Communications Manager, Center for Sustainable Business

World Resources Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

As the Communications Manager for the Center for Sustainable Business, you will develop, craft and disseminate messages and materials that are understandable and actionable for the business community and the stakeholders that influence it. In this position, you will build upon and protect WRI’s brand as an independent and trusted NGO. You will be responsible for a communications strategy to disseminate The Center for Sustainable Business’s research, tools and thought leadership, and act as a critical part of the team supporting WRI’s Corporate Consultative Group communications. This role reports to the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Communications with regular collaboration with the Global Director of the Center for Sustainable Business as well as a wide network of communications professionals across WRI. The role requires both comfort working independently and a collaborative nature.

This position is remote due to Covid-19 and follows WRI’s phases for office reopening. The role requires considerable collaboration in Eastern Standard Time. U.S.-based candidates are preferred, and candidates from locations where WRI has a global office may also be considered.


Job Responsibilities:

Work with both WRI Center for Sustainable Business and Corporate Relations on the following:

  • In partnership with WRI researchers, develop, enhance and execute on strategic communication plans related to research, tools and analysis
  • Manage, advise on and implement ongoing activities related to media, social media, web presence, research, blogs, speaking engagements, events, email marketing and newsletters, and more
  • Write, compile and edit compelling communications that serve to translate technical material and WRI capabilities for various audiences
  • Use marketing tools and insights to identify and expand our audiences and measure progress
  • Identify new and recommend prioritization of outreach opportunities to highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts to target audiences such as funders, decision makers and needle movers
  • Track, evaluate and report on metrics of success, and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time
  • Track and advise on communications spend and budget
  • Liaise and coordinate on behalf of the business center across WRI’s network of communications, business engagement, and research staff
  • Contribute to strategy to support and influence the private sector sustainability leadership


  • Master’s degree (or bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience) in related field such as journalism, communications, public relations, business, economics, sustainability or environmental studies
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience working in public relations, journalism, communications or business setting
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest, or commitment to corporate sector sustainability and environmental issues
  • Passion for communications that help turn big ideas into action
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced complex office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style, excellent organizational and project management skills. Keen attention to detail
  • Ability to lead the planning, coordination, and execution of communications products required; background in influence strategies, and audience targeting preferred
  • Experience with email marketing and newsletters
  • Experience with publications development
  • Social media in a professional setting
  • Working with reporters or members of the media and speaker/interviewee prep preferred
  • Strong ability to think creatively and collaborate with other programs, international offices, and partners about all elements of communications work
  • Knowledge of PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign, Pardot, Salesforce, Cision, Asana and similar tools preferred
  • Strong commitment to WRI’s mission and values
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity

Potential Salary:

$59,000 - $77,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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