Communications, Coordinator

Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
Closing Date: 
Wed, 02/28/2018

CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

Communications Coordinator

Appliances are a big part of our lives. Smart phones keep us connected. Heating, cooling, and lighting improve productivity and safety. Refrigeration protects the food we harvest and eat. Without much thought, we interact with energy- and resource-consuming products every day.

CLASP serves as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From enabling the off-grid solar technologies that power energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, our programs and services accelerate the availability and affordability of super-efficient, high quality appliances, maximizing energy services and minimizing environmental costs. 

On the grid, 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. Off the grid, energy efficient appliances pair with solar-home systems or mini-grids to increase the availability and affordability of energy. Radically reducing the cost of off-grid energy through efficient appliances improves educational, health, and economic outcomes for the world’s poorest people, while moving all of us closer to a cleaner, renewably-powered energy economy.

How We Work

Since 1999, CLASP has worked in nearly 100 countries taking three primary approaches:

  • Policy & Analysis: smart policy moves markets towards more energy-efficient and higher quality appliances, from LEDs to cookstoves. We work hand-in-hand with governments to structure rigorous energy and quality standards that promote innovation and competition, and with manufacturers, consumers, and others to label and deploy stand-out products.
  • Market Development & Innovation: Incentivizing good appliances to buyers up and down the supply chain reduces risk for everyone, and builds up markets that are weak or disorganized. Innovative products — from refrigeration for off-grid consumers to the switch to DC power and the internet of things — are game changers for how we all use energy.
  • Global Collaboration: CLASP serves at the epicenter of ambitious and collaborative efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change and make the world sustainable for all. Our cross-cutting research, online tools, trainings, and stakeholder coalitions make best practices available to everybody, amplifying our efforts and impact.

Position Description

CLASP seeks a Communications Coordinator to support a variety of projects aimed at sharing the valuable work being carried out by CLASP staff. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be able to work with a variety of stakeholders, know how to turn complex ideas into engaging stories, and be committed to the ideals of CLASP.

CLASP is a fast-paced, international, and highly-collegial work environment. We are looking for someone who is eager to be part of a dynamic and collaborative team. You will learn quickly on the job and be able to contribute to enhancing the overall communications function of the organization.

This is an ideal position for someone wanting to kickstart their career in communications while working for an organization focused on making the world a better place.

Do you have what it takes to grow and develop your skills as you contribute to the mission-driven work of CLASP?

Primary Position Responsibilities:

The Communications Coordinator will contribute their skills to a number of key projects.  These might include the following:

Business-to Business Communications: CLASP facilitates good business-to business communications as part of its core work. We tell people about what we do through newsletters, presentations, or other written correspondence. You would need to be able to adapt your writing style to these audiences and channels.

Communicating Research: Over the next two years, CLASP will produce a significant body of market, technical and policy research.  You will be able to help the team with the writing style, tone and presentation of the reports but also in telling our key audiences about the research through a wide range of channels. This might mean repurposing the content for social media, presentations, our website, media releases, or articles in specialist magazines. 

Stories and Case Studies: From coming up with new ways to monitor the energy use of individual appliances to launching clean cookstoves projects in Uganda, CLASP is up to some really interesting stuff and we want people to know about it. Our teams require support with turning these stories into articles and case studies for a variety of audiences, including the CLASP Board, donors, international agencies and partner organizations.  

Proposal Development and Donor Reporting: At CLASP, we fundraise so that we can lead a dynamic research agenda and do good program work, so that our programs have impact. Through this we aim to help people and the planet. We set out to create opportunities for ourselves to do more good work, so we fundraise a lot, and everyone is involved.  You would have an important role to play in helping us to do this more effectively. We are looking for someone who has a zeal for quality.

Natural Collaborator:  We need someone who can work well with others and make great stuff happen. We collaborate with graphic designers, copy editors, photo editors and other communications, fundraising consultants and CLASP’s program teams to ensure quality, accurate and timely knowledge exchange. The person we are looking for will be able to contribute to our productive partnerships inside and outside the organization.

Job Qualifications:

  • Previous communications experience and/or a relevant tertiary qualification.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability in being able to take complex ideas and turn them into compelling stories. 
  • Experience with working with digital media or social media is a plus.
  • Some experience in working on funding proposals would be an asset, although this is not mandatory.
  • You may have experience in non-profit, clean energy access, science or academic field — it’s an advantage but not essential.  However, a drive to learn and grow in the job is something we look for in all our staff.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel essential.

Job Details

Salary is commensurate with experience.  CLASP offers competitive benefits, including a collegial office environment that supports wellness and flexible telecommuting options after a certain period of employment.  This position is full-time and based in the organization's Washington, D.C. office. Occasional travel, as well as evening or weekend hours, may be required. We are an equal opportunity employer.  

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and writing sample via CLASP’s website. The writing sample should demonstrate how you can turn technical information into engaging copy and be no more than two pages.