Communications Specialist II, Governance Center

Communications Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

In this role, you will help lead communications for WRI’s Governance Center, reporting to the Global Director of Poverty and Governance. You will work with our experts and partners to develop and execute high-impact outreach strategies and distill technical research into compelling, actionable messages to influence key decision-makers. You will also manage ad hoc and rapid-response communications, coordinate media outreach, draft blogs and editorial content, manage our social media platforms and digital presence on, organize events and more. You will work closely with WRI’s Core Communications team, a part-time Communications Specialist and collaborate with a global network of communications professionals embedded across the Institute.

Job Responsibilities

Communications Strategy & Development (60%)

  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans for high-priority projects within the Governance Center, working with staff and leadership across the Institute to identify outreach opportunities and increase the visibility of WRI research, analysis and experts across target audiences
  • Develop and execute creative ways to translate the Governance Center’s analysis into compelling storylines and multimedia content, such as videos, infographics, data visualizations and photographs
  • Distill technical research, analysis, data and policy recommendations into compelling messages that resonate with leaders in government, civil society, the private sector and other key audiences
  • Work with WRI’s Core Communications team to pitch stories to reporters and respond to media inquiries related to environmental governance; work proactively to channel the Center’s activities and knowledge products to media outlets to achieve real-world outcomes
  • Write and edit a wide range of internal and external communications materials, including but not limited to blog posts, op-eds, press releases, media advisories, press statements, newsletters, e-blasts, website content, presentations, talking points and other compelling communications that translate technical research
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success; adopt new strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time

Event Management (15%)

  • Coordinate and promote internal and external events, including a seminar series, to increase the Center’s visibility as a thought leader on environmental governance
  • Lead the Greening Governance Seminar Series, including identifying topics, managing external speakers, leading outreach, live-Tweeting, livestreaming and day-of technical responsibilities

External Communication (15%)

  • Coordinate with external partners on communications materials, social media, messaging and outreach strategies
  • Manage online engagement for the Governance Center, overseeing websites, email marketing and social media channels to connect with audiences and build effective partnerships for change
  • Manage the Greening Governance Newsletter

Internal Communication (10%)

  • Establish WRI’s Governance Center global thought leadership and provide communications guidance and leadership to Center staff
  • Keep the Governance Center informed of policies and guidance relating to communications, publications and Science & Research
  • Delegate and liaise with part-time communications specialist
  • Collaborate with research and communications staff across WRI’s programs, centers and international offices to support projects as well as identify opportunities for more impactful partnership across the Institute
  • Manage the Governance Center Weekly Update newsletter to keep the Center staff informed of upcoming events, communications, fundraising efforts, and more

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field required (e.g. international relations, development or environmental studies)
  • Two+ years of full-time work experience working in communications, with a salient link to international sustainable development, environmental governance or broader environmental issues
  • Versatile and highly skilled writer with professional writing experience, strong verbal and written communications skills, comfortable producing copy quickly within a high-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Experience with leading communications strategy and planning, publishing stories in professional media outlets or blogs, publications development, marketing, social media and other specialized communications skills – preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices and partners
  • Experience producing materials focused on diverse external audiences
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media preferred
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred
  • US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Potential Salary: $53,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

How to Apply

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

Program Overview

WRI’s Governance Center works to empower people and strengthen governments to build a resilient, just and sustainable future for all. The Governance Center works with governments, the private sector, civil society and the public to address issues that matter most to poor, vulnerable communities: adapting to climate change; affordable, reliable access to clean energy; environmental rights; water and air pollution; social equity; and open, responsive government. 

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 AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico 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.  

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.