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Head of Projects

Energy Efficiency Council


The Energy Efficiency Council is a not-for-profit membership association for businesses, universities, governments and NGOs. Founded in 2009, the Council’s members are diverse, but are united by a common cause: building a sophisticated market for energy management products and services that delivers:

  • Healthy, comfortable buildings;
  • Productive, competitive businesses; and
  • An affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system for Australia.

The Energy Efficiency Council’s vision is to make Australia a global leader in smart energy management. To this end, the Council works with its members and partners to:

  • Drive ambitious government policy by advocating for smart energy management policies and programs that deliver for all Australians;
  • Support business decision making and growth with trusted, impartial information on energy so they have confidence making the right energy management investments; and
  • Build the quality of energy management products and services by delivering training and professional development to energy management professionals across Australia.

Energy management encompasses a wide range of practices and technologies including energy efficiency, demand management or load shifting, and demand response. Smart energy management makes our buildings healthier and more comfortable, our businesses more productive, and our energy system more affordable.


The Council’s expert team of staff and advisors work with governments at the local, state and federal level, key industry and professional associations, and non-governmental organisations, particularly our NGO Partners, on a range of bespoke strategic research, business engagement, industry development and thought leadership projects.

Types of projects include:

  • Research and analysis of policy and technology opportunities related to energy;
  • Business engagement activities including developing resources, and planning and delivering engagement campaigns with partners that further energy users’ energy management capabilities; and
  • Development of training programs to upskill the energy services sector or wider industry in energy management.

High quality, strategic projects increase the profile and influence of the Council, build the market for energy management, support energy management providers and energy users, provide a foundation for the Council’s policy and advocacy, communications, training and events activities and are an important means to diversify and grow revenue.

Continuing to identify and deliver value-adding strategic projects is a core part of the Council’s long-term growth strategy. The purpose of this role is to lead the Council’s Projects Division, with the objective of managing and working within a team to deliver value-adding projects within the agreed scope, time, cost and quality.

Where appropriate, the Council engages external consultants to support the work of the Projects Division. However, most projects are delivered in-house, and the Council's Head of Projects has a front-line role developing and delivering projects, as well as overseeing the delivery of projects by the broader projects team. The Head of Projects must manage relationships with external consultants and sub-contractors, and support the professional development of the Projects team.

The Head of Projects will be highly motivated, with a track record of demonstrating initiative, acting autonomously, and have a keen attention to detail. The Head of Projects will have excellent interpersonal, analytical, and oral and written communication skills, and a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in policy and/or project delivery in the energy, sustainability or equivalent industry. Demonstrated project costing, project planning and project management experience is essential.


This role requires significant engagement with formal and informal partners, and working in conjunction with them to deliver research and analysis, engagement campaigns and other projects.

Key duties include:

  • Management of the Projects Division, including direct reports, recruitment and management of external consultants, management of the project pipeline and the preparation of reports to the CEO, Board and others as required;
  • Identify and initiate projects, working with the CEO and the Head of Industry Development, that align with the Council’s objectives, including identification of potential funders and the preparation of project concepts, proposals and grant applications;
  • Management of the Projects Division budget to deliver the expected net contribution, including forecasting;
  • Manage the effective delivery of all Council projects against scope, time, cost and quality, including project costing, resource allocation and time management;
  • Performance management of the projects team;
  • Rapid research, analysis and report writing, considering both primary and desktop research, i.e. existing literature and stakeholder consultation;
  • Collaboration and coordination with other Council senior staff that contribute to or lead on certain projects;
  • Stakeholder engagement and management, including administering meetings; and
  • Leveraging project work for maximum impact, in conjunction with the CEO and Head of Industry Development, through strategic communications and engagement.

The Council 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 Council’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;
  • Some out-of-hours work required, as well as occasional interstate travel;
  • Preference for a Melbourne-based candidate, however applications from candidates outside of Melbourne will be considered; and
  • Flexible work arrangements under COVID-19, with Council staff working remotely at present.


Refer to the full position description for the key selection criteria that should be addressed in your application cover letter.

A full position description is attached.

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