Coordinator, Corporate Relations

Development Washington, DC, United States

Job Summary:

The Corporate Relations team plays a unique and impactful role at WRI, and the Program Coordinator is at the center of the action.  Every day, WRI’s global constellation of programs and offices works with dozens of Fortune 500s companies on a wide range of topics, from climate change to deforestation to protecting the oceans.  The Corporate Relations team specializes in crafting impact-focused partnerships with leading companies to hasten progress across the sustainability agenda.  If you are excited about the prospect of being at the cutting edge of WRI’s work with the private sector we’d like to hear from you! As a core part of the  Corporate Relations team you will help accelerate WRI’s impact by engaging the private sector to scale solutions to our shared global challenges.   

 We’re looking for a highly motivated person to play a critical role in helping WRI strengthen corporate partnerships through a range of responsibilities including research, analysis and administrative support.       This is an excellent opportunity for a creative and results-oriented individual with a passion for corporate sustainability to work across WRI’s global constellation of programs and offices. The successful candidate for this position will be comfortable working on multiple projects and deadlines that require the ability to juggle multiple priorities. Additionally, being a great writer, detail-oriented, very well-organized and possessing excellent interpersonal skills are critical.  

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

Job Responsibilities:

Institutional Due Diligence: (40%)

  • Inform WRI’s corporate engagement strategy by spearheading the institutional due diligence process for prospective corporate donors by: 
      • Identifying potential risks and related mitigation measures related to new corporate partnerships; 
      • Liaising across WRI Programs, Centers and International Offices to collect relevant inputs;  
      • Analyzing results and providing key findings and recommendations to inform a range of WRI decisions and strategies;  
      • Leading the continual process improvement of WRI’s corporate partnership due diligence process 

    Maximizing Corporate Partnerships: (35%)

    • Monitor and map WRI’s ever-evolving suite of corporate partnerships to ensure strategic partnerships across companies and WRI teams; identify points of intersection with WRI objectives and work plan as needed 
    • Track all corporate revenue by utilizing Salesforce reports and dashboards, support cash reconciliation, and manage award acknowledgement process for WRI’s corporate donors 
    • Support Relationship Managers with ad hoc research on corporate donor and engagement strategies 
    • Develop and maintain familiarity with WRI Programs (including delivery platforms), Centers, and International Offices 
    • Develop and maintain familiarity with corporate sustainability trends 
    • Enter, update, and track outreach to corporate partners in Salesforce (WRI’s relationship management software) to ensure coordinated donor outreach 
    • Support development and maintenance of corporate partner relationship briefing documents and presentations to inform WRI’s executive leadership team  

    Operational Support: (25%)

    • Coordinate with various WRI Programs and International Offices to manage a cadence of regular internal meetings to inform corporate partnership strategies 
    • Centrally manage grants and contracts-associated tasks, such as the collection of due diligence documentation and award submission and review 
    • Provide general administrative support for the Corporate Relations team, i.e., scheduling internal and external meetings, note-taking and organizing meeting follow-ups, ordering supplies, arranging travel, preparing/submitting expense reports, processing invoices, and other administrative tasks as needed 
    • Maintain a working knowledge of organizational policies, procedures, and guidelines to support the Corporate Relations day-to-day operations with guidance from the Development Operations Manager 

    Job Qualifications:

    • A minimum of 3 years of relevant, full-time professional experience (experience in corporate sustainability or NGO fundraising is a plus) 
    • Bachelor’s degree required with preference in environmental studies or related field; Master’s degree preferred  
    • Eager to learn and passion for sustainability is a must 
    • Experience with, or knowledge of relationship management software (ie: Salesforce, BBCRM) is a plus 
    • Excellent communication and writing skills  
    • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and strong attention to detail  
    • Ability to work under high pressure 
    • Strong computer skills 
    • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to sponsor a visa for this opportunity. 

    Potential Salary:
    $53,000 - $68,000. 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:

    The Corporate Relations team focuses on crafting impact-focused partnerships that hasten progress on WRI’s mission and help Fortune 500s accelerate their sustainability journeys.   In this capacity, the team works collaboratively across the Institute to amplify and scale outcomes with the private sector as a trusted thought partner. While WRI’s corporate ecosystem is vast, the CR team most directly supports a network of ~50 companies/corporate foundations that annually generates $1.1M in unrestricted funds and ~$25M in programmatic support. 

     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 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 nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,600 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia 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.