Project Coordinator, Data Lab & Resource Watch

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary:

In this role, you will provide operational, administrative, and programmatic support to ensure the smooth operation of both the Data Lab and Resource Watch teams.

Job Responsibilities:
Shared Responsibilities (60%):

  • Develop and monitor related project and proposal budgets using WRI’S budgeting and forecasting software (TM1)
  • Review and update budgets on a monthly basis and coordinate quarterly financial reviews
  • Provide timesheet guidance to workstream team members on a bi-weekly basis
  • Assist the Operations Manager of the Research, Data and Innovation (RDI) department with fiscal year budget forecasts, project closeout, financial reconciliations, onboarding of new staff and project team labor forecasts
  • Provide operations and finance support: Process invoices and payments for projects in compliance with WRI's policies (subgrants, consultancies, work orders, etc.)
  • Process documentation for project commitments (i.e. agreements, contracts, work authorizations, and purchase orders) and related documents
  • Support the implementation of a sustainable financing strategy for shared services across the institute, like the Resource Watch API. Input fundraising and development activity into Salesforce. Assist in the collection and submission of formal proposals for grants
  • Monitor performance against grant and contract requirements. Ensure that grant reports are submitted in a timely manner
  • Support internal communications, such as writing and editing internal communications, creating PowerPoint presentations, and organizing documents
  • Assist with events, scheduling, and meeting coordination as needed. Otherwise support the smooth operation of the Data Lab and Resource Watch
Data Lab Specific Responsibilities (20%):
  • Provide operations and finance support specifically for WRI’s cloud service providers (e.g., Carto, Google Cloud Platform, Mapbox, and Amazon Web Services)
  • Process requests for Esri product licenses from external partners and issue renewals for continuing partners. Work with technical staff to maintain an updated database for reporting to Esri
  • Manage various program, department and organizational trackers (publications, performance monitoring and others).
Resource Watch Specific Responsibilities (20%):
  • Monitor key evaluation metrics for Resource Watch, including Google Analytics, HotJar, and user story gathering Support internal communications about Resource Watch updates and services, through the drafting and organizing of newsletters, presentations, and webinars
  • When available, pitch and draft ideas for data-driven blogs on the Resource Watch site 
Job Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One+ years of full-time work experience
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized
  • High degree of comfort with software and database tools
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with budgeting and financial management
  • Interest in the use of data to support the environment, sustainability and/or international development
  • U.S. work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI cannot provide visa sponsorship.
How to Apply:

Submission of a cover letter and CV/resume is required. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview

The Data Lab centralizes WRI’s technical expertise, strengthen the quality of data work, improve the management of technical staff, and enhance WRI’s reputation as a leader in harnessing the data revolution for good. The Data Lab serves WRI’s programs, centers, and international offices and will provide a home for technical staff across the organization – including software engineers, software developers, web developers, data engineers, data scientists, and system administrators. Resource Watch is a key initiative within the Data Lab that provides trusted and timely data on sustainable development issues for internal and external stakeholders. Resource Watch is designed as a global public good and is fully free and open from the underlying open-source technology to the data it provides. Sitting at the center of WRI in the Data Lab, Resource Watch enables WRI’s experts to reach new audiences through data visualization and storytelling and identifies new opportunities for data initiatives across the organization. WRI Overview 

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, watersustainable 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 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.  

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.