Communications Associate

About the PRI

The PRI is the world’s leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole. The PRI is truly independent. It encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policymakers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by, but not part of, the United Nations.

Working at the PRI provides an opportunity to engage with highly motivated, culturally diverse professionals on a wide range of cutting-edge issues, such as income inequality through the lens of sustainable finance. The PRI provides scope for development at all levels with opportunities for project leadership and management working alongside some of the most influential signatories and leaders across financial markets and economies.  In combination with a supportive culture that encourages continuous learning and flexible working policies, PRI is a highly engaging place to work on truly transformative issues. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a recent graduate or experienced hire to work directly in the CEO’s office at an organisation seeking to shape a more prosperous future through responsible investment. This role will give you access to the breadth of PRI’s work. It offers a varied workload, with some administrative responsibilities but also the opportunity to work on CEO level communications across a variety of channels, from events and social media to blogs and op eds. We’re looking for a highly organised communications enthusiast with a desire to make a real impact to join our team.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of CEO Communications and Office, this role will support in delivering the CEO’s internal and external communications. With a focus on events, both from a logistical and communications standpoint, the Associate will work across a variety of channels and projects ranging from social media to podcasts and op eds. They will also take on administrative responsibilities in support of the Director of CEO Communications and Office and the CEO herself, working closely with the CEO’s Executive Assistant to optimise time and engagements. The successful candidate will have a way with words, possessing excellent written and verbal communications skills. They will be proactive, highly organised, confident in multitasking and working to competing deadlines.

Core Responsibilities:

■ Manage the CEO’s internal and external events calendar, liaising with stakeholders on logistics and preparing speeches, talking points and PowerPoint presentations

■ Develop communications collateral in the CEO’s voice across a variety of channels and formats including: social media, podcasts, webinars, blogs, op-eds, newsletters, emails, internal communications and more

■ Engage with internal and external stakeholders at all levels to keep them informed of the CEO’s engagements

■ Deliver administrative support for the CEO’s office and help to optimise her time, working closely with the Executive Assistant

■ Deliver ad hoc projects and tasks in support of the Director of CEO Communications and Office as well as the CEO directly

■ Provide regular reporting to the Director of CEO Communications and Office as required

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at an ‘Associate level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:


  • Incorporates the fullest range of information available into analysis and decision making​

  • Uses appropriate technical processes/systems to develop and evaluate options in an effective and time-efficient manner ​

  • Assimilates data to draws out relevant insights and findings from analyses​

  • Identifies opportunities and risks to feed into decision making ​

  • Presents analyses in an appropriate format providing clear and concise recommendations

Business Awareness

  • Understands, and always works towards, the mission and the aims of the PRI​

  • Is curious about what is happening in other parts of the PRI​

  • Is Signatory centric – seeks to understand, listen and respond to Signatory needs​

  • Understands own teams’ objectives and seeks to internalise them in own activities ​

  • Understands who does what at the PRI and uses the knowledge to complete activities


  • Approachable, credible and willing whenever engaging with colleagues​

  • Actively and appropriately seeks input from others ​

  • Focuses on interacting with colleagues in a positive and open manner​

  • Listens to what colleagues are saying, considers from different perspectives and tailor’s responses accordingly


  • Writes succinctly and clearly tailoring level of detail to the requirements of the end user​

  • Communicates clearly and precisely and able to convey thinking comprehensively​

  • Provides regular, clear and concise communications to manager, colleagues or other relevant people to keep updated on activities​

  • Structures and prepares well-written, logical outputs with limited guidance and editing​


  • Demonstrates self-awareness actively seeks feedback from others and acts upon it​

  • Explores new ideas with an inquisitive mind ​

  • Questions the status quo and suggests new ideas ​

  • Seeks out opportunities to drive continuous improvements in ways of working​

  • Open-minded attitude which welcomes change and new ideas


  • Prioritises and organises time effectively, focussing on the key organisational priorities​

  • Develops ways of working and processes to execute and improve efficiency across the PRI​

  • Methodically tackles problems, working with colleagues where necessary​

  • Takes account of the needs of other colleagues and/or Signatories when considering how to execute a piece of work​

  • Promotes and utilises effective project management skills

Technical Competencies & Experience:

■ Degree in a communication related field desirable

■ Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills including strong attention to detail and the ability to communicate at the highest level in a timely manner

■ Experience working in a fast-paced communications environment preferred

■ Experience with a variety of communication mediums and platforms well as writing and editing to a high standard

■ Knowledge of the financial services industry, responsible investment and ESG issues is desirable but not essential  

■ A collaborative and consultative approach with the ability to work both independently and in a team

■ Excellent stakeholder management and interpersonal skills

■ Intermediate IT/system skills - Microsoft Office packages (especially PowerPoint), social media, webcasts

■ Good project and time management skills

■ Language skills, other than English, are desirable but not essential

■ Eligibility to work in the UK

Role posted - 2021-02-23T12:06:48Z 12:06pm, 23rd Feb 2021 GMT