World Resources Institute (WRI)

Communications Manager (Climate Program)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

Job Description

Grade 5 One-year, limited term position. Extension subject to budget. Job Summary In this role, you will produce outstanding written editorial content that maximizes the impact of our research and initiatives to advance ambitious climate action globally and in key countries. You will shape the overall editorial strategy for the New Climate Economy project, writing and placing op-eds for high-level Champions in major media outlets, the WRI blog and elsewhere. To be successful, you will stay abreast of the latest developments on Climate Change and national economic policies and translate that into key messages to carry forth in op-eds, blogs and other communications products. You will also work collaboratively within the global and in-country teams to elevate new research and relationships. Working closely with our team of communications, engagement and research, you will also be responsible for developing project-level communication strategies, overseeing publication production processes and supporting events. Job Responsibilities Developing & Implementing Communications Strategies (50%)
  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support a diverse range of projects, working with staff and leadership across the world to identify outreach opportunities that highlight WRI research, Analysis, and experts

  • Work with communications, engagement and research experts to oversee efficient execution of existing communications processes regarding publications and communications activities

  • Work with experts to develop compelling concept notes, funding proposals, presentations and messaging about the Climate Program’s research and initiatives

Writing/Editing (40%)
  • Work with experts and high-level Champions to bring complex research findings and national and international policy recommendations into compelling prose

  • Write and edit blog posts, articles, op-eds and speaking remarks for high-level Champions and WRI leadership

  • Keep abreast of major international climate change policy and economic developments and identify opportunities to shape that narrative, including through curating and shaping key message packs

  • Work with team members to transmit a core narrative into other communications products including sharable Social Media assets, factsheets, videos, website content and infographics

Project Management (10%)
  • Work with team members to ensure communications aspects of projects are tracked and reported to partners and funders.

Job Qualifications
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time professional experience in communications, Journalism or similar field

  • Master's degree in related field (or a bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of related work experience)

  • Prior experience drafting articles and managing editorial content

  • Prior experience ghost-writing for high-level champions or executives

  • Demonstrated experience or expertise in writing on economic, climate change, environment, and/or international development issues

  • Understanding of the media landscape

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to collaborate

  • A can-do outlook with a strong affinity to work for a global non-profit organization

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity

How to Apply Please submit a cover letter and two writing samples with resume.Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. Program Overview WRI’s Climate Program works to accelerate the transition to a stronger, more inclusive growth path in order to confront the climate crisis and build back better from the Covid-19 pandemic. With centers in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico, our experts focus on shifting national policies through economic and policy analysis, global diplomacy, data and accountability. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and its flagship project the New Climate Economy (NCE), part of WRI's Climate Program, were set up to help governments, businesses and society to make better-informed decisions on how to achieve economic prosperity and development while also addressing climate change. The Global Commission is made up of 28 former heads of government, former finance ministers, and leaders in the fields of economics and business from around the world. Commissioners guide the NCE work and actively engage with a range of government and business leaders to disseminate the messages widely through the media and high-profile events. 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 inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited Statesas 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.
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