Communications Coordinator, Energy Program

Communications & Engagement Washington, DC, United States

Job Summary:

World Resources Institute seeks a Communications Coordinator that can develop and execute impactful communication strategies that extend our influence, media coverage and online presence. You will work closely with our team of experts and the Energy Program’s Communications Manager. In this position, you will be responsible for tailoring communication approaches for maximum impact, helping to develop communications strategies, draft and edit blog posts, op-eds and newsletters, create interactive tools and infographics, maintain media relationships, oversee publication production processes and manage events and webinars. You will also be responsible for assisting with communications outreach for a range of impactful teams on the Energy Program.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support high-priority projects within the Energy Program
  • Work with staff and leadership across the Institute to identify outreach opportunities and highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts in the media
  • Develop and execute a social media strategy for the Energy Program informed by methodical analytics and latest best practices
  • Lead communications for WRI’s US-based energy work, including developing strategies, leading on launches, and more
  • Work with communications and research experts to oversee efficient execution of existing communications processes regarding publications and communications activities
  • Work with WRI's Department of Communications to enhance WRI's visibility through online communications, media outreach, internal/external events, and other venues as appropriate
  • Coordinate with research staff across WRI's programs, centers and international offices to support global projects as well as identify opportunities for more impactful collaboration across teams
  • Work with experts to develop compelling concept notes, presentations and messaging about WRI's analysis and initiatives
  • Develop and execute creative ways to translate analysis and policy recommendations into compelling storylines, including through multimedia online content, such as videos, photos, and infographics
  • Pitch stories and respond to media inquiries related to climate change and related topics, and work proactively to channel WRI activities and knowledge products to key media outlets to achieve real-world outcomes
  • Write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, e-blasts and other compelling communications that serves to translate technical material for various audiences
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success, and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field, relevant work experience in lieu of degree is accepted
  • Minimal of 2 years of full-time, relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues
  • Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, and other specialized communications skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts)
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting
  • Experience overseeing institutional social media platforms and regularly tracking analytics to inform social media outreach strategies
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills ; Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • Strong oral communications skills required
  • US work authorization is required for this position


  •  Experience working in a large US or global organization
  • Existing relationships with influential energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets
  • Skills & Other Qualifications: Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required);

Potential Salary:

$46,700 - $60,700 if based in United States. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must
apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Overview:

Our Global Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and change institutions. Our more than 30 experts focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy access with active work in China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, the United States, the Philippines, and Vietnam. We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects, and programs that accelerate and deliver change on the ground. We work for a future where all people have access to affordable, reliable clean energy.

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 in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United 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.