Global Climate Communications Coordinator
CLASP seeks an early-career communications professional to support CLASP’s climate change mitigation portfolio, in particular the Clean Lighting Coalition. This position provides opportunities to grow your skills in writing, media engagement, business development and much more.
Washington, D.C. | Full Time | Apply by: 27 July 2022
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 Communications Team
CLASP’s communications team ensures that the role of super-efficient appliances in climate change mitigation efforts is well-promoted and shared. They work closely with our program team to tell stories about the impacts of CLASP’s work and how investments in appliance efficiency benefit people and the planet. The team ensures that CLASP’s communication materials are clear, informative and impactful, and work with like-minded partners to promote energy efficiency as an effective and reliable way to limit climate-changing emissions.
About the Role – Global Climate Communications Coordinator
CLASP is seeking an early-career communications professional who is ready to take their experience to the next level with our growing team. The Coordinator will support CLASP’s climate change mitigation portfolio, which focuses on data-driven, cost-effective interventions to mitigate the climate crisis and promote uptake of super-efficient technologies. In particular, this position will contribute to CLASP’s coordination of the 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. This position will help keep CLASP’s communications team timely and on target, and you’ll have opportunities to grow your skills in writing, media engagement, business development and much more.
The Coordinator will work in CLASP’s Washington office, and will work collaboratively with CLASP team members in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, conducting critical communications tasks and ensuring others on the communications team are set up to develop and execute objectives successfully. This will sometimes require working early mornings or late nights, to accommodate time differences.
Your Responsibilities Will Include:
- Developing communications materials for news announcements, research reports and/or policy tools.
- Designing and formatting reports, blog posts, and other publications following brand guidelines.
- Writing and scheduling social media content for Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
- Contributing to upcoming communications campaigns (e.g. preparing partner toolkits; planning Twitter chats and/or webinars).
- Developing and coordinating content for our bi-monthly newsletters; schedule newsletters and coordinate inputs.
- Coordinating across teams to ensure consistent programmatic support on communications
- Contributing to the development of new graphics and data visualization tools for use on social media and the website.
- Supporting regular donor reporting and fundraising efforts, from helping program team members fine-tune narratives to researching new potential donors.
- Managing critical program administrative tasks and day-to-day activities that ensure program impacts (e.g., develop and maintain contact databases, tracking online content engagement via Sprout Social and Google Analytics).
- Researching innovative ways to communicate our initiatives through local/regional media outlets
Who You Are:
- An Exceptional Communicator.You 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. 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 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.
- Flexible. You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren’t afraid to step outside your 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.”
- 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 effective and strategic communications is essential for furthering that work.
What You’ll Need:
- 1-3 years of overall professional experience
- Strong writer; must be able to write about complex and technical content without losing the big picture.
- Proven ability to take tell stories in a variety of formats: web, print narratives and briefs, digital media, and social media
- Good visual eye; must be able to reproduce CLASP brands across multi- media
- Ability to handle multiple deadlines and complete assignments with minimal supervision in a fast-paced workplace.
- Impeccable organization and attention to detail. You get satisfaction from producing polished work and managing smooth and orderly processes.
- 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 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 and campaign focused on a UN environmental convention.
A successful candidate will develop and grow a broad set of professional skills, 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 launch your communications career in the climate sector.
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. Compensation for this role starts at $52K 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 on this link.
Individuals who apply by Wednesday, July 27th 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 best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.
The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
- Late July: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions
- Early August: Video interview with CLASP Staff
- Mid-August: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed trial assignment
- Late August: Finalists will participate in a multi-team member panel
- Candidate references will also be checked at this step
- Early September: Offer extended
If you have any questions about the opportunity, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.