Full-Time Climate Communications, Senior Associate
About the Organization
CLASP serves at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and expand clean energy access through appliance efficiency. Our 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. Energy-efficient appliances are one of the most cost-effective methods for mitigating climate change. They save money for governments and consumers alike, reduce peak energy demand, and bolster economic and energy security. We work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations and others to accelerate adoption of the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive appliances possible.
CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. We are headquartered in Washington, DC, with teams in Europe, Kenya, India, China, and Indonesia. We are mission-driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impact. See our Team Page to learn more about us.
About the Role – Climate Communications, Senior Associate
CLASP is seeking a talented individual to lead our Climate communications portfolio. This is a matrixed role that combines communications and advocacy with fundraising, development, and donor reporting. The candidate will report to the Chief of Communications & Development, Corinne Schneider, and help build a small team focused on telling, disseminating, and amplifying the story of the climate impacts of appliances.
Your responsibilities will include
- Thought leadership – work with the Climate team to identify, develop, and fine-tune high-level narratives connecting their work to related and intersectional issues.
- Media engagement – work with the Climate team to identify opportunities for press and media engagement; develop pitches and relationships with reporters to elevate CLASP’s presence in national and international news outlets.
- Editorial calendar – lead the maintenance of an editorial calendar for the Climate team, guiding publication & dissemination timelines. Develop tailored dissemination plans for different research outputs and deliverables.
- Fundraising & reporting – work closely with the Climate team and senior leadership to develop proposals and donor reports; this will include active listening and editing to ensure that narrative pieces connect to strategy.
- Campaigns – develop and execute social media and media campaigns on urgent and impactful issues.
- Sharing data & analysis – work with program and research leads to lead communications efforts with the right data for persuasive storytelling.
- Digital media – Co-manage the CLASP website; contribute to the overall health & calendar of CLASP’s website, newsletter, and social media presence. Oversee quarterly updates to the website, working with others on the communications team.
- Stay in the game – monitor news for stories relevant to CLASP’s work, share broadly with the team, make sure CLASP has something to say about it, and keep a dedicated group of folks connected to the global dialogue.
Who You Are:
- An Exceptional, Strategic Communicator. You are on the pulse of communications best practices and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You have the skills to convey information through writing, graphics, and visual storytelling, and know how to turn complex ideas into impactful and concise narratives.
- A Team Player. You aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and work hard for a finished product or desired outcome. You are quick to lend a hand, or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects or large strategic goals.
- An Effective Collaborator. You’re eager to work across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you have the ability to operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You’re not afraid to ask questions.
- An Abundant Thinker. You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make improbable things happen. You bring curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
- A Convener. You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to support our climate work.
- Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of CLASP and are passionate about climate change mitigation and sustainability. You believe that effective and strategic communications are essential for furthering that work.
- Committed to Inclusion. You’re always asking, “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts. You deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
What you’ll need:
- 4+ years of overall professional experience.
- Ability to implement complex projects. You’re a confident project manager, leading and executing a portfolio of interconnected projects with close attention to detail across multiple stakeholders.
- A Learning Mindset. You desire continuous improvement, have an innate sense of curiosity, and are grounded by a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth.
- Background or experience in international development, climate change, energy, and/or other intersectional environmental and/or human rights issues.
- Comfortable with various communications software and applications – we use Zoho campaigns (newsletters); WordPress (website); Adobe (graphic design); Canva (graphic design); Sprout Social (social media); etc.
- A visual eye – understanding of how photography & data drive storytelling and can make it happen.
- A passion for, and interest in, mitigating climate change.
Why this role is compelling
You will be exposed to a wide range of people and issues in the climate and energy sectors, as well as the internal infrastructure and operations of a global NGO.
A successful candidate will take a broad set of professional skills to the next level, honing them in a demanding and fast-paced environment. You will work with, learn from, and grow alongside a high-performing and diverse team in which everyone is committed to the development of themselves and others.
This role is intended to serve as a professional development path for you. There is high potential for the role to evolve within two to three years based on the particular strengths that you bring to the team, making this an invaluable opportunity to further your career in the climate sector.
Compensation and Location
CLASP provides its employees with a competitive salary that is benchmarked annually with other non-profit organizations in the DC metropolitan area. CLASP also provides a comprehensive benefits package, including fully paid health insurance for individuals and competitive rates for families/dependents, unlimited leave and all federal holidays, an impressive match of employee contributions to the 403b retirement plan and a collegial office environment that supports professional development, wellness and flexible telecommuting options.
Compensation for this role starts at $75K and can increase based on the candidate’s level of experience.
The Communications Senior Associate will work in CLASP’s DC office, and will work collaboratively with CLASP team members in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. This will sometimes require working early mornings or late nights, to accommodate time differences.
How to ApplyThe Application Process
- CLASP has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please visit https://equitablehiringgroup.applytojob.com/apply/eekULrLTpj/Climate-Communications-Senior-Associate.
- Individuals who apply by Wednesday, June 16th will be given priority; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after that date until the position is filled.
- When you apply, please remove the names of your undergraduate and graduate schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume, but simplify it to “B.A. Economics,” for example. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school). This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.
- Mid-June: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
- Late June: Video interview with CLASP Staff
- Early July: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
- Mid-July: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member group interview via video conference. (*due to COVID-19, we will be conducting all interviews via video for the near future)
- Candidate references will also be checked at this step
- Late July: Offer extended