Description

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 $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ 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 Earth Dashboard
The Earth Dashboard (https://earthhq.org/), just launched in December 2020, is public facing interactive website that conveys the evolving condition of the global commons, trends and pressures on the commons, and actions taken to protect, manage and restore the commons to address the planetary emergency. The Earth Dashboard is a joint project of the Global Commons Alliance, the largest coalition of scientific and conservation organizations, and Resource Watch (https://resourcewatch.org/), an open source platform which compiles hundreds of visualized data sets from the world’s most reliable sources. Its media partners, the environmental news site Mongabay, and leading digital news distributor Now This Earth, provide the latest stories to demonstrate the urgency surrounding our planetary health. The Earth Dashboard offers activists, the media, policymakers, business leaders and the public a unique tool - a way to find vital information, monitor the latest developments, set priorities, and take action. It provides the following functions:
  • Performance tracking for the global commons
  • Transparency and accountability mechanism for the Science-based Target Network
  • Mobilization to spark action by businesses, governments, and cities
  • Integration of environmental news from media partners like Mongabay and NowThis Earth
  • Data visualizations to key media partners

Systems Change Lab

The Systems Change Lab is working to develop a platform to track critical transformations across systems, and their drivers, to provide the first complete picture of progress towards necessary transitions side-by-side, informing adjustments in policy and practice. The world is failing to spur transformational systems change at the pace and scale needed to safeguard the global commons—our shared ecosystems and natural processes that stabilize life on Earth and underpin well-being. To avoid the worst climate impacts and build equitable and prosperous societies, we must ignite widespread change across all our global systems: how we grow our food, build our cities, power our industry and move around the world. We must fundamentally shift consumption patterns, financial systems and economic policies, as well as how we plan for the future and measure progress—and the Systems Change Lab is going to enable and help accelerate these critical shifts. 

This is a full time limited term position ending 09/30/2021

This is a unique opportunity to play a leading product management role in these two groundbreaking projects. For the Earth Dashboard, you will lead the ongoing design and development of the existing site, conducting user research, prioritizing new features, and managing external vendors to see it come to life. Your focus will be on ensuring the Earth Dashboard is meeting the goals it set out to meet, and shepherding adjustments as needed. For the Systems Change Lab, you will lead the overall product design and development and see it through to its launch in late 2021.

You will be receiving input from an entire team of researchers working to identify the most compelling indicators for required systems transformations (e.g., the phaseout of the internal combustion engine, the restoration of degraded landscapes, and the prevention of invasive species in our marine and terrestrial ecosystems) and leading the development of the tracking site that visualizes those transformations, so that businesses, national and local governments, coalitions, and other critical decision makers can take action. This is an exciting position where you will get a chance to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing our global commons, as well as the best systems thinking being done for how to drive change. This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, term limited position with an end date of September 30, 2021. There is potential to convert into a regular term position depending on project funding and availability.

This position is remote due to Covid-19, but you will be based at WRI’s office in Washington, DC once restrictions have lifted.


Skills and responsibilities

Product strategy, user design and user research (50%)
  • Manage the ongoing design and development of the Earth Dashboard in coordination with the Global Commons Alliance Earth HQ and the Resource Watch team
  • Lead the design and development of the Systems Change Lab through its launch in late 2021
  • Ensure that the vision and theory of change for the Earth Dashboard and Systems Change Lab are reflected in the web development for these platforms
  • Manage the user testing phase following prototype launch to define development priorities
  • Develop and refine user stories that encompass the functional requirements of the proposed platforms
  • Engage with Global Commons Alliance partners, WRI’s subject matter experts and external stakeholders on design and development to ensure alignment of the product strategy and roadmap
  • Manage the product backlogs, prioritize feature requests based on user research

Vendor management (25%)

  • Engage in day-to-day interactions with external web vendors, set priorities, and track budget and timeline constraints
  • Work to incorporate the expertise and advice of the Earth Dashboard Working Group into the ongoing design and evolution of the site
  • Coordinate the drafting of RFPs and monitor vendor delivery against the RFP in coordination with the Resource Watch Senior Product Manager, relevant WRI teams and API & Services Manager, when relevant
  • Prioritize feature requests based on user needs, stakeholder input, and track vendor budget and timeline constraints
  • Manage the product backlogs, prioritize resource needs based on user research and feedback based on limited budgets
  • Engage in day-to-day interactions with external web vendors, set priorities, and keep deadlines 

Knowledge management, documentation and monitoring of key performance indicators (KPIs) (25%)

  • Develop and monitor KPIs for engagement on these platforms
  • Document processes and workflows for WRI and external partners, communicate product updates to Earth Dashboard users and funders

Details

  • Location:
    Washington DC
    ,
    DC
  • This job is remote friendly.
  • Deadline: n/a

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience supporting web or other product development, particularly working with external vendors
  • Ability to manage a complex workload remotely and meet deadlines
  • Experience with user interface/user experience (UX/UI) design
  • Experience with product management and/or ability to communicate a vision and rally a team around that vision.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to understand issues from different perspectives, and the confidence to take principled positions or seek help when needed
  • High degree of comfort with web technologies, with the ability to work with both technical and non-technical colleagues and partners
  • High degree of comfort with working with data, both tabular and geospatial
  • Experience in multi-media storytelling and environmental science journalism is a plus
  • A self-motivated learner with a willingness and ability to take on new challenges as required Interest in working for a mission-driven environmental organization
  • Passion for communicating environmental and sustainability data and science
  • Strong visual and aesthetic sense
  • US work authorization is required for this opportunity