Communications Officer

World Resources Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 28

Position description

We seek a Communications Officer for the Global Energy Program who will develop and execute communications strategies that support and extend our influence, online presence and partnerships to accelerate the transition to affordable clean energy. In this position, you will lead Energy Program engagement across multiple communications channels: web, social media, blog, email marketing, media relations and events. In addition, you will work closely with WRI's Core Communications team as well as partner companies and organizations.

Our Global Energy Program speeds the transition to a low-carbon, inclusive energy future by helping to build clean energy markets and change institutions. Our more than 30 experts focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access with active work in China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, the United States and Vietnam. We take public commitments as a starting point and push forward policies, projects and programs that accelerate and deliver change on the ground.

The successful candidate for this Communications Officer position will be a self-starter with strong writing and interpersonal skills, and a passion for turning big ideas into action.


The Communications Officer's main areas of responsibility will include the following:

  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support high-priority projects within the Climate program, working with staff and leadership across the Institute to identify outreach opportunities and highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts in the media;
  • Develop and execute strategic communication plans to raise the profile of the Global Energy Program and highlight WRI research, analysis and experts;
  • Translate energy analysis, data tools and policy recommendations into compelling messages that resonate with leaders in business, government and civil society;
  • Guide experts in strategies for thought leadership through blog posts, articles, media relationships, social media, email marketing and speaking events;
  • Manage online engagement for Energy Program, overseeing websites, email marketing and social media channels to inform audiences and build effective partnerships for change;
  • Write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, emails and other compelling communications that translate technical material for various audiences;
  • Develop compelling visual content, including infographics, photography and data visualizations based on WRI research;
  • Coordinate with Energy Program leadership and staff across WRI’s programs, centers and international offices to integrate effective communications planning into global projects that deliver outcomes;
  • Work with WRI Communications Department to pitch stories and respond to media inquiries related to energy policy and related topics; Work proactively to channel WRI activities and knowledge products to media outlets to achieve real-world outcomes;
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success, and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in journalism or other related field (ex: communications, public relations, economics, or environmental studies) preferred;
  • Minimum 3-5 years full time relevant professional experience working in public relations, journalism, or communications with salient link to climate, energy or broader environmental issues;
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting;
  • Experience with communications planning, marketing, social media, and other specialized communications skills;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to produce materials focused on diverse external audiences;
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred;
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred;
  • Existing relationships with influential business, energy or environmental reporters at leading media outlets preferred.

Skills and Other Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required in journalism or other related field (ex: communications, public relations, economics, or environmental studies) preferred;
  • Articulate, versatile, highly-skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional writing samples required); strong oral communications skills required;
  • Proven ability to lead the planning, coordination and execution of communications products, influence strategies, and audience targeting;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team;
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners;
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products;
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values;
  • A proven track record of searching for and implementing innovative approaches focused on achieving results or amplifying impact;
  • Advanced degree in journalism or related fields (ex: communications, public relations, economics, or environmental studies) preferred;
  • Expertise in the fields of energy, climate change or environmental communications, especially communicating energy-specific research findings to policymakers and business audiences preferred.

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