Media Manager

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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18 days ago

This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

This is a full time limited term position ending May 31, 2023


About the Program:

The WRI Core Communications team, based largely in Washington D.C., oversees strategy and outreach for the Institute in support of WRI leadership, program, centers and international offices. Communications is crucial to WRI’s success at achieving rapid, systemic changes. The global communications team strives to work as an integrated global network to expand WRI’s reach, reputation and impact.



Job Highlight:

In this role you will be responsible for helping develop and carry out communications strategies, oversee messaging, draft materials and manage media relations strategy across WRI’s global network. You will work on high-profile, top priority opportunities, including launches and major events, to advance WRI’s agenda. You will provide media relations and messaging guidance, including rapid response and crisis communications. You will be responsible for translating WRI’s complex ideas and policy recommendations into language that is appealing to wider audiences and the media. You will report to the Acting Co-Head of Communications.


What will you do:

Media Relations (60%):

  • Implement WRI’s media relations strategies, with a focus on maximizing impact and continued improvement of WRI’s external profile and influence
  • Maintain strong relationships with top-level media at major US and international outlets, using WRI’s media database
  • Prepare messaging and talking points for senior staff and experts and provide coaching ahead of interviews
  • Organize media training for WRI experts and mentorship to other communications staff
  • Help guide WRI’s crisis response strategies
  • Oversee metrics and analytics for WRI’s media coverage to inform our ongoing strategies
  • Other duties as assigned


Strategic Communications (40%):

  • Support the development of communication plans, working with staff throughout the network, to create high-impact messaging, media strategies and tactics for major reports, digital platforms and other high profile opportunities
  • Participate in cross-program communication planning to ensure close collaboration throughout WRI’s network
  • Oversee WRI’s media calendar to plan for and monitor upcoming media opportunities
  • Provide strategic communication guidance, advice and mentorship to staff in programs, centers and delivery platforms
  • Collaborate with external communication partners on launches and strategies
  • Participate in WRI’s Communications strategy and planning activities to help set the direction for the team

What will you need:

  • Education: An advanced degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or similar field
  • Experience: At least 7 years of experience in a communications role, preferably at a non-profit or another mission-based organization
  • Experience working in an international setting and understanding of media in global markets
  • Experience and understanding of all aspect of media relations and global outlets
  • Existing media contacts at top international media organizations
  • Proven track record of interacting with media and securing high level placement of stories and quotes in top outlets
  • Experience handling crisis communications



Potential Salary:

The salary range for this position is 96,000 USD - 116,000 USD if filled by a candidate located and legally able to work in the US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.


How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of February 10, 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.


About Us:

Founded in 1982, 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 to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

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.



Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.


Our culture:

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. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.


Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.