Communications Specialist II, Core Communications
World Resources Institute (WRI)
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Job Summary

As a member of the Core Communications team, you will primarily support the outreach efforts of WRI’s Programs and Centers (about 75% of your time). You will be responsible for a broad range of communications efforts with an emphasis on writing and editing communication materials including blogs posts and op-eds, as well as supporting messaging, social media, media pitching, event/webinar management and more. To be successful in this role, you must first-and-foremost be a strong writer and editor, with the ability to quickly find and understand information about new topics. We envision that you will also be an enthusiastic creative thinker who is organized and detail-oriented with a good sense of the latest communication trends and an interest in continued learning.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, two-year limited term position with potential to be extended.

Job Responsibilities

  • Write and edit blogs, op-eds, talking points and other communication materials. This includes editing researcher-written articles for WRI’s flagship Insights blog
  • Draft media pitches and press releases, and build media distributions using Cision
  • Develop social media strategies and post content on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Draft and edit internal and external emails and newsletters; research contact lists from WRI’s database
  • Support planning and logistics for internal and external events and webinars, including the design of events, speaker prep, set-up, break-down and related
  • Support communications for WRI senior staff and leadership, including outreach related to media, writing, editing, presentations, and more
  • Design and edit Powerpoint presentations and other content
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the Communications team.
Job Qualifications
  • Minimum two years of professional work experience in communications
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in journalism, public relations, communications, international relations, public policy, environmental studies or related field
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including comfort reading and translating technical research for mass audiences
  • Working knowledge of the media landscape and ability to conduct media research and outreach
  • Understanding of social media and design skills are highly desirable
  • Interest in and commitment to environment and international development issues
  • Highly motivated, creative and proactive work style
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Interest and ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Potential Salary
$53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply

Please provide a cover letter with resume. Writing samples may be requested as we advance in the interview process. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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.

WRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

About WRI

The World Resources Institute is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982. WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We focus on seven urgent global challenges that must be addressed to reduce poverty, grow economies and protect natural systems:

  1. Climate: Protect communities and natural ecosystems from damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and generate opportunities for people by catalyzing a global transition to a low-carbon economy.
  2. Energy: Drive the scale-up of clean, affordable power systems throughout the world to deliver sustainable socio-economic development.
  3. Food: Ensure the world’s food systems reduce their impact on the environment, drive economic opportunity, and sustainably feed 9.6 billion people by 2050.
  4. Forests: Alleviate poverty, enhance food security, conserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change by reducing forest loss and restoring productivity to degraded, deforested lands.
  5. Water: Achieve a water-secure future by mapping, measuring, and mitigating global water risks.
  6. Sustainable Cities: Improve quality of life in cities by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban and transport solutions.
  7. The Ocean: We are charting the path for a New Ocean Economy that is good for jobs, economic growth and human health -- while protecting and restoring the ocean.