Communications Coordinator II, Forest Legality Team

The World Resources Institute’s Forests Program is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator to support the Forest Legality team’s mission by writing and developing outreach materials, online communications, partner and community management, and media outreach. The position will report to the Communications Manager of the Forests Program, and work closely with WRI’s Communications team.
WRI’s forest legality work seeks to reduce demand for illegally harvested forest products and to increase the capacity of supply chains to deliver legal wood and paper products. Part of this work aims to catalyze the development and uptake of emerging technologies for timber tracking and supply chain transparency. WRI’s forest legality work includes the USAID-funded Forest Legality Alliance (, a public-private partnership that has emerged as a leading forum for catalyzing multi-stakeholder action to combat illegal logging and promote trade in legally-source forest products. The Alliance pursues a series of activities:
  • Educate and build capacity among forest product supply chains about emerging demand-side forest legality policies and new tools for increasing transparency and legality.
  • Equip forest product supply chain participants with practical, interactive, and freely accessible tools for exercising due care and keeping illegally harvested forest products out of the market.
  • Demonstrate through a series of pilot tests with volunteer Alliance members that compliance with new demand-side requirements can be feasible and cost-effective, and identify practical ways to reduce and mitigate unintended burdens on importers and producers.
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  • The Communications Coordinator will support the Forest Legality team by developing and implementing communications strategies, and supporting multiple communications channels (such as web, social media, blog, publications, media relations, and events). The Communications Coordinator will proactively collaborate with WRI’s central Communications Department on all aspects of work.
  • Develop, support, and manage communications strategies for reports, events, conferences, and news opportunities and implement developed outreach strategies;
  • Write, edit, and solicit a variety of materials (blogs, op-eds, media materials) about forest legality issues and how technology can be used to enforce forest laws;
  • Develop interactive media pieces including slideshows, charts, postcards and videos, and support their design and promotion;
  • Write targeted communications such as the FLA email newsletter, targeted emails to high-profile audiences.
  • Coordinate communication and outreach with the Forest Legality team’s extensive network of partners and members including businesses, NGOs, and government bodies. Ensure that partner content is informative and current.
  • Manage FLA’s database of contacts, using WRI’s constituent relationship management (CRM) system (either Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce).
  • Plan events for publication launches, roundtable discussions, meetings, and other announcements, including FLA’s semi-annual membership meeting.
  • Identify speaking opportunities, writing event proposals, designing event programs and panels, coordinating with partners and event organizers, and helping to manage the FLA events calendar.
  • Prepare presentations, graphics and outreach materials for events.
  • Help coordinate media outreach to traditional & new media. Assist with proactive outreach such as pitching, research, handling incoming requests, and monitoring daily news coverage;
  • Write materials such as press advisories and statements, send media distributions, develop messaging, coach staff and arrange media interviews, send around media clips, and help maintain our Vocus database of journalist contacts.
  • Create clear, concise messaging to advance impact;
  • Support staff to build their skills, maximize their reach, and backfill duties when necessary;
  • Support the development of compelling fundraising materials, including proposals and presentations;
  • Monitor and support the publications process, including outreach planning, production, and distribution;
  • Provide general administrative support, such as scheduling, event logistics, and other responsibilities as needed.
  • WRI emphasizes video and conference calls over travel, so this position will need to participate in limited after-hours calls to ensure international staff have the support they need in developing and delivering impactful communications.

Education & Experience
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree (communications, public relations, journalism or forest or natural resources management preferred)
  • Minimum 2-3 years overall experience in communications, with a strong preference for formal experience in media or public relations for private firm or non-profit
  • Experience working with reporters or members of the media (and established media contacts) preferred;
  • Experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders (including civil society, industry and government officials) strongly preferred;
  • International experience or prior work in a global organization preferred;
  • Experience working with a constituent relationship management (CRM) system preferred (either Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce);
Skills & Qualifications
  • Strong written and oral communications skills required, with a strong preference for written and spoken fluency in a second language such as French, Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese, or Chinese Mandarin.
  • Experience publishing stories in professional media outlets or blogs.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of forest science and policy preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team;
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills, including the ability to encourage collaboration with other programs, international offices, and partners;
  • Articulate, versatile, highly skilled writer with professional writing experience (professional clips or writing samples preferred);
  • Highly motivated, proactive work style and excellent organizational skills;
  • Strong interest in and commitment to the environment or international development preferred;
  • Strong online research and computer skills;
  • Understanding of social media and how to use it to impact audiences;
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work;
  • Visual skills, such as photography, graphic design, and Adobe Photoshop are desirable;
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products.
Final candidates will be required to take a writing test

Qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.