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Head of Partnerships - Melbourne / Sydney

Energy Efficiency Council Inc


The Energy Efficiency Council is the peak body for Australia’s energy management sector. A not-for-profit membership association, the EEC works to:

  • Drive world-leading policy on efficiency, electrification and demand flexibility;
  • Ensure we have the skilled workforce to deliver Australia’s energy transition; and
  • Support businesses and households to rapidly decarbonise.

Three key areas are critical to the transformation of Australia’s economy, and they underpin how we can drive change:

  • Policy and advocacy: Governments need to set ambitious policy to enable the energy transition. We work closely with government and our partners to undertake research and advocate for solutions that put energy efficiency and electrification at the heart of Australia’s net zero transformation.
  • Workforce development: Professionals and tradespeople need training and skills to roll out energy upgrades across Australia. We champion jobs and skills through EEC Professional Certifications and other EEC programs, uniting government and industry to build the capacity and capability of Australia’s energy management professionals.
  • Business decarbonisation: Businesses need support to translate net zero ambition into action. We work with our partners to provide strategic insights and best practice frameworks that allow businesses to credibly realise net zero.

As well as its business-as-usual activities, the EEC undertakes strategic projects across all these areas, many of which are supported by external organisations providing either financial or in-kind support.


The success of the EEC’s efforts across all workstreams rests on close engagement with and demonstrating value to:

  • Current and prospective members;
  • Partners including business and professional associations, NGOs, unions and philanthropic bodies; and
  • Federal, state and local governments to progress common objectives across policy, research and workforce development.

The EEC’s Head of Partnerships is a member of the EEC’s Executive Leadership Team. They will play a crucial role in partner engagement and will:

  • Work closely with the CEO to engage with the broad spectrum of partners that are essential for the fulfilment of the EEC’s mission;
  • Be responsible for developing and executing the EEC’s membership acquisition and retention and engagement strategies; and
  • Manage the pipeline for strategic research and workforce development projects and lead engagement with potential partners.

The Head of Partnerships will manage a Partnerships Coordinator, and is intended to support membership and revenue growth, enabling the expansion of the Partnerships Division within the EEC.


The Head of Partnerships will be highly motivated, with a record of accomplishment in demonstrating initiative, acting autonomously, and having a keen attention to detail. The Head of Partnerships will have excellent interpersonal, strategic, and oral and written communication skills, and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in policy and advocacy, business development or stakeholder engagement. Experience in energy, climate, sustainability or an equivalent industry would be highly advantageous.


The core duties of the role include:

  • Managing the Partnerships Division, including:
    • Direct reports;
    • Oversight and management of the Customer Relationship Management system (CRM);
    • Recruitment and management of external consultants, as appropriate;
    • Preparation of reports for the Executive Leadership Team, Board and others, as required; and
    • Delivery of net contribution across areas under direct management and supporting the delivery of net contributions across the organisation.
  • Leading member engagement activities, including:
    • Developing and delivering the EEC’s member acquisition, retention and engagement strategy;
    • Act as account manager and main point of contact for senior EEC members;
    • Lead engagement around broader partnership opportunities for senior members, such as event sponsorship; and
    • Help to shape the EEC's strategy and focus areas by staying informed of member priorities and concerns.
  • Managing the EEC’s project pipeline, including:
    • Working with the CEO, Head of Policy and Head of Workforce Development to identify and develop strategic research and workforce development projects;
    • Leading engagement with potential funders, including governments, philanthropic bodies and industry; and
    • Supporting relationship management during project delivery as required.

Related duties include:

  • Stewardship and development of key relationships with government stakeholders, including public servants, Ministerial offices and advisors, across federal and state jurisdictions;
  • Connecting members and partners with the EEC’s policy and advocacy work, as well as providing relevant policy information and advice to members;
  • Contributing to the development and execution of the EEC’s external events, through helping to conceive events, and contributing to the strategic direction for the EEC’s external engagement program;
  • Public positioning and profile raising, in collaboration with the CEO and Head of Communications, to extend the reach of the EEC’s advocacy; and
  • Development and expansion of the EEC’s capacity and capability, including through formal and informal professional development of policy team members.

The EEC is a small and flexible organisation. The successful candidate will be required to work on a range of cross-organisational projects on an ad hoc basis, in collaboration with colleagues and external stakeholders to meet the EEC’s overall goals.


Exact employment conditions will be negotiated based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

  • 0.8 - 1.0FTE – between 30.4 (0.8FTE) and 38 (1.0FTE) hours per week;
  • $150,000-170,000 per annum including superannuation (at 1.0FTE; pro-rated for 0.8 FTE);
  • Some out-of-hours work, and interstate travel required;
  • Preference for a Melbourne, Sydney, or Canberra-based candidate, however applications from candidates from other locations will be considered; and
  • Flexible work arrangements; options for in-office, hybrid, and remote work available.

A position description is attached.

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