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Energy Transitions Program Director

The Next Economy

The Next Economy

  • Location: Brisbane (we will consider remote working for an exceptional candidate)
  • Contract: Full Time 5 days / 38 Hours per week (Optional: 4 days / week)


The Next Economy is a not for profit organisation committed to making the world a better place. It is no secret that our economic systems are not working for the majority of people on this planet. Even the well being of those with immense wealth is being undermined by the relentless degradation of the natural systems on which we all depend. And as economic inequality and insecurity grows, so do social and political conflicts over resources.

The good news is that all around the world, people are experimenting with new (and not-so-new) economic practices that not only meet the needs of people in equitable and just ways, but also protect and regenerate natural systems.

The purpose of The Next Economy is to not only generate greater awareness of the range of economic tools and practices we can use to ensure the long-term wellbeing of both people and planet, but also to support communities across Australia to implement these approaches to strengthen and stimulate their local economies. In doing so, our aim is to catalyse the emergence of economic systems that are:

  • Good for people by ensuring everyone’s basic needs are met and that the benefits and costs of economic activity are shared equitably; and are
  • Good for the planet by transitioning us to a zero emissions economy that protects and regenerates the natural systems on which all life depends.


The Energy Transitions Program Director will be responsible for the design and delivery of strategies and activities to support government, industry, unions, environment groups, social service organisations and community groups to manage the transition to a zero-emissions and socially just energy system. This support will be delivered primarily through two core programs: The Transitioning Australia Program (TAP) and the Building the Next Economy (BNE) Program.

Transitioning Australia Program (TAP): The Transitioning Australia Program provides tailored support to regions facing the closure of a major industry to develop transition plans. In developing the transition plans, the program manager will engage with a range of experts, industry and community representatives to develop strategies to manage workforce planning, industry adaptation, site rehabilitation, economic diversification, and to ensure the wellbeing of all groups across affected communities.

Building the Next Economy (BNE): The Building the Next Economy program supports regional areas ready to transform the way their economy works. It is a 12-month intensive program designed to support regions to identify strategies that strengthen the economy while also building long-term social, environmental, and economic resilience.

By the end of the program, participants will have developed detailed plans for how their region will manage the transition to a more resilient future, as well as investment-ready business cases for initiatives with the potential to build prosperity and local employment opportunities in ways that are both socially just and environmentally sustainable.


The best fit for this role is somebody who is:

  • Solutions-focused and adopts a whole-of-systems approach to complex problems;
  • Skilled at delivering training and working with groups of people to develop plans and strategies;
  • Experienced in resolving conflict effectively and justly;
  • Adept at synthesising and communicating technical information related to climate change and the energy transition to make it accessible to a range of audiences;
  • A good public speaker and experienced at engaging with media;
  • Experienced in attracting resources and funding to support project work;
  • Professional in their ability to participate in high level collaboration with government, business and other not-for-profits;
  • Knowledgeable about alternative/regenerative economic practices and systems;
  • Committed to social justice principles and able to work with people from a range of different backgrounds;
  • Has good working relationships with others within the Australian climate movement.


The Energy Transition Program Director will be responsible for the design and delivery of both the Transitioning Australia Program (TAP) and Building the Next Economy (BNE). This includes:

  • Working with other TNE staff to design training materials, activities, workbooks & collateral related to the TAP and BNE programs;
  • Recruiting and working with presenters to develop presentations and training materials;
  • Undertaking relevant research;
  • Recruiting and liaising with program participants; and
  • Facilitating training blocks and mentoring sessions.

In addition to working with the CEO and other staff to design and deliver TAP and BNE programs, the Energy Transitions Program Director will:

  • Co-design policies and strategies to assist leaders from across government, industry, unions, the environment sector, social service organisations and other key organisations to manage the transition to a zero emissions economy;
  • Develop evidence-based reports on key elements of the transition to zero emissions future;
  • Work with the CEO to develop an Australian Transitions Guide;
  • Deliver public presentations and engage with both mainstream and social media;
  • Assist the CEO and other staff with general duties to support the smooth functioning of The Next Economy, including the development of funding proposals, managing program finances and meeting reporting and other compliance requirements.


This is a full-time employment contract (with a 4 days/per week option) with a duration of 12 months, ideally commencing in mid-August 2020. To successfully fulfil their job requirements, the successful candidate will be sometimes required to travel within Australia and work outside normal work hours.


We prefer that you work from our Brisbane office but if you are an exceptional candidate with a track record of working remotely we will consider your proposal to work from any location within a reasonable distance of a major regional or capital city airport.


This is a 12-month fixed-term employment contract with The Next Economy. Salary is negotiable on experience, circa $85,000 - $95,000 per annum plus superannuation (this will be pro-rata for 4 days/week). Extension beyond 12 months is subject to external funding.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates.

  • To be considered for this position, applicants should have current working rights for Australia.
  • We respectfully request that recruitment agencies do not submit applications for this position.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview.

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