Coordinator, Special Projects, Climate and Economics

Administrative Support Washington, DC, United States


Job Summary

In this role, you will assist on the development and execution of key program events, strategies, and meetings. In addition, you will support major trips for the Vice President of Climate and Economics and the Deputy Director of Climate, on key external and internal events, and on notetaking and coordination across the program. You will support Program Leadership with coordinating inputs to key presentations, strategies, and program documents.

Ideally, you will have experience working in an administrative capacity in a fast-paced environment, and a demonstrated interest in climate change and / or international development. You will liaise with staff throughout WRI and should be able to competently manage relationships and shifting priorities.

WRI is committed to ensuring gender equity across our program portfolios. As such, you may be expected to support attention to gender where appropriate.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.

Job Responsibilities

  • Once international travel and events resume you will provide logistical and administrative support for major trips for the Vice President, Climate and Economics and the Deputy Climate Director, to include but not limited to: booking flights, arranging bilateral meetings, and tracking priorities and documents to support the Special Assistant
  • Support on the planning and execution of major events for the Climate and Economics programs
  • Support the Vice President, Climate and Economics and Deputy Climate Director in cross programmatic efforts when needed
  • Support communication efforts and awareness across the Climate program by regularly collecting inputs for internal newsletters and platforms, management level meetings, and program wide meetings.
  • Support the Chief of Staff on special projects, to include collecting inputs into program strategy documents, supporting on the development of key presentations and processes, and other fundraising and coordination needs, as assigned
  • Coordinate and support the efforts of program wide learning groups on a variety of topics by working with group leads to facilitate note taking, collect agenda inputs, and track action items
  • Play a lead role in the organization of team retreats and activities
  • Constantly improve communications among the team, within the Climate program, with colleagues in our international offices and with partners
  • Serve as the liaison for the Climate and Economics teams to the Managing for Results team, which tracks the performance of WRI in meeting its institutional goals
  • Serve as a point of contact for internal and external requests for Climate-related information through developing a keen understanding of the Climate Program and its project portfolio
  • Support ongoing efforts to maintain and improve Climate Program’s administrative systems and processes
  • Assist in knowledge management of Directors’ digital files, cloud storage, intranet and Sharepoint systems
  • Provide program-wide support for conference room set-up, and office equipment needs, including regular use of teleconference and televideo systems to coordinate global teams
Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree with an excellent academic record
  • Minimum 1 year full time work experience in an administrative role
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain key relationships, both internal and external
  • Professional demeanor and superior people skills; ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan, organize and manage workload and projects, set priorities, meet deadlines, and work under pressure
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values and interest in environmental issues
  • US work authorization required for this position
How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Potential Salary:
 $46,000 - $60,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Program Overview

The Global Climate Program seeks to identify barriers, develop the tools, and advise policy makers in the pursuit of advancing transformative solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Stabilizing the global climate is the greatest challenge of the 21st century, but there are approaches and technologies available now to overcome this global challenge. WRI's Global Climate Program engages businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to help communities adapt to the unavoidable impacts of human-induced climate change and mitigate the severity of future impacts. This is pursued through collective international action, national climate policies, business and economic approaches, and more.

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 $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.