Engagement & Communications Officer, Carbon Removal Team

Communications Washington, District of Columbia


Job Summary

WRI is seeking a savvy Engagement & Communications Officer who can  forge new external partnerships and develop and execute impactful communication strategies in order to stimulate the investment in natural carbon capture and carbon removal.

In this role, you will work alongside the Carbon Removal Senior Associate and the broader team to build and maintain impactful partnerships with NGOs, private companies, state and local governments, and lay the groundwork for joint communications campaigns with these partners. You will also work closely with the Climate Program’s Senior Communications Manager to oversee and implement a broader communication strategy for the WRI US carbon removal portfolio and will be called on to represent the team’s work both internally and externally, including with federal agencies and Congressional offices. You will sit with the Climate Program’s communications team but integrate closely with research staff. You may also be asked to contribute to other projects on a case-by-case basis. Your portfolio may shift overtime as needs arise.

As the ideal candidate for this role, you must be a highly skilled, passionate and innovative professional with a proven-track record of working in partnership with external organizations and navigating the challenges and opportunities posed by such partnerships, as well as crafting communication strategies and successfully executing them. You will need to be a self-starter, set high standards for yourself and consistently bring new ideas to the Carbon Removal team.

Job Responsibilities

External Engagement (60%)

  • Conduct outreach and build and maintain partnerships with external organizations, including NGOs, foundations, industry associations, local governments, private companies, and academia to advance WRI’s carbon removal objectives
  • Lay foundations for new WRI initiatives, including platforms for action on carbon removal by the private sector and by local governments
  • Cultivate compelling champions for carbon removal in the public and private sectors
  • Make connections with external experts to advance WRI’s carbon removal research through partnerships
  • Help to ensure effective coordination between WRI’s carbon removal team and key partners

Communications (40%)

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support the WRI carbon removal team, working with staff and leadership across the Institute to identify opportunities to highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts in the media and in response to proposals for new federal and state policies and initiatives
  • Work with experts to develop compelling concept notes, presentations and a messaging about WRI US's carbon removal work
  • Represent WRI’s research and analysis in conference presentations and in bilateral meetings with policymakers and key stakeholders
  • Work with communications and research experts to oversee efficient execution of existing communications processes regarding publications and communications activities
  • Develop and execute creative ways to translate analysis and policy recommendations into compelling storylines
  • Write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts and other compelling communications that serves to translate technical material for various audiences
  • Oversee publication production processes and manage events and webinars with help from more junior staff
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success, and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time

Job Qualifications

  •  A minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time professional experience in creating and implementing communications strategies and managing external partnerships
  • Master's degree in communications, journalism, international relations, environmental studies, environmental policy, or related field (or Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of work experience)
  • Comprehensive understanding of communications strategies and execution
  • Professional experience on Capitol Hill, advocacy and/or environmental organizations which involved issues related to climate, forestry, and/or agriculture policy in the United States; prior experience with rural stakeholders a plus
  • Critical thinker who can analyze complex and technical content  and data and convey it into easy-to-communicate, knowledgeable insights
  • Excellent communication and writing skills 
  • Strong organizational, coordination, and project management skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others, to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling assignments, and to be proactive in planning, researching, and pitching stories with a strong interest in trying new approaches
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Strong computer skills
  • Flexibility to travel domestically
  • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to sponsor a visa for this opportunity.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. Please include a motivation letter.

Carbon Removal Team Overview

WRI’s Carbon Removal Team is an interdisciplinary and cross-programmatic team that works to scale up investment in carbon removal—both natural carbon capture (e.g., tree restoration and agricultural soil carbon management) as well as technological carbon removal (e.g., direct air capture, carbon mineralization, and enhanced root crops) in the United States. The team is actively supporting policy development and stakeholder engagement efforts at the federal level to unlock investment in carbon removal at the billion-dollar scale. The team also leads WRI’s engagement with the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural & Working Lands Challenge—a coalition of 25 states seeking to enhance American’s farms and forests and carbon sinks. We are also exploring ways to engage both local action and the private sector for carbon removal.

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 (http://www.wri.org) 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.