Communications & Social Media Specialist, Climate

Communications Washington, District of Columbia


Program Overview

There isn’t a silver bullet, or a single pressure point to tackle the climate crisis. It will require an army of actors, a menu of pathways and an array of interventions in the right places. Tailoring approaches to these unique situations is the sweet spot for the Climate Program at World Resources Institute. We help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change.

Job Summary

Effective communications outreach is imperative to delivering on the Climate Program’s efforts. To take our communications to the next level, World Resources Institute is hiring a savvy Communications and Social Media Specialist that can develop and execute impactful communication strategies that extend our influence, media coverage and online presence.

This role will serve a dual function: overseeing the Climate Program’s social media strategy and the communications strategies for a portfolio of projects.

As the Climate Program’s social media lead, you will confer with the Climate Program’s communications team to develop social media content, keep our social media platforms well populated and gather analytics to continuously improve how we engage stakeholders and increase our following. You will also work closely with our Design team to make compelling and shareable visuals.

This position will also be responsible for managing communications outreach for a range of impactful teams on the Climate Program. These may include:

  • WRI United States Climate Initiative, which recently co-authored a series of America’s Pledge reports for Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg unveiled at the Global Climate Action Summit
  • Greenhouse Gas Protocol, which has created the world's most widely used GHG accounting standards by corporations and governments
  • Climate Watch, a powerful online platform that enables users to analyze and visualize global climate data from historical emissions to sustainable development goals; and
  • Power Explorer, a forthcoming online platform that combines extensive data sets and visualizations to enable users to gain insights on the world’s power sector at global, national and individual power plant levels.

Working closely with our team of climate experts and the Climate Program’s Senior Communications Manager, you will be responsible for tailoring communication approaches for maximum impact, helping to draft and edit blog posts, op-eds and newsletters, develop interactive tools and infographics, maintain media relationships, oversee publication production processes and manage events and webinars.

As the ideal candidate for this role, you must be a highly skilled, passionate and innovative professional with a proven-track record in setting communication goals and delivering on them. You should be a self-starter, set high standards for yourself and consistently bring new ideas to the Climate Program’s communications team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support high-priority projects within the Climate Program, working 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 Climate Program informed by methodical analytics and latest best practices
  • 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 a 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 required, advanced degree preferred
  • Two+ years of full-time, relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues
  • 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
  • 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) preferred
  • Experience working in a large US or global organization preferred
  • Existing relationships with influential business, energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets preferred
  • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to sponsor visas for this opportunity.

Skills & Other Qualifications:

  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required); strong oral communications skills required
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting
  • 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
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact.

How to Apply

A cover letter, resume and a writing sample is required. 
Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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 $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ 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.