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National Director

Employer: Solar Citizens
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Environment & Sustainability, Green Energy, Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Australia-Wide

Job posted on: 08 August, 2019.
Applications close: 25 August, 2019.

Solar Citizens is seeking an experienced and passionate individual to lead our efforts to accelerate Australia’s transition to a fair, affordable, renewable-powered energy system. This is a rare opportunity to lead and grow a small, close-knit team in a nationally significant organisation through its next exciting phase and change the face of energy politics in Australia.

Reporting to the Steering Committee (board), the National Director is responsible for successful planning and implementation of campaigns, ensuring the financial health of the organisation, maintaining relationships with political decision-makers, media and donors, managing a team of staff, and overseeing governance and operational matters.

The right person for this role will have highly developed leadership and campaigning skills, be a savvy political and media operator and always be seeking to make the biggest contribution to accelerating our clean energy future.

The role would suit an experienced campaigner keen to take on a greater leadership role while maintaining a campaigning focus, or alternatively a manager or CEO who wants to continue in a leadership role but be able to highly involved in campaign delivery in a small and focused organisation.

About Solar Citizens

Solar Citizens represents the millions of Australian households who are powering their lives with the sun and the vast majority who of Australians who support the transition to renewable energy. We obsessively pursue the largest opportunities to bring on-line as much renewable energy- large and small- as quickly as possible to avoid the climate crisis. We are a charity funded by individual and philanthropic donations and our campaigns and activities are people-powered.

Our vision is for an Australia powered by 100% renewable energy, where every person can generate, share and access clean, affordable and reliable power from the sun, wind and waves.

After a recent review of the organisation’s campaigns and organisational model, we intend to focus most of our efforts on accelerating the deployment of renewable energy jobs and investment in Queensland, which has great potential but faces a dramatic contraction of its renewable energy industry without interventions ahead of, and following the next Queensland election in October 2020.

In addition to this deep work in Queensland we will also communicate nationally the story of the likely collapse in renewable energy jobs and investment with the conclusion of the national renewable energy target; and we’ll stand up for solar if barriers are put in the way of Australians going solar.

With rapid growth to 119,000 supporters since launch in 2013 and with energy dominating Australia’s national debate, Solar Citizens has a critical role to play as the campaigning NGO most focused on renewable energy policy settings in Australia.

Solar Citizens currently has a small team of 2 highly effective staff members but the 2019-20 budget envisages the National Director re-building the team to 6 staff members by May 2020.


  • Overall responsibility for implementing, evaluating and developing Solar Citizens campaigns, organisational strategy and annual operational plans;
  • Organisational management including managing staff, organisational budgets and leadership development;
  • Overseeing the organisation's fundraising strategy and leading major donor and philanthropic engagement
  • Internal and external communications including building relationships with key allies, funders, volunteers, media, politicians and other stakeholders; and
  • Working with the Steering Committee to meet organisational governance and compliance requirements.

Essential skills and experience

  • Minimum 5 years experience in a senior campaign role, planning and implementing successful campaigns;
  • Experience managing staff and/or leading teams;
  • Highly developed communication skills including interpersonal, written and presentation skills;
  • A proven track-record of successful fundraising, particularly acquisition and stewardship of major gifts;
  • A proven ability to manage relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including diverse community groups, volunteers, NGOs and industry partners;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and in a small team; and
  • A passionate commitment to building Australia's renewable energy future.

Highly desirable skills and experience

  • Familiarity with the Australian renewable energy sector and policy landscape;
  • Experience developing communications campaigns, including messaging, media and social media strategies; and
  • Existing networks with key donors and funding organisations and in the community climate movement, environment NGOs or the renewable energy industry.
  • Sophisticated understanding of Queensland politics, media and campaign landscape.

Salary and conditions

$90-110k plus super depending on the depth of campaigning, organisational leadership and major donor fundraising experience, though candidates with 10+ years experience; a long and successful track record of all three of the above attributes; and are currently being remunerated above this level should feel free to talk with the Solar Citizens Chair about the merit of making an application.

Solar Citizens is a flexible workplace with four weeks’ leave plus one week end-of-year closure.

Solar Citizens is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.

NOTE: Solar CItizens is an initiative of the 100% Renewable Community Campaign, trading as Solar Citizens Australia. 100% Renewable is the formal employer of the National Director.

100% Renewable acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and that sovereignty was never ceded.

How to apply for this job

To discuss the role, contact:

Lindsay Soutar
Chair, 100% Renewable Steering Committee or 0411 098 853

Interested people are encouraged to apply with a covering letter of no more than 2 pages addressing the selection criteria and a copy of your CV.

Applications should be submitted via email, using the subject line: National Director, Solar Citizens application via EthicalJobs, and sent to:

Lindsay Soutar
Chair, 100% Renewable Steering Committee using the subject line: National Director application via EthicalJobs.

Supporting materials  Solar Citizens National Director Role Description - August2019.pdf