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Director - Climate & Energy Program


Employer: The Australia Institute
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Environment & Sustainability, Executive & Senior Management, Green Energy, Management, Media & Arts, Policy & Research
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 05 December, 2017.
Applications close: 19 January, 2018.

The Australia Institute is Australia’s leading progressive independent think tank. The Institute’s Climate & Energy program brings together our prominent work on the fossil fuel industry, renewable energy, energy market reform and climate policy, together with the legacy work of The Climate Institute following its closure in June 2017.

We are looking for an experienced leader with a sophisticated understanding of the climate and energy landscape, both domestically and internationally, to drive a program of research that has a real political impact. We believe it’s important to be as much ‘tank’ as we are ‘think’ and you will manage a Climate & Energy Program that not only leads the debate into new terrain, but has impact and sparks reform here and overseas.

We are looking for a doer, someone who enjoys working with a high-performing team to get results and create impact.

The Successful applicant will:

  • Develop and drive the direction of the Climate & Energy Program, anticipate opportunities, spot gaps in research or strategy and develop a work program with the Research Director to match it;
  • Support high-performing staff with everything they need to keep developing and succeeding in their roles;
  • Developing and maintain relationships and networks to ensure the Program’s research has political impact;
  • Manage and drive media coverage of the research of the Climate & Energy program, protect and enhance the Institute as a leading authority within the climate and energy space, represent the Institute in public and in the media;
  • Work with the Communications Director to develop strategic communications materials for parliamentarians, policy makers, supporters and other stakeholders;
  • Work with the ED to develop and drive the research and political strategy of the Climate & Energy Program;
  • Be responsible for managing budget, contracting, evaluation and reporting to stakeholders, Executive Director and Board for all key projects e.g. annual Climate of the Nation report;
  • Support fundraising activities. 

Selection Criteria

  • University qualifications or at least 7 years relevant experience in a senior executive, communications, journalism and/or campaigning role. Media advocacy experience will be viewed favourably.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the Australian media and political landscape, in particular the history and challenges of climate and energy policy.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to act as the public face of the Program.
  • Experience managing multiple staff and delivering projects with competing priorities and tight deadlines.

The position will be offered full time, on a one-year term-limited basis, with the possibility for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications are especially invited from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people of colour, people with disabilities, and other marginalised communities.

How to apply for this job

Applications for the role must include a current CV with a cover letter that tells us about you and your motivation for working at The Australia Institute and clearly describes your experience, knowledge, skills and abilities in relation to the selection criteria as detailed in the position description.

Please forward applications (including contact information, qualifications, experience and names and contact details for two references) in confidence to ebony@tai.org.au, using the subject line: Director - Climate and Energy program application via EthicalJobs. Any supporting documents should be attached in pdf format. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by e-mail. Only candidates selected for an interview will then be contacted.

Applications close 5pm Friday 19th January 2018.

Interviews will be conducted in Canberra the end Jan/start Feb 2018.

Supporting materials  Director Climate & Energy Program December 2017.pdf