Communications Manager, Center for Equitable Development

Communications & Engagement Washington, DC, United States

This position is remote due to Covid-19, and you can be based in our office in Washington, DC, Nairobi, London, or the Hague (based on work authorization status) once restrictions have been lifted. We will also consider long-term remote work from one of these country offices.

Job Summary
The Communications Manager for WRI’s Center for Equitable Development leads the planning and implementation of the Center’s communications and engagement activities. As a member of the Equity Center’s management team, you will report to the Center director and collaborate with the leads and staff across the Center’s six areas of focus: Climate Resilience, Energy Access, Environmental Democracy, Gender Equity, Faith & Sustainability, and Land and Resource Rights. You will supervise two early-career communications staff working on two of these topics, as described below.

You will develop and implement communications strategies for the Center’s research, tools, and thought leadership products that utilize state-of the art techniques in data visualizations, email marketing, social media and virtual and in-person events. You will write, edit and disseminate content that moves the center’s key audiences—senior government officials, civil society leaders, corporate decision makers, and citizens—to take action. You will advance the Center’s reputation internally and externally, including by liaising with WRI’s Core Communications Team and your counterparts who lead communications and engagement in WRI’s other programs, centers, and country offices.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, well-organized and creative communications professional who is passionate about addressing issues that matter most to vulnerable people and communities.

Job Responsibilities

Communications Strategy Design and Implementation: 30%

  • Design and implement an Equity Center communications strategy to influence the global decision-makers, including members of the audiences described above, using state-of-the art techniques in in areas such as data visualizations, email marketing, social media and virtual and in-person events.
  • Provide strategic communications advice and support to the leaders of the six focus areas listed above, helping them to articulate a compelling narrative that describes their work in ways that highlight the synergies with the Center’s overall narrative.
  • Use marketing tools and data-driven insights to identify and grow the Center’s audiences and measure progress in increasing the Center’s reach and influence. Help the Center’s leadership and staff to identify new high-priority audiences.

Support to Equity Center Areas of Focus: 30%

  • Ensure the effectiveness of communications and engagement activities for the Center’s six areas of focus, including providing direct support for four—the Environmental Democracy Practice, Energy Governance Practice, Gender Equity Practice, and Land and Resource Rights Initiative—and providing leadership and quality control for two, the Climate Resilience Practice and Faith and Sustainability Initiative, as described below.
  • Write and edit a variety of products including articles for WRI’s Insights channel, e-letters, website copy, and other project-related materials
  • Establish a common set of metrics to monitor and report on the growth in reach and influence of the six areas of focus, create and revise strategies to enable these areas to improve outreach results over time

Leadership and Management: 30%

  • Advise the Equity Center Director as part of the Equity Center Management team
  • Supervise two early-career communications staff from Climate Resilience Practice and Faith & Sustainability Initiative, providing strategic advice and quality control, and ensuring that they meet the needs of their respective teams
  • Coordinate with the Energy Program communications lead on communications support for the Energy Access Practice
  • Identify and manage communications related reputational risks
  • Liaise with program coordinators and budget staff to plan for communications funding needs and ensure that these are included in budgets

 Represent the Center Within WRI: 10%

  • Liaise and coordinate on behalf of the Equity Center across WRI’s network of communications, business engagement, and research staff. Speak on behalf of the Center at Editorial Board meetings and the Engagement Community of Practice
  • Work with the Core Communications Team to plan for specialized communications support needed to advance Center goals, such as design services, digital communications, media relations, and strategy
  • Collaborate with communications leads in WRI’s Country Offices to engage audiences in target countries


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant and professional communications experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Master’s degree (or bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience) in a related field such as journalism, communications, public relations, business, economics, sustainability, etc.
  • Experience in implementing communication projects and processes for quality and delivery in a timely manner
  • Experience managing complex, time-sensitive donor requirements
  • International exposure, bilingual or multilingual and/or bicultural or multicultural competency are highly preferred
  • Experience with social media and email marketing
  • Strong verbal communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to think creatively and collaborate with other programs, international offices, and partners about all elements of communications work
  • Experience using PowerPoint, Photoshop, InDesign, Pardot, Salesforce, Cision, Asana and similar tools
  • Strong commitment to WRI's and the Equity Center’s mission and values
  • Applicants must have valid work authorization and be currently located in the US, Kenya, UK or the Netherlands specifically to be considered. We cannot provide visa sponsorship for this opportunity.

Potential Salary: $79,000 - $106,000 if in the US. If not in the US, salary range will be localized. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants mustapply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Center for Equitable Development
WRI’s Center for Equitable Development works with governments, the private sector, civil society and citizens to address issues that matter most to vulnerable communities. We focus on social and financial equity, poverty, adaptation to climate change, environmental rights, pollution and responsive government.

We start with analyses of voice, power and vulnerability in environmental decision-making. Who suffers and who benefits when governments act? Who has a seat at the table, and who is left out? What do citizens need to shape policy? We identify critical steps global leaders must take to ensure inclusivity, transparency and accountability. We build citizens’ capacity to engage in the environmental decisions that impact their lives and ensure more just, sustainable outcomes. And we mobilize civil society networks that drive bottom-up change and secure better futures for communities around the world. The Equity Center contains six practices: Climate Resilience Practice, Energy Governance Practice, Environmental Democracy Practice, Faith & Sustainability Initiative, Gender Equity Practice, and Land and Resource Rights Initiative.

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 Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, 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.