Communications Officer, Ocean Program

World Resources Institute
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

In this role, you will help shape and implement an exciting program strategy for WRI’s work on the ocean. We are looking for a creative and driven communications professional, preferably with experience of developing and implementing digital communications strategies, to support communications functions across the program from digital to media, creative to editorial, and stakeholder engagement to events. You will support major launch initiatives, relay compelling stories, support the strategic development of WRI’s digital channels for greater reach and impact and execute ongoing communications and engagement work. 

If you are a skilled and experienced communications professional who likes delivering a dynamic communications strategy, then this is the role for you. You will be part of a highly motivated, fast-paced team using communications to address global environment, sustainability, economic and human well-being issues. You will work very closely with the Communications Manager and Communications Assistant to deliver the strategy and connect with subject matter experts, communications colleagues around the world, and other partners to get the job done. 

Availability is critical, with major launch initiatives ongoing now into July 2022. This is a limited term post until 30 September 2022. So, you can expect to dive right in! 

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

Job Responsibilities

  • Help implement fully integrated communications strategies for the Ocean Program
  • Support message development, and storytelling to promote the sustainable ocean economy narrative
  • Prepare materials including blogs, press kits, social media content, briefing documents, backgrounders, media pitches, PPT presentations and more
  • Support high-level events, including the development of talking points for speakers and preparation of materials
  • Develop key messages and compelling launch materials (including comprehensive digital toolkits) for new reports and research
  • Support the strategic development of social media content, including compelling graphics, across WRI’s platforms to build engagement and reach
  • Curate regular newsletter content to communicate updates and impact and manage e-Newsletter outreach to networks
  • Write/edit copy for webpages
  • Identify creative opportunities to boost visibility of ocean issues including through multimedia graphics, videos, etc.
  • Implement work back plans to ensure we and our broader communications partners are fully aligned
  • Write wrap reports that provide synopses, measurement and next steps as appropriate
  • Attend Ocean team events and prepare write-ups for the website and social media synthesizing key themes and messages
  • Coordinate communications activities across the Ocean Program and work closely with WRI’s Core Communications team and communicators across the Institute
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the Ocean team


  • Master’s degree in communications, international relations, public policy, or related field preferred or a Bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in communications or related field
  • Excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented self-starter and team player
  • Strong writing and editing skills and ability to synthesize complex findings into clear messages
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing work priorities and ability to meet deadlines and deliver high quality products under pressure
  • Experience in developing social media strategy and using social media tools (such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn) and management platforms (such as Hootsuite)
  • Content development and event planning
  • Basic PowerPoint skills
  • Knowledge of systems and processes to track the impact of communications activities. Experience with Google Analytic desirable
  • Interest in and commitment to environment, sustainability and international development/relations and a strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural, diverse and virtual environment. Multiple languages are desirable, but not required
  • You must be legally able to work in the location where you are based. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity

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