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success; adopt new strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time.
Coordinate and promote internal and external events, including a seminar series, to increase the Center’s visibility as a thought leader on environmental governance.
Collaborate with research staff and communications professionals across WRI’s programs, centers and international offices to support projects as well as identify opportunities for more impactful partnership across the Institute.
Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field required (e.g. international relations, development or environmental studies). Master’s degree preferred
2+ years of full-time, professional experience working in communications, with a salient link to international sustainable development, environmental governance or broader environmental issues
Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies and audience targeting
Articulate, versatile and highly skilled writer with professional writing experience
Experience with communications planning, publishing stories in professional media outlets or blogs, publications development, marketing, social media and other specialized communications skills – preferably in a non-profit setting
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices and partners
Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills
Proven ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high-quality work products
Proven ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences
Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values
Experience working with reporters or members of the media preferred
International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred
Applicants must have US work authorization. WRI is unable to sponsor visas for this job opportunity.
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 Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico 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.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter with 2-3 writing samples attached.

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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.