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Communications & Engagement Specialist, WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities
World Resources Institute (WRI)
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Job Summary

The WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities ( (‘the Prize’) is a global competition supported by Stephen M. Ross to celebrate transformative projects that have ignited citywide change. The inaugural 2018-2019 Prize was awarded in April 2019 following a multi-round evaluation by WRI’s experts and deliberation by a Jury of high-profile leaders in urban affairs. Our vision for the Prize is that it becomes the premier urban award for celebrating, learning, and spreading big ideas about how cities can change for the better. Through the Prize and related activities, we hope to grow a global network of urban change-makers.

In this role, you will play an integral role in the core Prize team to support the development and implementation of comprehensive, high-impact communications and engagement activities that support the milestones in each cycle and help drive cycle-to-cycle engagements of key target groups to realize the longer-term vision of the Prize. This will involve applying experience and skills in designing and delivering a range of communications and engagement activities, including high-impact communications assets as part of tailored approaches for different target audiences.

The position reports to the Global Lead for the Prize and works closely with the WRI Ross Center’s Communications and Strategy and Partnerships teams, which will provide additional support and guidance.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 and can be based in any of our offices worldwide once restrictions are lifted.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and drive implementation of a communications and engagement strategy for the Prize, in partnership with the core development and communications teams, and the Ross Center communications and partnerships teams
  • Develop and oversee/ manage the Prize’s major communications and engagement assets, including CRM, website, social media, email marketing, brand and messaging, videos, celebration and learning events, and blog series at specific Prize milestones and throughout the Prize cycle
  • Write, edit and manage internal and external communications about the Prize, including blogs, press releases, slide presentations, newsletters, email campaigns, messaging, brochures, op-eds, infographics, web content, social media, and more; and managing translation in non-English languages
  • Develop and implement communication and engagement activities to drive submissions to the Prize that are high quality and geographically diverse and elevate past and present winners and finalists
  • Develop and implement tailored approaches and an engagement calendar for target stakeholder groups, including Jurors, Advisory Council, finalists, and other experts and potential partners of the Prize within and beyond the WRI Ross Center’s annual calendar of international convenings
  • Identify opportunities for elevating the Prize at major global and urban-focused events, including development of the concept and identifying and securing speakers
  • Help build a community of change makers, working closely with the Global Lead, and the Cities’ Communications and Strategy and Partnerships teams to define the vision and goals for such a group
  • Lead management of vendors for the Prize’s various communication needs, including for digital, video, brand and design, social media and analytics
  • Develop, track, and analyze performance metrics for tracking the communications activities (web traffic, blog and social media) and community engagement
  • As a core member of the team, contribute to strategy development and performance tracking, participate in weekly team meetings and provide updates on key activities
Job Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a relevant field is required. Relevant fields include communications, journalism, environmental studies, history, political science, sociology, anthropology and other fields or a Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of expereince
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience
  • Experience creating and implementing engagement / advocacy / communications strategies
  • Experience in maintaining a strong and healthy external database of networks with information on key decision makers’ interests and preferences
  • Experience with analyzing digital ecosystems, social media analytics, and analyzing online conversations to create a benchmark, track progress and performance of knowledge communities
  • Experience in preparing written materials in strong, polished prose with a clear sense of the needs of diverse audiences, including for blog platforms
  • Proven skill as a collaborator and leading loosely knit coalitions or collaborations among individuals
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and efficient
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of urbanization and sustainable city issues is preferred
  • Ability to brainstorm and think creatively about all elements of communications work
  • Strong managerial skills and prior experience in designing and implementing stakeholder outreach and management approaches
  • Command of another language, such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Chinese would be advantageous but is not crucial
Potential Salary:
$59,000 - $77,000 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
Cover letter and CV are required. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

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% 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. The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity for all while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. WRI Ross Center 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, improve accessibility and livability, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. 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. The program focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected cities and targeted assistance to hundreds of other urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

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.
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