Administrative Coordinator
World Resources Institute - Washington, DC

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The Climate and Energy Program (CEP) seeks an assertive, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual to provide administrative coordination for Directors and experts actively engaged in climate and energy policy. This is an excellent position for someone seeking to gain program management and administrative experience, exposure to CEP’s global portfolio of climate and energy policy analysis, and experience operating within a respected international environmental organization.

The Administrative Coordinator will provide support to the Director and Deputy Director in a 50-person program. Responsibilities will include a variety of administrative and logistical activities such as expense management, travel arrangements, database management, scheduling, and events coordination. The Administrative Coordinator will report to the CEP Operations Manager.

  • Provide administrative support to the Climate & Energy Program Director and Deputy Program Director (e.g., schedule appointments, make travel arrangements, assist with expense reports, visa applications, take phone calls, draft correspondence, etc.).
  • Manage and maintain Director and Deputy Director constituent database, including adding and revising contacts and updated fundraising notes.
  • Organize and run Director-led internal meetings; take minutes and track follow-up as necessary. Ensure smooth execution of Director-sponsored external events through planning, logistics, outreach and preparation of background material.
  • As necessary, support other Coordinators with event preparation, logistics, database, and other tasks as assigned by CEP Operations Manager.
  • Serve as a point of contact for internal and external requests for CEP-related information.
  • Support ongoing efforts to maintain and improve CEP’s administrative systems and processes.
  • Provide limited research, editing, and presentation support for CEP Director and Deputy Director as required.
  • Undergraduate degree with an excellent academic record.
  • Highly-organized, assertive and detail-oriented with a strong interest in program administration/ coordination and at least 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with database management (familiarity with Raiser’s Edge a plus).
  • Strong computer skills including high level of comfort with Microsoft Office (especially Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), web-based communications (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting, etc.), and Internet research.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands.
  • Commitment to WRI’s mission and values and interest in climate and energy issues.
  • International experience and multiple languages a plus.
Position Reports to: Operations Manager, Climate and Energy Program

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 preference, parental 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.

About WRI
The World Resources Institute is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We work with governments, companies, and civil society to build solutions to urgent environmental challenges. WRI’s transformative ideas protect the earth and promote development because sustainability is essential to meeting human needs and fulfilling human aspirations in the future.

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, NGOs, and corporate leaders because of the rigorous quality, balance, and independence of its work. With its think-tank roots, WRI values innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees see the results of their hard work and have the satisfaction of making a significant difference in the world.

Currently a $50 million organization with an international staff of approximately 250, WRI works with more than 400 partners in 50 countries. WRI provides objective information and practical proposals for policy and institutional change that foster environmentally sound, socially equitable development.


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