Communications Coordinator, Resource Watch

Communications Washington, District of Columbia


Program Overview

Resource Watch is a dynamic new platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. Resource Watch monitors and visualizes geospatial data on Earth’s resources to foster sustainable decision-making.

Bringing together satellite data, artificial intelligence, mobile technology and empowered global users, this open data platform allows real-time monitoring of Earth to generate actionable information for leaders and those who influence them. In addition to monitoring, Resource Watch tells data-driven stories that allow readers to make sense of what’s happening on the planet right now. Resource Watch builds on WRI’s success creating leading monitoring platforms, including Global Forest Watch, Aqueduct Water Risk Analyzer, Climate Watch, LandMark, and more.

Job Summary

The World Resources Institute seeks a Communications Coordinator eager to expand the reach and impact of Resource Watch, a dynamic new platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. The Communications Coordinator will implement a strategic communications plan that enhances visibility of Resource Watch through online communications, media outreach, and events. Communications skills and relevant experience are essential, with a focus on social media content and graphics, newsletters, presentations, event support, and traditional media.

The ideal candidate will be a creative thinker and strong writer, with excellent organizational and social media skills, who is excited to share Resource Watch with a growing user community. As part of a small team, you will work closely with WRI experts, our Data Journalist, the Vice President of Science and Research, and the Core Communications team to produce compelling digital content and support the Resource Watch team. To do this effectively, you will need to use the Resource Watch platform daily, mining our more than 200 data sets for data-driven stories, so an interest in geospatial data is preferred. Additionally, you will work with partners around the globe to promote data-driven initiatives and reach new audiences.

The Communications Coordinator will support critical internal work streams for the Resource Watch team, including meeting coordination, a global Road Show of events, presentations, and proposal writing.

Job Responsibilities

External Communications (50%)

  • Implement an effective communications strategy for Resource Watch that combines social media, online communications, media outreach and events
  • Manage the Resource Watch social media presence, tone, and voice with an emphasis on generating compelling content and growing the user community
  • Compile and write the monthly Resource Watch Newsletter
  • Write and edit blogs, website content, brochures, graphics and other materials
  • Pitch Resource Watch content to media and track relevant news stories
  • Coordinate the rolling Resource Watch Roadshow by assisting with event planning, webinars, presentations, and conference submissions

Internal Communications (50%)

  • Coordinate and lead weekly Resource Watch meetings
  • Prepare PPT presentations, proposals, and other content
  • Assist in partner management and coordination
  • Manage, maintain and enhance master communications materials
  • Support training on the Resource Watch platform
  • Liaise with the Core communications team, program communication teams, and the WRI Editorial Board

Job Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree preferably in communications, journalism, public policy, environmental studies and/or science
  • One+ years of full-time, relevant professional experience
  • Excellent writing skills, with the ability to distill complex concepts into compelling prose
  • Demonstrated experience managing a social media account for an organization or brand
  • Ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work both in a team and independently
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands
  • Background or interest in geospatial data preferred
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values; familiarity with environment and development issues
  • Interest in data and its role in solving environment and development challenges

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.  

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

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.