Communications Manager,
Clean Energy Access

CLASP is seeking a creative, seasoned professional to lead communications for our portfolio of clean energy access initiatives.

Washington, D.C. or Nairobi, Kenya | Full Time

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. See our Team Page to learn more about us.

The Ideal Candidate

CLASP is seeking a creative, seasoned professional to lead communications for our portfolio of clean energy access initiatives. CLASP’s clean energy access programs seek to catalyze the uptake of high quality, life-transforming, energy efficient appliances for the world’s poorest people, in support of Sustainable Development Goal 7 – affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. CLASP’s portfolio is comprised of three unique, well-established brands: Efficiency for Access, the Global LEAP Awards, and VeraSol Quality Assurance.

A successful candidate will demonstrate dedication to CLASP’s mission and theory of change and understand how impactful communications can further that mission. They’ll provide strategic communications guidance for teams throughout the organization and manage a team to deliver compelling products for our digital platforms (websites, newsletters, social media). The candidate will work closely with CLASP’s Chief Communications & Development Officer to contribute to fundraising, donor management, organizational outreach, and furthering the CLASP brand.

The successful candidate will be an excellent writer and editor and know how to turn complex ideas into impactful and concise narratives. They 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. Candidates with experience in the clean energy access sector strongly preferred; those with experience in international development broadly, renewable energy, sustainable development, and/or energy efficiency may also be considered.

This position will report to the Chief Communications & Development Officer, who based in Washington, DC.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership: Build strategic communications work plans in support of clean energy access programmatic objectives and guide day-to-day project implementation.
  • Lead a high-performing team: Oversee a dedicated communications workstream for CLASP’s Low Energy Inclusive Appliances program (a.k.a. Efficiency for Access), supervise an international team of communications staff, and facilitate ongoing training and professional development.
  • Communicate cutting edge research: Support our research team in packaging and messaging their reports for specific audiences for maximal impact, through newsletters, website stories or blogs, and presentations. Experience facilitating a complicated, matrixed editorial process a plus.
  • Generate compelling stories & case studies: Work with the program and research teams to turn 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.
  • Digital media management & engagement: Identify new opportunities to drive CLASP’s brand and message through our five unique web platforms. Maintain website editorial calendars and ensure the timely dissemination of programmatic developments.
  • Proposal development & donor reporting: Contribute to the expansion, continuity of CLASP’s clean energy access programing by supporting proposal development and fundraising activities, as well as reporting.
  • Track progress: Monitor and evaluate the performance of external communications products and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Connect: Make connections from CLASP’s clean energy access portfolio to related sectors (e.g. agriculture, women’s empowerment); to broader development goals; and the international agenda for climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Qualifications

  • A track record of achievement in communications, including international experience, with a preference for experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia. Directionally, we are looking for 4-6 years of previous communications experience.
  • Proven ability 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.
  • Good visual eye; must be able to reproduce CLASP and CLASP family of brands across multimedia.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and developing team members.
  • Experience writing for a donor audience and leading an editorial process with subject matter experts and teams on reporting or fundraising.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an orientation toward working in a collaborative environment; ability to maintain composure, flexibility, and a sense of humor under tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Candidates with experience in the clean energy access sector strongly preferred; those with experience in international development broadly, renewable energy, sustainable development, and/or energy efficiency may also be considered.

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 and outstanding 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 based in the Washington, D.C. or Nairobi, Kenya. Occasional international travel will be required (2 – 4 times per year).

How to Apply

Shortlist (www.shortlist.net) is our exclusive recruitment partner for this role. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is closed, though early applications are strongly encouraged. If you believe you meet the attributes and skills above, please apply here: https://www.shortlist.net/jobs/6256

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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