Energy and Low Carbon Project Officer
Fixed Term, Full Time
Up to £40,469 per annum
Closing Date: 28th October 2021
Please note this is a 2 year fixed term contract.
Essex County Council is committed to taking action on climate change. The Essex Climate Action Commission recently published its recommendations and has started work on action plans for delivering a wide range of bold and ambitious projects to tackle climate change and emissions across housing, energy, industry, land use and transport. A key part of these plans is our ambitions for Community Energy and the role that local communities can play in climate action.
In the last year ECC has supported a number of community energy groups to get founded and we have big ambitions to support the growth of this sector. We are now looking to recruit an ambitious, committed and energetic professional to the role of Climate Action Project Officer to lead ECC’s work on supporting community energy groups to develop and deliver ambitious plans for investment in renewable energy and low carbon projects. Essex needs to build a thriving network of community energy groups as part of its development of renewable energy generation and smart local energy systems in the county, bringing local communities together with the private and public sectors to get to net zero.
The post holder will be responsible for developing the community energy sector, building on the fantastic start that has already been made. This will include support to new groups who are just starting out, but also project management support to groups looking to deliver their first investments.
You must enjoy working in a fast paced environment, thrive on making things happen where the team is often breaking new ground and have the tenacity to work on a what is a complex and challenging issue. You will need to bring knowledge of climate action and community energy at a local level and ideally have knowledge of the potential for local smart energy systems. You will be confident in working with elected members, senior managers, communities, the energy network operator and private sector partners to drive forward new projects. You will understand data and finance and be comfortable thinking and working on novel ideas to tackle this exciting challenge.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:
Working with key stakeholders across local communities, the public and private sectors, you will support community energy groups and develop a pipeline of community led projects in low carbon technologies and renewable energy generation in Essex.
You will develop new capabilities for innovative financing and support of community energy projects and gain support for these within the Council and in anchor institutions. You will support the development of a Essex Community Energy representative body that provides a network for local groups and supports the sector to pursue more ambitious projects such as community ownership of solar farms.
You will maintain up-to-date knowledge of technological, legal and policy developments in the energy sector, particularly as they impact upon local energy and community energy opportunities. You will be confident in providing technical, financial and project development expertise relevant to the community energy sector.
You will also support in the preparation of business cases, briefings, Cabinet Member Actions and Key Decision papers for members as required, whilst working to clear objectives, producing plans that help to deliver the recommendations of the Essex Climate Action Commission
Knowledge, skills and experience
With education to degree level in a relevant environmental subject, and continuing professional development, you will be highly numerate, confident in analyzing data and information, with the ability to contextualize this into simple messaging, focused on actions. With this, you should be confident in communicating openly and with confidence on topics such as climate action and community energy.
You will have knowledge of the Energy and Low Carbon sector, and experience of renewable energy and low carbon technology project development relevant to the community energy sector. Ideally you will have direct experience of working with the community energy sector.
You will have strong project management experience, ideally gained in a context relevant to working at a local level or in communities. You will also ideally have some knowledge and/or experience of public finance and procurement processes.
Above all, you will be a team player, persistent, resilient and professional, with high level of commitment and enthusiasm.
In return, we offer an excellent benefits package to all our employees. It is important to us that you have a healthy work/life balance, which is why we are proud to offer flexible working. The package also includes a clear career path which will encourage gifted, committed individuals to grow with the opportunity for progression and promotion, a local government pension scheme, minimum annual leave of 26 days per year, discounted shopping and much more. Find out more about our benefits here.
Apply and next steps
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