Sustainable Energy Association
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Policy Advisor (Full-Time)
Location: Central Birmingham, West Midlands
Closing Date: 21st June 2019
NB: APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A FULL COVERING LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Package: Competitive + benefits and 23 days annual leave
Are you interested in the transition to the low carbon economy? Do you have a passion for sustainability? Do you want to make a difference?
The Sustainable Energy Association is a member-based industry body. In a world of finite resources, it exists to help create living and working spaces fit for future generations. Our work seeks to align the interests of business, politicians and consumers to make this a reality. We have built close working relationships at senior levels of politics and have established ourselves as a 'go-to' body on policy issues and demonstrated our ability to shape policy decisions. We care deeply about ensuring the buildings that we live and work in are energy efficient, low carbon and warm. Finally, the impact of climate change is being recognised and at the SEA we are dedicated to ensuring that the future of our planet is both different and better. We want our new recruit to share that passion.
The role sits within a small, dynamic and impactful team. Reporting to the Chief Executive of the SEA, the successful applicant will be instrumental in shaping energy policy by providing objective, evidence-based policy positions which influence how we think about, generate and use energy. Our work is designed to affect change at a national level and to ensure that we transition to a low carbon economy, protect our environment and minimise the impact of climate change.
You will provide members with up-to-date information, analysis and insight into policy and develop policy ideas and proposals. You will be expected to develop a detailed understanding of sustainable energy policy and political issues impacting it. You will have excellent organisational skills; demonstrate exceptional written and oral communication; be able to build strong relationships internally and externally; and feel confident communicating your ideas appropriately at all levels of the organisations that we engage with, including with parliamentarians, civil servants and industry leaders. This is a great opportunity for an individual to really make their mark and work within a highly motivated team to help save our planet.
a) Relationship Building - an important part of the role is to develop successful relationships with our members, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders. You will be able to build strong relationships internally and externally; you will be a successful team player who is committed to working collaboratively. These relationships will depend on you becoming recognised as a policy expert and in you investing time in understanding the objectives of our members and of policy makers and how the SEA can help them achieve those objectives.
b) Communication and Public Speaking - we need to be able to convert complex issues into easily understood analysis, reports and presentations. We regularly develop and publish high quality reports proposing policy solutions to Government. You will therefore need to have excellent written and oral communication skills and feel confident communicating your ideas appropriately at all levels of the organisations that we engage with. This will include leading and presenting at meetings, roundtables, and conferences attended by SEA members, politicians and Government officials.
c) Organisation and time management - the nature of our work requires an ability to handle competing priorities/deadlines. We are looking for someone who is well organised and can develop and implement work plans to ensure that our tight deadlines are met. The successful candidate will also have the flexibility to cope with occasional anti-social working hours (typically evenings rather than weekends). There will be regular travel to London to represent the organisation at meetings with Government departments. Travel throughout the UK will also be required as we regularly visit our members at their sites all over the UK. We also have regular engagement with devolved governments and regions and speak at events. Overnight stays are required at times.
d) Experience and Qualifications - the successful applicant will have a first class or 2:1 level degree. The salary and level of responsibility can be flexed depending on experience, so a candidate with significant relevant experience can expect a higher salary and more responsibility. Experience and understanding of energy policy, government processes, the decarbonisation agenda and/or public affairs would be advantageous, but we would consider candidates with less experience if they have the right aptitude and are keen to develop.
e) Passion and dedication - at the Sustainable Energy Association we care deeply about ensuring the buildings that we live and work in are energy efficient, low carbon and warm. We are dedicated to ensuring that the future of our planet is both different and better and we want you to share that passion.
What we offer in return
Aside from a competitive personal reward package, the successful applicant can look forward to a great working environment and excellent opportunities to operate at a high level. We provide early exposure to high levels of discussion with our members and political and industry stakeholders. Expect to have a high profile and become a known policy expert in our industry within a short space of time.
The post is based at our modern and vibrant office in the centre of Birmingham, West Midlands.
How to apply:
Please apply with CV and full covering letter to: . The closing date for applications is 21st June 2019.