US Climate Policy Manager

CLASP is seeking an energy or environmental policy professional to manage, execute, and grow our US portfolio with the goal to push the US to meet its electrification and net-zero goals.

Washington, DC | Full Time | Apply by: 10 November 2022 for priority review

About the Organization

CLASP focuses on appliance & equipment energy performance and quality, to mitigate and adapt to climate change, expand access to clean energy, and improve lives. We serve at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for 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. We work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations, and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, least resource-intensive appliances possible.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. We have offices in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; and New Delhi, India, with additional teams in Europe, China, and Indonesia.

We are mission-driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impactful work. See our Team Page to learn more about us.

CLASP’s Climate Team

CLASP’s Climate program supports ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change through appliance and equipment energy efficiency. We work in partnership with policymakers and other key stakeholders in dozens of countries—from Brazil to Indonesia, the EU to China—with support from a diverse group of funders.

As our global portfolio continues to grow, we are expanding our team to ensure we can assist countries to meet their climate goals and deliver ambitious energy and carbon emission reductions.

About the Role

As a Manager on the Climate Team, you will manage, execute, and grow our ambitious US portfolio. The US Manager will lead technical advocacy efforts to drive ambitious federal appliance standards, promote adoption of heat pumps at the state level, and enhance our focus on equity and environmental justice, with the goal to push the US to meet its electrification and net-zero goals.

Along with CLASP’s broader US climate portfolio, this position will support the implementation of CLASP’s Clean Lighting Coalition, a global campaign to leverage expert knowledge and clean lighting stakeholders to transition global markets to safe, cost-effective, and energy-saving LED lighting through the removal of fluorescent lamp exemptions in the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The US Manager will implement the campaign US strategy, focused on state-level clean lighting bills and federal efforts to eliminate fluorescents from the US market.

The Manager will be based in CLASP’s Washington, DC office and will work collaboratively with CLASP team members across the globe to attain high mitigation impacts within the US context, providing the team and organization with insights and extensive knowledge to achieve results.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and implement a national strategy that keeps the big picture in mind: Conduct and roll out programs within the larger context of CLASP, partner, and sector efforts to make appliances as planet-neutral and people-positive as possible.
  • Establish productive partnerships: Build support among key stakeholders including government decision-makers, product companies and trade associations, and bilateral and multilateral donor organizations.
  • Guide implementation: Design research specifications, monitoring and evaluation metrics, terms of reference, and work plans.
  • Communicate: Work with CLASP’s communications team to prepare and disseminate compelling stories of program success, research outcomes, lessons learned, etc.
  • Track progress: Monitor and evaluate the progress of project activities, identify opportunities for improvement, and communicate about progress to donors and external stakeholders.

Who You Are

  • An Effective Collaborator. You’ve successfully worked 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.
  • Flexible. You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren’t afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You’re comfortable with shifting schedules and don’t expect every day to go “as planned.”
  • A Humble Teammate. Nothing is beneath or above you. You are quick to always lend a hand or two! You are able to earn influence without authority and naturally seek to support both small projects and large strategic goals.
  • 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 relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.
  • Mission-oriented. You believe in the mission of CLASP and are passionate about climate change, energy efficiency, and creating a more sustainable world. You believe that technical advocacy, partnership, and support to policymakers are essential for furthering that work.

What You’ll Need

  • 6+ years of overall professional experience in energy or environmental policy, particularly working on appliance efficiency within the US context.
  • Experience managing staff, contractors, and relationships with clients and/or funders.
  • Experience managing projects and budgets, and developing proposals.
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and complete assignments with minimal supervision in a fast-paced workplace.
  • Impeccable organization: you are highly detail-oriented, and someone who gets a real sense of satisfaction from producing polished work and managing smooth and orderly processes.
  • Persuasive communication skills, both verbal and written; excellent written and spoken English a must.
  • A commitment to diversity and 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, and you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.

Why This Role is Compelling

You will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of issues in the climate and energy sectors while leveraging your skills and experience of national and state-level work. In particular, you will have the chance to integrate yourself into a global campaign, supporting the implementation of policy in favor of human and environmental health.

A successful candidate will bring a depth of knowledge to the job, a passion for impactful work, and a willingness to grow and learn alongside a high-performing and diverse team in which everyone is committed to the development of themselves and others.

Compensation and Location

CLASP provides its employees with a highly 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.

This position is full-time, and you must be already based in, or be willing to relocate to, the Washington D.C. region.  The expectation for this role will be in the office at least five days a month. Since we are living through a global pandemic, we can be flexible on relocation timelines and may be able to offer a small amount of relocation assistance. The range for this role is $80-110K.

The Application Process

CLASP has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please visit Manager, US Climate Policy – Equitable Hiring Group – Career Page (

Individuals who apply by Thursday, November 10th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume and leave your degree as is; simplify it to “B.A. Economics” for example. Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. 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.

If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. CLASP complies with all federal, state and local employment law in the countries we operate and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, disability, political affiliation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, military or protected veteran status, credit information or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated based on personal skill and merit. CLASP’s policy regarding equal employment opportunity applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, job assignments, promotions, working conditions, scheduling, benefits, wage and salary administration, disciplinary action, termination, and social, educational and recreational programs.


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