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Senior Officer - Solar Saver

Darebin City Council
  • Full Time, Maximum Term 6 months (Parental leave replacement)
  • Salary circa $101k - $113k p.a. + super
  • Convenient Preston location, close to train and tram with hybrid work opportunities

At Darebin, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of how we work. Our commitment to these values is unwavering, they are central to our mission, to our impact and to help us better serve our community. We know that having varied perspectives and lived experiences helps generate better ideas to enable a diverse, inclusive and connected community.

Darebin encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people of colour. We value people of all abilities and diversity of culture, faith, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome unique contributions and perspectives of all people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities we work with and live in.

About Darebin City Council

Located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Darebin City Council is home to one of the largest, most diverse communities in terms of culture, language, religion, socio-economic background, occupation, and housing needs. The city has one of the largest populations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents in metropolitan Melbourne. Our Vision is for a community that works together to advance community life.

About the Role

As the Senior Officer, you will lead Council’s ambitious Solar Saver Program, supporting a small team of three to develop and deliver this initiative, with a focus on procurement and design in the first year of this multi-year program.

You will help create a program that will significantly drive down emissions, and support Darebin’s low-income community, making a direct impact by helping households install renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits and supporting those communities through a well-constructed engagement strategy.

You will build partnerships with stakeholders to maximise program outcomes and support sustainability and environment initiatives in line with Council’s goals and strategies.

  • Engage, empower and motivate staff, developing capability and potential
  • Design and manage an ambitious renewable and energy efficiency program
  • Manage a large procurement process including development of procurement plans and contracts
  • Develop sound risk management practices to support the program

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in environmental science, renewable energy, energy management, and/or equivalent relevant experience
  • Experience managing large-scale renewable energy or comparable programs
  • Experience in providing contract management services
  • Excellent engagement skills including ability to communicate, negotiate, influence and engage with a wide range of key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated understanding of the energy sector, particurlary renewable energy and energy efficiency


As a progressive leader in Local Government, Darebin City Council is passionate about social inclusion, sustainability, engagement and service excellence. We are proud of the diversity of our workforce and recognise the strength this provides in meeting the needs of the community we serve. We are committed to upholding a positive and supportive work environment that values the contribution of all employees and treats all employees with dignity and respect.


We offer a range of benefits to our employees including opportunities for personal and professional development, flexible work practices, Employee Assistance Program, recognition and reward program - Appreciate Great and a variety of generous paid and unpaid leave options.

How to Apply

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please submit your application including a resume and address the Key Selection Criteria in the application form.

We’re also happy to adjust our recruitment process to support your accessibility needs.

Contact Michele Burton, Coordinator, Climate Emergency and Environment Programs on 8470 8258 for a confidential discussion.

A position description is attached.

Darebin is committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, and thorough ‘Safety Screening’ processes apply.

To work at Darebin City Council, you will be required to supply proof of work rights, a Victorian Employee Working with Children Check and comply with Child Safety standards. All employees are required to undertake an Australian Criminal History Check and may be required to complete a Functional Health Assessment.

Council requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as outlined in the Staff Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

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