Board Relations Coordinator

Administrative Support Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

As Board Relations Coordinator, you will play a valuable role in supporting the work of our Global Board and in implementing leading-edge organizational governance processes. You will report to and assist the Board Liaison in the planning and execution of Global Board meetings and other Board-related events, as well as help to facilitate Board member participation in WRI's influence strategies, external communications, and fundraising efforts. You will be responsible for maintaining internal governance processes and helping to innovate new systems to maximize our effectiveness. To be successful in this position, you must be process-oriented, self-motivated, highly organized, and skilled at juggling numerous priorities simultaneously. 

WRI is a fast-paced and growing organization with experts and staff around the world. As our global network grows, we are investing in internal governance systems. Your role will span across the Executive Office and Global Development Department teams, working closely with the Board Liaison, General Counsel/Corporate Secretary, the Executive Office, and Vice President for Institutional Strategy & Development.

Job Responsibilities

Governance and Administration

  • Assist the Board Liaison in the preparation and execution of tri-annual Board meetings. This will require working across the Institute to help develop engaging programmatic content, track preparation of meeting materials, review, compile and edit complex meeting packets. The Board Affairs Coordinator will also be responsible for managing Board event logistics, including booking Board member accommodations and travel, researching, securing, and managing vendors for large and small events, processing vendor payments and Board member reimbursements, tracking Board participation, and providing day-of event and meeting support.
  • Support the General Counsel/Corporate Secretary and Board Liaison with overall execution of Board governance through familiarity with WRI’s governing documents and processes, meticulous maintenance of Board and committee records, scheduling and facilitation of regular Board and committee meetings, and administrative support for established Board procedures.  
  • Provide substantive support to the Board’s standing committees and other advisory committees, as needed. This may include assisting the Board Liaison and the Board’s Nominating Committee in maintaining data on Board composition, identifying new Board prospects, and tracking the Committee’s engagement with existing Board prospects.
  • Assist the Board Liaison in onboarding new Board members through the periodic refreshment of Board orientation materials and support for Board orientation sessions.
  • Respond to routine staff requests for Board information in consultation with the Board Liaison and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary.

Board Engagement and Events

  • Support the President’s Board engagement by assisting the Board Liaison in scheduling meetings and calls with Board members, tracking the President’s Board correspondence, preparing briefing materials for Board interactions, and participating in regular briefings to the President on Board engagement.
  • Maintain records of Board interactions, events, and other notable Board-related activities in WRI’s relationship management software.
  • Assume responsibility for coordinating and supporting on-site Board member visits and meetings.
  • Monitor publicly available online news sources to keep the President and others apprised of news and other announcements related to Board member activities.
  • Assist in maintaining and updating Board contact lists, distribution lists, and internal/external WRI online resources.

Research and Writing

  • Draft communications, briefing documents, and other materials in support of Board events.
  • Assist the Board Liaison in drafting notices and other written content regarding Board activities for WRI publications.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two+ years of relevant full-time experience, preferably in executive administrative support
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality
  • Excellent writing skills, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a strong spirit of collaboration 
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Salesforce database is desirable
  • Experience with Board governance and related record-keeping, relationship management, and/or fundraising is a plus
  • Successful candidate will be personally committed to WRI's mission and values. Passion for the environment, sustainability and/or international development is a plus
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity.

How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter and resume. 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, 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 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.