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Job Type: Full Time
Location: Washington, D.C., CA

About the Organization

CLASP’s mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

We serve as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From advancing the off-grid solar technologies, bringing power to energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP programs increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances. Learn more about our programs.

We’re mission-driven, impacts-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.

Communications – Multiple Positions

CLASP is seeking creative, mature, poised, and detail-oriented professionals to support the communications efforts for our portfolio of clean energy access initiatives as well as our climate change mitigation portfolio. We are looking for both entry level and early career candidates.

The successful candidates will have the skills to convey information through writing, graphics, and visual storytelling, and know how to turn complex ideas into impactful and concise narratives.  They will be also responsible for maintaining and improving communications infrastructure (e.g. websites), and supporting programmatic and/or organizational outreach, communications, fundraising, donor management, and reporting. They will also be responsible for critical administrative tasks in support of the communications program, including management of contracts, payments, the  CLASP website, and the editorial process.

CLASP is a fast-paced, international, and highly-collegial work environment. The successful candidates will understand and move between the small details and the big picture with skill, adapt to evolving priorities, and bring well-honed listening and interpersonal skills.

Key Responsibilities

Members of CLASP’s Communications Team will contribute their skills to a number of key projects. Examples of work products include (but are not limited to):

  • Communicating Research: Over the next three years, CLASP will produce a significant body of market, technical, and policy research. The successful candidates will support our research team in packaging and messaging their reports for specific audiences through newsletters, website stories or blogs, and presentations. Experience facilitating a complicated, matrixed editorial process a plus.
  • Proposal Development and Donor Reporting: At CLASP, we fundraise so that we can lead a dynamic research agenda to support our cutting-edge work, ensuring that our programs have meaningful impact. We are committed to and believe in the work that we are doing, so we fundraise a lot, and everyone is involved. These positions will have an important role to play in helping us to do this more effectively.
  • Stories and Case Studies: From coming up with new ways to monitor the energy use of individual appliances to launching clean cookstove projects in Uganda, CLASP is working on cutting edge projects, and we want people to know about it. Our teams require support with turning technical information into compelling stories through articles and case studies for a variety of audiences, including the CLASP Board, donors, international agencies, policymakers, and partner organizations.
  • Vendor Management: We collaborate often with graphic designers, copy editors, photo editors, other communications and fundraising consultants, policymakers, and CLASP’s program teams to ensure quality, accurate, and timely knowledge exchange.
  • Business-to-Business Communications: CLASP facilitates business-to-business communications as part of its core work. We tell people about what we do through newsletters, presentations, and other written correspondence.
  • Digital Media Management & Engagement: On behalf of our partners and donors, CLASP manages 5 unique web platforms and related social media accounts. These positions will help us stay organized and strategic across web platforms, leveraging key content and messages and avoiding duplication.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Previous communications and design experience and/or a relevant tertiary qualification; 1-2 years’ experience for Coordinator role(s) preferred and 3-5 years’ experience for Associate role(s)
  • Bachelor’s degree (relevant field preferred)
  • Strong, creative design and analytical skills
  • Excellent written communication skills; proven ability in being able to take complex, technical ideas and turn them into compelling stories in a variety of formats — web, print publications, briefing papers, digital media, and social media all a plus; experience writing funding proposals ideal
  • Confident and polished verbal communication skills; ability to connect with and influence people in a diverse, international work environment
  • Ability to travel in both developed and developing countries; international experience preferred; bilingual or multilingual a plus
  • Proven experience in coordinating logistics and planning events
  • Strong work ethic and an ability to take initiative; a drive to learn and grow on the job
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time under deadline and with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work from the big picture to the small details
  • Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines.
  • Intellectual agility and a commitment to professional development
  • Professional experience in business development and/or program administration; experience in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy management or analogous sectors preferred; familiarity with technical, economic, market and/or or policy analysis of these sectors and/or qualitative research methods is ideal
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Word; experience with HTML and CSS, a plus

Compensation and Location

Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, CLASP offers competitive benefits, including health insurance, unlimited leave, holidays, retirement plan, and a collegial office environment that supports wellness and flexible telecommuting options after a certain period of employment.

These positions are full-time and based in the organization's Washington, D.C. office. Occasional travel (domestic and international), as well as evening or weekend hours, may be required.

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP in their recruitment efforts. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must must click "Apply to this Job" to submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. The writing sample should demonstrate how you can turn technical information into engaging copy and be no more than two pages. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. These positions will remain open until filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.

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