Clarkson will take the helm for the first match against Geelong in Tasmania, but will then head to the States to undertake a leadership course at Harvard University.
Football Operations GM Jason Burt says the pre-season competition is a good time to promote growth across the football club.
“While it is a great platform to get some experience into our younger players, we also see it as a chance to help our leaders and assistant coaches develop their skills and experience,” Burt said.
“It gives our assistant coaches exposure to the demands of coaching not only on game day but in the week leading in and taking charge of the football program.
“We’ve felt it’s really beneficial for the growth and development of the guys.”
Hawthorn will also rotate their captain during the JLT Community series, but the rotations are yet to be decided.