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Climate Journalist

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Location: Washington DC

Company Name: World Resources Institute

Occupational Category: 27-3022.00,Reporters and Correspondents

Date Posted: 2020-02-10

Valid Through: 2020-03-11

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Climate Program Overview There isn't a silver bullet, or a single pressure point to tackle the climate crisis. It will require an army of actors, a menu of pathways and an array of interventions in the right places. Tailoring approaches to these unique situations is the sweet spot for the Climate Program at World Resources Institute. We help businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels advance the deep structural shifts necessary to address climate change. Our International Climate Action Initiative uses analysis, innovation and partnerships to achieve effective national policies and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. Our offices around the world work at all levels of government and with businesses to advance cost-effective solutions to curb emissions in the short- and long-term. Climate Watch offers open data, visualizations and analysis to help policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders gather insights on countries climate progress. Through Science Based Targets, WRI and partners help hundreds of the world's largest companies set ambitious climate targets. And the Greenhouse Gas Protocol helps companies, cities and countries measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Job Summary We're hiring an in-house Climate Journalist to produce outstanding content that maximizes the impact of our research and initiatives to advancing ambitious climate action globally, and through our offices in the United States and around the world. In this role, you will shape the overall editorial strategy for the Climate Program, writing and placing op-eds and articles in major media outlets, our blog and elsewhere. To be successful, you will stay abreast of the latest developments on climate change (e.g. United Nations negotiations, national policies and leadership by businesses, states and cities) and identify writing and media outreach opportunities to leverage WRI experts and research findings to drive the conversation about climate solutions forward. You will also dive deep into Climate Watch's rich data sets to develop data-driven stories and come up with creative, sharable content for social media to capture readers' interest. Working closely with our team of climate experts and the Climate Program's Senior Communications Manager, you will also be responsible for developing project-level communication strategies, overseeing publication production processes and supporting events and webinars. As the ideal candidate for this role, you must be familiar with climate change and environmental issues, have a proven-track record in journalism or writing, and be comfortable with crafting and executing communication strategies. Job Responsibilities WRITING/EDITING AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING (65%) Solicit ideas from WRI Climate Program staff and work with them to bring complex research findings and national and international policy recommendations into compelling prose. Find the narrative in the numbers. Work closely with WRI's analysts and researchers to mine Climate Watch's rich data sets to develop data-driven stories and multimedia content. Help write and edit blog posts, articles, op-eds and speaking remarks, authored by Climate Program staff and under your own byline. Keep abreast of major US and international climate change policy developments and identify opportunities to inject WRI expertise via written prose, media outreach and other means Produce highly visual and interactive content working closely with WRI's graphic designers Produce eye-catching, sharable social media assets to draw readers to WRI stories, research and interactive websites. This will include overseeing the production of videos, infographics and interactive data visualizations. Work with WRI staff to identify and pitch WRI research and story angles to media and build personal relationships with other climate journalists DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES (35%) Develop and execute strategic communication plans to support a diverse range of projects, working with staff and leadership across the world to identify outreach opportunities and highlight WRI research, analysis, and experts in the media Work with communications and research experts to oversee efficient execution of existing communications processes regarding publications and communications activities Work with experts to develop compelling concept notes, funding proposals, presentations and a messaging about the Climate Program's research and initiatives Job Qualifications Three+ years of full-time professional experience in journalism, writing or similar field Master's degree in journalism, English, communications or related field, or in lieu of master's degree, a bachelor's degree with two+ additional years of related work experience Prior experience authoring articles (preferably at a media outlet) and managing an editorial channel Demonstrated experience or expertise in writing on climate change, science, environment, and/or international development issues Understanding of the media landscape Experience producing visually driven and interactive content for Web and social media Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative spirit A can-do outlook with a strong affinity to work for a global non-profit organization Ability to speak and write in multiple languages would be preferable Ability to work calmly and enthusiastically under pressure US work authorization is required. WRI is unable to sponsor a visa for this opportunity How to Apply A cover letter, resume and a writing sample is required. 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 $120 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ 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. 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, gender identity, 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