Editorial Assistant

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

Job Summary:

WRI’s Core Communications team seeks an Editorial Assistant to produce digital content and assist the team with key outreach opportunities. This is a junior position that will provide a combination of editorial, communications and administrative support. The ideal candidate is an early-career communications professional with strong writing and organizational skills.

As Editorial Assistant, you will work under the direct guidance of the Senior Digital Editor. A key component of this role is supporting WRI’s Editorial Team with content production for WRI.org, the institutional website. Duties may include conducting photo research, writing captions, drafting and editing project pages, drafting internal and external newsletters, editing articles for WRI’s flagship Insights channel, posting web content and more. This role will also provide some administrative support, such as organizing meetings, tracking finances and other logistics.

You will also be asked to support key institutional outreach events, such as the organization’s annual Stories to Watch event and WRI’s participation in the annual UN climate summits (COPs).

The successful candidate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, deadline-driven and enthusiastic. A demonstrable interest in environmental and international development issues is a definite plus.

You will be part of a creative, diverse and international communications team that values people with different world views and experiences. In this role, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to advance their skills, learn more about non-profit communications, and deepen their knowledge of issues at the core of WRI’s global mission.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based in Washington, DC once restrictions have been lifted.

Editorial Content Production (75%)

  • Support content production for WRI’s flagship institutional website (WRI.org) and affiliated international and platform sites
  • Conduct photo research and write captions
  • Write and edit a variety of content for WRI.org, including project pages, Project Updates, Top Outcomes, event pages, Insights articles and more
  • Draft and edit internal and external e-newsletters
  • Working with WRI’s Design team, produce infographics, videos and other multimedia content for use in editorial products
  • Work closely with researchers and communications professionals to translate technical research into compelling and accessible content for WRI’s key audiences
  • Format and post content on WRI.org
  • Support coordination of Editorial team, including setting meetings, taking notes, tracking expenses, preparing presentations, and related tasks.

Administrative and Communications Support (25%):

  • Provide logistical and other support on special projects and institutional initiatives, such as Stories to Watch, COP, communication trainings, team retreats, and more. Activities may include organizing meetings, developing presentations, researching and crafting talking points, and more
  • Work closely with other staff and project managers on the Core Communications team, as well as in other teams across the institute, to ensure timely delivery of projects
  • Perform other related duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the Core Communications team.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree; At least 1 year of experience working in communications or editorial role for a non-profit organization, media outlet or similar;
  • An interest in the environment, sustainability and/or international development;
  • Excellent writing skills and research abilities;
  • Strong spoken communication skills;
  • Adept at working with computer software, such as Office365 and project management platforms;
  • Familiarity with PowerPoint or similar design programs;
  • Familiarity with Drupal or other content management systems, preferred;
  • An interest in working in a global organization, with sensitivity to international contexts and cultures;
  • US work authorization required.

Potential Salary:

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

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to apply. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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.