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Director External Affairs

Clean Energy Council

Closing date 10 December 2021

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[email protected]

Employment Type

Full Time

A unique opportunity to take on a pivotal strategic leadership role, driving the Clean Energy Council's (CEC) external affairs strategy while leading an exceptionally capable Policy and Advocacy team at the CEC.

About us
The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy industry in Australia. We represent and work with hundreds of leading businesses operating in solar, wind, hydro, distributed energy, transmission and distribution, energy storage and clean hydrogen along with over 7,000 solar installers. We are committed to accelerating the transformation of Australia’s energy system to one that is smarter and cleaner.

About the role
Reporting to the EGM Industry Services, and working closely with the Chief Executive, the Director External Affairs will lead an exceptional team undertaking policy development and analysis and lead and facilitate the clean energy industries political advocacy and engagement with politicians, officials, agencies, regulators, and stakeholders across all levels of government and major stakeholders.

The key objectives of the Director External Affairs role are:

  • Responsibility for the development and execution of CEC’s political advocacy strategy and critical campaigns to engage and influence policy & regulatory decisions for the clean energy industry.
  • Significant leadership position working closely with the CEO, a position on the Strategic Leadership Team, and playing an active role in supporting the effective operations of CEC.
  • Develop and oversee CEC’s external relations including media, reputation management, strategic partnerships and public profile.
  • Active advocate and spokesperson on critical issues on behalf of the Australian clean energy industry, working closely with the CEO, EGM Industry Services, media, marketing team and policy team in communications and advocacy activities.
  • Lead, coordinate and facilitate political and public advocacy including working with and influencing the highest level of federal and state decision makers.
  • Lead and manage the well-established and sophisticated policy team and CECs evidence-based policy, analysis and industry engagement.
  • Ensure quality, relevant policy activity across generation, market and grid, energy storage, hydro, and DER and lead development of carbon policy.
  • Oversee strong industry and member engagement to ensure high level of service to CECs member.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience working with governments and politicians essential; experience in a state or federal Ministerial office would be highly regarded.
  • High-level communication skills and ability to effectively engage with and influence stakeholders.
  • Strong people management and team leadership experience along with operational and organisational leadership skills.
  • Strategic acumen with demonstrated experience in advocacy, campaign experience and stakeholder engagement.
  • A natural ability to quickly build rapport and strong networks with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Robust understanding of the current Australian political, legal and policy landscape.
  • Knowledge of carbon markets and voluntary abatement schemes.
  • Experience leading teams and strong people management capability.
  • Advocacy experience desirable.
  • Media experience highly regarded.
  • Qualifications in political science, public policy, economics, law, or a related field.

In return for your outstanding work ethic and motivation, you will be rewarded with:

  • the opportunity to be at the forefront of Australia’s clean energy industry
  • a competitive salary package.
  • a fabulous team environment
  • passionate and driven, value-based organisation.

If you feel you have what it takes to be successful in this role, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed progressively and close on Friday 26 November 2021. Please note, only successful applicants will be notified.