Efficient Appliances for People & the Planet


Communications Director

CLASP is seeking a communications director to lead communications, advocacy campaigns, and business development at CLASP.

Location: Options for remote and in-person in the US | Full-time | Apply by 23 March 2023 for priority

About the Organization

CLASP serves 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, lowest resource-intensive appliances possible.

CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. CLASP has offices in Washington, DC, Kenya, and India, with teams in Europe, China, and Indonesia. We are mission-driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impactful work. Learn more about us.

About the Role

CLASP is seeking a strategic professional to lead communications, advocacy campaigns, and business development at CLASP. A successful candidate will understand how communications further CLASP’s mission and theory of change. You are a persuasive communicator, skilled at distilling complex information into concise messages, able to adapt to evolving contexts and priorities, and able to move deftly from the details to the big picture.

The candidate will work closely with CLASP’s Chief Communications & Development Officer and lead a team of 3-5 people based in Nairobi, Kenya; New Delhi, India; the EU; and across the United States. In addition to managing and mentoring a communications team, you’ll provide strategic communications guidance for staff across the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership: Build communications strategies and oversee the development and implementation of communications work plans across the organization, guiding day-to-day implementation.
  • Develop & oversee the execution of campaign strategies: Work with program and research leads, external partners and subcontractors, CLASP leadership, donors, and other thought leaders on the development of campaign strategies; work with program and junior staff on their implementation.
  • Develop media relationships: Build CLASP’s media partners through regular engagement and pitching; mentor CLASP team members on effective media engagement.
  • Liaise with partners: Lead and/or support the development of communications and campaign coalitions, interfacing with partner NGOs, champions, subject matter experts, and influencers.
  • Lead a high-performing team: Oversee and mentor a dedicated, growing communications team.
  • Oversee subcontractors: With support from junior staff, ensure that CLASP communications subcontractors are appropriately oriented and/or engaged; ensure their work product is in line with the CLASP brand and objectives.
  • Ensure brand ecosystem health: Identify new opportunities to drive CLASP’s brand and messages through digital and other platforms. Work with junior staff to maintain and drive the editorial calendar; ensure timely launch and dissemination; steward resources; and provide quality control.
  • Business development: Contribute to the expansion and continuity of CLASP’s work through donor prospecting, proposal development, reporting, and donor engagement, in collaboration with CLASP’s senior leadership team.
  • Track progress: Monitor and evaluate the performance of external communications activities and identify opportunities for improvement; work with others on the communications team to fine-tune the systems for doing this.
  • Connect: Look for opportunities to connect with partners and others on CLASP’s work and overlapping goals.


  • A track record of achievement in strategic communications, including international experience. Directionally, we are looking for 6-8 years of previous communications experience.
  • Candidates with experience at the nexus of climate change mitigation and international development are strongly preferred. Those with experience in international conventions, energy efficiency, renewable energy, public policy, public health, sustainable development, agriculture and/or environmental/ecosystem management will also be a fit.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience developing, executing, and evaluating impactful communications campaigns and campaign strategies.
  • Proven ability to take complex, technical ideas and turn them into compelling messages and/or stories in a variety of formats: short digital formats, policy briefs, social media, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and mentoring staff.
  • Experience engaging and/or managing donors and developing fundraising materials.
  • Experience leading an internal editorial process with subject matter experts and teams.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an orientation toward working in a collaborative environment. Ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor. Ability to provide productive feedback at multiple levels, internally and externally. Experience working across time zones.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Microsoft Office Suite.

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 is a full-time position that can be based in places where CLASP is already legally registered: D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York, or Massachusetts. Exceptional candidates outside of these geographies may be considered. Candidates outside of the DC area will be expected to visit Washington DC for one week per quarter. It is currently customary for staff living in the DC area to come to the office about once a week, on Wednesdays. International travel will be required (approx. 3-4 times per year).

Compensation for this role starts at $117K and can increase based on the candidate’s level of experience.

The Application Process

CLASP has engaged Equitable Hiring Group to support this hiring process. To apply, please complete the short form here.

Individuals who apply by Thursday, March 23rd, 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-reduced” 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 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 abe@equitablehiringgroup.com.

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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