Project Management Associate

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World Resources Institute

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Washington, DC, United States

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9 days ago

About the Program:

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI Ross Center) works to ensure cities drive economic opportunity while sustaining natural resources. We use technical expertise, powerful research, and on-the-ground partnerships to design solutions that enable sustainable city growth. Our analysis and tools allow cities to effectively lead their natural resources and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Working across our network, we develop and support the implementation of research-based solutions in sustainable mobility, urban development, as well as urban efficiency & climate that reduce pollution, improve health, and create safe, accessible public spaces for all people to thrive.

The Ross Center builds on WRI’s global and local experience and uses proven solutions and committed tools to improve urban planning, mobility, energy efficiency, water risk management, and encourage effective governance making the fast-growing urban environment more resilient to challenges.

Job Highlight:

In the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the Project Management Office Team ensures the implementation of effective project management mechanisms to all the Ross Center projects. As our Associate, you will report to the Sr. Manager, Project Management and be responsible for leading operational project planning and delivering annual progress reporting, working closely with global teams in DC and international offices in 6 countries. You are also expected to facilitate peer learning and ensure effective collaboration and coordination among international teams, areas of work and core functions. The position will support the Sr. Manager, Project Management to establish a project management office in the Ross Center. Some international travel will be required.

This position will begin as remote due to Covid-19 and can be a hybrid model of remote and in-office.

What you will do:

Project Management #1

  • Increase project management competence for the Cities Program by adapting tools and/or processes, ensuring proper link to overall Cities strategy.
  • Provide support and guidance to teams to manage multiple projects through the project lifecycle.
  • Assist teams to identify project risks and possible mitigation strategies and implement framework for risk tracking and mitigation.
  • Identify adopt new tools as required to monitor and track project activities.

Project Management Training #2

  • Create internal training materials and conduct training, when necessary.
  • Ensure staff access to professional training and development.

Change Management #3

  • Facilitate set-up and maturation of project management community of practice, fostering discussion, alignment and adoption of relevant project management and reporting processes.

Collaborator Engagement #4

  • Serve as liaison with core function teams, including Strategy, Development, Finance, etc. & manage coordination of efforts with other teams within WRI to ensure project delivery.
  • Provide appropriate guidance to teams to ensure compliance with funder policies and project commitments.

What you will need:

Education: You have a Master's degree in Project Management, Administration, or similar field required. A Bachelors degree and a certification in Project Management (such as PMP, PMD Pro or equivalent) can be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree, provided the Bachelor’s is in Project Management.

Experience: You have a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant full-time work experience in project management

  • Proven experience managing multiple projects through the project lifecycle. Experience in project management and associated standard methodologies. Experience with delegating project or financial management assignments. Keeps track of information and communicates trends and patterns in data to assist decision-making
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills; Office 365; and project management software (such as Asana, Monday and/or Microsoft Project).
  • Ability to travel, when needed.

Requirements: US work authorization is required for all US positions. WRI is unable to sponsor visa work authorization.

Potential Salary:

$59,000-$77,000 is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive renumeration and benefits package.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of July 22, 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the innovative of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

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.