Communications Director

Resources for the Future (RFF)
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

We are looking for a Communications Director to connect RFF’s world-leading environmental and energy economics research to our public audiences. Reporting to the Vice President for Communications, the Communications Director will devise and execute communications strategies for RFF research products, oversee our communications unit, and serve as a key point of contact with policy stakeholders, media partners, and others. The role is ideal for a communications professional with outstanding written, verbal, and analytical skills; a background in RFF’s environmental and energy economics policy areas; and the ability to convey complex information in innovative and compelling ways.

External Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement innovative communications plans that communicate RFF’s research projects to the media, federal and state policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders.
  • Pitch RFF research projects to journalists, and foster relationships between RFF and media outlets covering our policy areas.
  • Write and pitch op-eds to editorial boards that showcase RFF’s research findings and/or respond to timely news issues.
  • Work with RFF policy experts to develop content for written and video explainers of environmental and energy economics concepts.
  • Build and implement communications plans for flagship RFF projects such as our VALUABLES Consortium, which works with NASA to assess the socioeconomic benefits of earth observations.
  • Draft content for one-pagers, annual reports, and other accounts of RFF’s impact and policy expertise.

Internal Responsibilities:

  • Ensure RFF’s internal tracking system captures the full impact of our communications activities and facilitates insightful analytics reporting.
  • Manage a team of outstanding communications professionals.
  • Work with colleagues to develop RFF’s internal communications strategy, ensuring RFF news and impact updates are effectively communicated.


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in a related field; preferred Master’s degree.
  • At least eight years of relevant communications experience in public policy and related fields.
  • Knowledge of economics, and at least some familiarity with RFF’s environmental and energy policy areas.
  • Outstanding networking, interpersonal, and management skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex research findings for stakeholders, in both written and verbal form.
  • Alignment with RFF’s commitment to research that is balanced, nonpartisan, and rigorous.
  • Tech-savvy and adaptable. Any prior experience using project management or communications tools like Asana or Slack would be beneficial.