After a long time of advocating for more renewables in Australia the pace has finally started to pick up. The speed and scale of renewable development occurring throughout Australia has grown the need to ensure that the transition to clean energy is both fast and FAIR.
Let’s not do renewables as another extractive industry for Australia – let’s do it WELL, in ways that really involve local people and deliver lasting value to host communities.
The Community Power Agency is growing to meet this important need and we would love for you to consider joining our team at this exciting time to influence pivotal change in the energy sector.
About Community Power Agency
Community Power Agency is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to drive a faster and fairer transition to clean energy. We believe all Australians, regardless of where they live or what they earn, should have the right and the opportunity to participate in the clean energy transition, and by involving them we build the strong groundswell of support needed to facilitate a rapid transition to a clean energy future.
Our small dynamic team delivers advocacy, innovation, advice and capacity building to achieve our mission. We are a radically different organisation as a workers co-operative with both advocacy and fee-for-service work streams. We specialise in supporting communities navigate the complex process of developing their own clean energy projects and focus on building the capacity within communities, industry and government while fostering collaboration. We also work to address the systemic barriers facing the sector as a whole and play an active role in bringing socially-responsible, community beneficial business models into the Australian renewable energy market.
- Position: Engagement Coordinator – Renewable Energy Zones
- Salary (FTE): $80,925 per annum pro-rata plus 10.5% superannuation
- Location: Strong preference for Armidale (Anaiwan Nganyaywana Country), however Community Power Agency has a flexible approach to working, with all staff working remotely and for the right candidate will consider candidates outside of this area if able to travel to Armidale monthly.
- Time commitment: 4 days (30hrs/week). Must be able to work Tuesdays and ideally Fridays
- Contract period: 12-month position, with view to extend pending funding
- Travel: Within New England area required at least monthly and nationally on occasion
We are looking for an Engagement Coordinator to work in the New England area helping to enable best practice renewable energy development and the strategic and collaborative establishment of the Renewable Energy Zone with the community.
Community Power Agency is passionate about supporting regional communities to participate in the transition to clean energy. With the increasing number of large scale renewable energy projects being planned for the New England region and stimulating policies such as the Renewable Energy Zone, the New England Region is embarking on a once in generation level of change. CPA is working to ensure that regional communities are central to the design of this change and are informed and empowered to guide development for their region’s future.
To deliver this work the Engagement Coordinator will work with community organisations, Councils, training organisations, businesses, industry groups and renewable energy developers.
Here’s what your role might look like week to week:
- Stakeholder meetings – You facilitate a meeting with community members or host one on one meetings with key regional stakeholders such as the chair of chamber of commerce, MP’s, Mayors etc..
- Facilitating forums – You co-design a forum with regional stakeholders to find common ground, inspire and collaborate initiatives to improve renewable energy development. You develop and deliver powerpoint presentations in an engaging way.
- Logistics and event management – You organise and manage calendar invites and bookings with many stakeholders, booking venues/equipment and coordinating catering.
- Writing – You identify key knowledge gaps and produce targeted content such as factsheets and briefing notes for different stakeholder groups.
- Connecting the dots – You see the web of stakeholder interests and seek to identify action for mutual benefit between groups. You initiate one on one meetings with project developers operating in the region and create connections between industry and local and state government agencies.
- Be cool as a cucumber – The region is embarking on an unprecedented level of landscape change. Change without control, input or agency can threaten and unsettle humans and so in this context CPA seeks to empower the community to direct the change for the betterment of the region. You will be supported by a team of seasoned community engagers to problem solve, create and succeed with, but you will be the primary engagement person on the ground.
- Work collaboratively with other CPA staff to project manage and design initiatives for building capacity for doing renewables better primarily in New England region (NSW).
- Contribute learnings and project time to the delivery of capacity building initiatives to the Gippsland renewable energy zone in Victoria.
- Identify, engage and build relationships with regional stakeholders to improve the social and environmental outcomes of renewable energy development in a REZ.
- Proactively identify and respond to strategic external opportunities to further the objective of making renewables better for regional communities hosting a REZ.
- Actively collaborate with other relevant stakeholders such as RE-Alliance.
- Undertake relevant research, co-development of funding proposals and meeting funding reporting requirements.
- Support the smooth functioning of Community Power Agency with other tasks as required.
The CPA team works on a diverse range of projects, so while these tasks will be your primary responsibility there may be times we need you to help out on our other projects. These could involve contributing to designing or assessing social licence strategy or community benefit schemes for government energy programs, researching the energy profile of a council area and suggesting appropriate community energy models or actively supporting community groups and councils to deliver community energy projects.
People that will thrive in CPA are:
- Motivated by values & mission for positive change
- Highly self motivated
- Enjoy collaboration both within our organisation and externally
- Task orientated and organised
- Interested in modeling more democratic ways of working
- Reliable and can be counted on to deliver
Theses are the criteria we are looking for in a successful applicant and will be used to frame the questions we ask you to respond to in the application below.
- Knowledgeable about climate and energy justice: You care about the planet and are committed to realising a fairer future where everyone can access and benefit from renewables. Ideally, you have experience of community energy and/or community engagement in the renewables sector.
- Great at managing projects: comfortable connecting with people from any background, delivering tasks efficiently and effectively, planning meetings and reporting to funders for projects varying in size and complexity.
- Community engagement skills: You are experienced in designing and delivering community engagement programs that are highly responsive to the context you are operating in.
- Excellent communicator and collaborator: you can get your point across clearly and concisely, you are adept at using social media, a confident public speaker and skilled at writing reports and engagement plans. You enjoy networking and connecting with a range of stakeholders, including donors, community groups, government and the CPA team both in person and online. You value working collaboratively in partnership with others to achieve shared goals.
- Experienced facilitator: you know how to design and facilitate inclusive and dynamic meetings and workshops to maximise outcomes and enjoyment, both online and in person sessions from 2 hours to 2 days. Strong ability to adapt plans and processes.
- Proactive, can do attitude & diplomatic when required: You have a high level of initiative and ability to be self-motivated, responsive and flexible with a proven track record of working independently and remotely. You can solve roadblocks and successfully manage competing demands while remaining calm and diplomatic in difficult or conflict conversations.
- Authentic and reflective: You value belonging to an organisation that fosters personal and professional growth in its members. You have experience working within a co-op, the non-profit or social enterprise sector and are comfortable with a flat management structure where everyone contributes and holds responsibilities.
- Understanding of large scale renewable energy development process in NSW or VIC
- Research experience
- Digitally savvy: experience in google suite, Asana, and social media tools
We encourage you to apply even if you don’t have 100% of the selection criteria characteristics. A passion for the work and an eagerness to learn are the most important things.
Our values and how we work
Community Power Agency is a workers cooperative – a business entity that is owned and controlled by the workers. Employees of the cooperative actively contribute to the direction the business takes. The work we choose to do and why, is directed by the employees – their shared values, hopes and visions – as well as by a mutual responsibility and care for the cooperative.
We strive for egalitarianism. We have a flat management structure and as such, we all take responsibility for holding ourselves and each other to account. A key part of this commitment is our policy of pay equity. We believe that people are inherently of equal value, so instead of paying some people more, we have sought to share/ redistribute responsibility, power and knowledge. Instead of a typical line of management we build people’s capacity, skills and confidence through mentoring, working collaboratively, and opening up opportunities for passionate people to ‘give it a go’.
CPA recognise that the way we make change is as important as the outcomes. We are supportive, honest and transparent in the way we work internally and externally. We offer pro-rata public holiday leave so regardless of whether your normal work day falls on a public holiday you receive the pro-rata additional leave. As a nimble, dynamic and dispersed team, we put energy into remaining connected as best we can. We invest in getting together face-to-face twice a year to evaluate, strategise and connect as a team. We are continuously improving our way of operating, to address issues and challenges as they arise.
How to apply
We use an online form to collate applications so that we can easily assess on merit and values alignment, separately to looking at your CV.
We strive to be an equal opportunity employer; First Nations people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and LGBTIQ people are encouraged to apply.
- To be considered for this position, applicants should have current working rights for Australia.
- We respectfully request that recruitment agencies do not submit applications for this position.
Applications close at 9am Thursday 15th December 2022.
We will be contacting shortlisted applicants by Friday 17th December and conducting interviews on Tuesday 20th December.