JOIN OUR TEAM: Council Liaison Officer

The Role

The Climate Council is an independent not-for-profit organisation with the largest media presence of any organisation in Australia on climate change issues, and a fast-paced team of communicators, researchers, campaigners and fundraisers.

The Council Liaison Officer is a brand-new role that sits in the Cities Power Partnership team. You’ll be supporting local councils who have signed up to the Council’s new national program, the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), helping them to achieve their renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport goals. The CPP focuses on accelerating the emissions reductions and clean energy successes of shires, towns and cities across the country. The Cities Power Partnership has been live for nearly 5 months and currently has 70 councils on board from around Australia, representing over 7.5 million Australians and over 250 towns and cities.

It’s an opportunity to work with some of the best climate communicators, researchers and experts in the world – in an innovative, strategic, tech-driven communications organisation. Best of all, you’ll be playing a key role in implementing a program that seeks to address the biggest issue of our time.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Stakeholder engagement: connect and maintain relationships with local councils across Australia, as well as community energy groups and other key organisations and individuals across a range of Australian communities.
  • Regularly field calls and emails from stakeholders and actively support towns and cities who are part of the Climate Councils cities program.
  • Research: Use primary and secondary research skills to gather information on city level energy and sustainability policies, build essential databases and maintain our knowledge library.
  • Event planning: plan and coordinate the logistics for a series of local events to be held in a range of towns and cities around the country.
  • Communications:Assist with writing public facing project communications including web articles and speeches.
  • Help to fact-check and contribute to digital content
  • Assist with project reporting

About You:

You’re a go-getter who is self-motivated, nimble and works well in small, fast-paced teams to get the job done.

You know what makes local councils tick and you understand how they implement sustainability and energy plans. You’re brilliant on the phone and you love talking to and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.

You’re a speedy researcher with a passion for detail, who can collate large amounts of information into databases, fact-check content and write research up into sharp public communications. You’re also highly organised and you’ve had experience with event and project planning.

You take the initiative and are confident to present new ideas or make suggestions to improve the success of a project.

Key Requirements:

You’re a great researcher

  • You’ve completed undergraduate studies in Arts, Law, Government, International Relations or a related field. Completion of an honours degree, masters or a long-term research project is also a bonus.
  • You don’t shy away from detailed secondary research tasks and database building and you’re also great at primary research, including talking to a range of stakeholders to collect essential information.
  • You have a good understanding of how local councils tick. You’ve also got a sound knowledge of city level energy and sustainability policies and you’re able to expand and update this knowledge as appropriate.

You’re brilliant at engaging with stakeholders

  • You’ve had experience connecting with and maintaining relationships with a range of stakeholders. Professional experiencing working with local councils is a bonus.
  • You have a confident and professional phone manner.
  • You have experience fielding large amounts of phone and email correspondence from a variety of stakeholders.

You’re a good communicator.

  • You’ve had experience writing public communications for a lay audience and have written for different mediums including web and digital.
  • You’re confident at communicating detailed information to a lay audience verbally.

You’re an organiser

  • You’ve had experience coordinating logistics for events and working with a range of different suppliers and contractors.

You have strong passion and drive.

  • Proven ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Passion for climate change, sustainability or advocacy, and a personal drive to succeed.

About Us:

The Climate Council is an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide the Australian public with accurate and credible information on climate change.

Why? Because we believe that the response to climate change should be based on the best science available.

We’re a fast growing team made up of expert Councillors, staff, volunteers and supporters. Together we are doing everything we can to spread independent and accurate information on climate change.

With the largest media presence of any organisation in Australia on climate change issues, a role at the Climate Council is an unrivalled opportunity to contribute to the public discourse on climate change.

What can we offer you?

  • Remuneration package of $55,000+Super
  • Flexible working program
  • Paid parental leave package (staff employed for more than 12 months)
  • Excellent professional development and learning opportunities
  • Option to work from the Sydney or Melbourne locations

To apply or for more information, please submit your resume and a cover letter [email protected], using the subject line: Council Liaison Officer.

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