Associate, Public Engagement, New Mobility Initiative

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia


Job Summary

The Public Engagement Coordinator will design and coordinate outreach engagements to shape public opinion to imagine cities where shared and active modes dominate, and not personal cars. The candidate will report to the Senior Management of the New Mobility Initiative and will work closely with the Chair of the Steering Committee, as well as the engagement’s Public Engagement taskforce and partners. WRI headquarters are in Washington, DC, but we are flexible on your work location in the US. This position is funded through March 31, 2020 and will be extended if possible.

Job Responsibilities

The Public Engagement Coordinator’s key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop overall public engagement strategy for the initiative, with support from the Task Force, partners, and advisors of the initiative.
  • Develop outreach program and guide their implementation according to strategic goals.
  • Discover and reach out to relevant local leaders, experts, and institutions that can tap into local artists and culture makers of all kinds (music, art, video, place-making, writing)
  • Design and lead pre- and post-sampling of community opinion exercises
  • Work closely with the Government and Private Sector Coordinators to coordinate and align with efforts.
  • Ensure coordination with research and pilot activities.
  • Facilitate external meetings with range of stakeholders to spur creative thinking and alignment of objectives.
  • Manage and guide external consultants and develop network of advisors/culture makers in the cities focused on by the initiative.
  • Represent the new initiative through direct engagement and interaction with culture makers and other partners.
  • Contribute to significant fundraising efforts.
  • Coordinate across programs at the institute and within the program to contribute to the overall success of WRI Ross Center.

Job Qualifications

  • 3+ years of full-time, relevant work experience
  • Master’s degree or commensurate work experience (additional two+ years) in communications, public engagement, cultural production, with an understanding of urbanization and government operations
  • Strong managerial skills and prior experience in city-scale engagement process
  • Has worked in-depth on at least one of the following topic related to cities: transportation, urban planning, labor, equity, public art
  • Demonstrated ability to create partnerships and collaborations, to work with wide range of stakeholders and see things from multiple perspectives
  • Experience with or has networks that can facilitate access to local artists and culture makers of all kinds (music, art, video, place-making, writing)
  • Experience in designing and executing pre- and post-sampling exercises
  • Proven skill as a collaborator and leading loosely knit coalitions or collaborations among individuals. Easy to work with and instills the trust and confidence of collaborators
  • Experience in managing people and budgets; especially those requiring definite specific deliverables
  • Clear and engaging communications skills
  • Demonstrated appreciation for thoughts from a diversity of voices
  • Experience with platforms or scaling local efforts preferred
  • Professional or personal experience in emerging economies/global south
  • Ability to independently and also within a complexly structured and evolving team
  • Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities
  • Team-oriented thinker and strategist able to effectively respond to complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing organizational constituencies
  • Sense of humor, and enjoys learning
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Enjoys working with a diverse group of talented individuals across the globe

How to Apply

Cover letter and resume/CV are required.
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview - About WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

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 percent 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. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, cutting-edge research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth.

Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively manage their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. 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.

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, manage water risk, encourage effective governance and make the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to new challenges. Aiming to influence 200 cities with unique research and tools, WRI Ross Center focuses on a deep cross-sector approach in selected megacities on two continents, and targeted assistance to additional 50 urban areas, bringing economic, environmental and social benefits to people in cities around the globe.

The purpose of this New Mobility initiative at WRI Ross Center is to channel the tech-driven disruption in the mobility sector to (re)build cities that are sustainable, livable, and just. Urbanization pressures, personal car ownership at its limits, and the closing of the climate stabilization window provide a host of very-focusing problems for all stakeholders. The arrival of Autonomous Vehicles provides a concrete and visible time horizon for action. We have a unique and irreplaceable window of opportunity to re-do cities. We will be considering the impacts and opportunities of shared-use AVs on urban mobility, land use, labor, government revenues and user fees, energy and the environment. We will also be thoughtful about how to engage the public.

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.  

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.