Digital Communications and Events Specialist, Global Energy

Communications & Engagement Washington, DC, United States

This position can be based in the WRI US office (DC) or can be fully remote where WRI is state registered with preference to EST time zone. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission for the position. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for this role.

About the Program:


WRI’s Energy Program collaborates with policymakers, cities, companies, utilities, regulators and development institutions to secure a clean energy future for everyone. We facilitate partnerships to help cities and corporations purchase renewable power at scale to unlock economic opportunities. Our tools and analysis track communities most in need of electricity and identify places where clean energy is the most affordable and reliable solution. We also provide expertise on electric vehicle deployment and help city leaders around the world improve the efficiency of their buildings, a major source of emissions. 


Job Highlight:


The Digital Communications and Events Specialist will work to build awareness of and support for our work as a leader in the global clean energy transition. Broadly, you will work with WRI Energy’s communications team and program staff to build a strategy around social media, email and digital marketing. Day-to-day, the bulk of your work will include managing social media feeds, drafting and sending email communications, and promoting and supporting events.


You will be supported by the Global Communications Manager, communications staff throughout the Energy Program’s global network (U.S., Africa, India, Europe and China), Energy Program staff and WRI’s core communications team.


You will report to the Energy Program’s Communications Manager.


What you will do:

Social Media (30% time)

  • You will develop and execute a social media strategy for the Global Energy Program informed by methodical analytics and latest best practices.
  • You will manage the @WRIEnergy Twitter account and support Global Energy leadership’s Twitter presence using Hootsuite.
  • You will draft social posts and digital communications plans for WRI Energy research for platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Email Marketing (30% time)

Webinars and Events (20% time)

  • You will support promotion, production and logistical support for WRI Energy webinars (1-2 per month on average, but frequency varies).
  • You will occasionally provide logistical and A/V support for in-person and hybrid events.
  • You will support the Energy team’s communications priorities throughout keynote events such as the UNFCCC Conference of Parties, NYC Climate Week, the Clean Energy Ministerial, SEforALL Forum and more.

Miscellaneous Communications Needs and Administrative Support (20% time)

  • You will regularly track and evaluate metrics of success for WRI Energy’s digital communications.
  • You will occasionally support other communications activities as needed, such as maintaining the Energy Program’s web presence on, media relations and editorial.
  • You will provide administrative support as needed, such as coordinating between teams and drafting internal memos.


What you will need:

  • Education: You have a completed Bachelors degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing or related fields.  
  • Experience: You have a minimum of 3+ years full-time relevant work experience in digital marketing, science communications or related fields. Professional experience with social media platforms like Twitter, Hootsuite, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram strongly preferred. Experience with Pardot/Salesforce, Google Analytics and/or Zoom webinars a plus.
  • Languages: You have written and verbal proficiency in English.
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization.

Potential Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of October 31, 2022. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us: Founded in 1982, 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. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 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.  

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.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.


Our culture: 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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.