Community Energy Coordinator


Cobargo and District Energy Transition Inc


Cobargo, NSW

Salary etc:

$80,000 p.a. Fixed-term, Full-time.

About The Role

The Cobargo and District Energy Transition group (CaDET) has a unique and exciting opportunity for a Community Energy Coordinator to lead management and delivery of the Cobargo Community Energy Project (CCEP). This project aims to improve resilience, reduce emissions and generate local economic benefits through greater use of renewable energy and improved energy efficiency.

The Community Energy Coordinator will deliver a program of energy-focused community development activity that will also contribute to bushfire recovery, help restore community morale and strengthen social cohesion.

The Coordinator is a full time position until 31 March 2024 to be located in the Cobargo main street in a new community-owned Business Hub being developed as part of the recovery from the Black Summer bushfires. The Coordinator will report to the management committee of Cobargo and District Energy Transition Inc, known as Renewable Cobargo. The position is funded through the Australian Government's Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants program as part of the Cobargo Community Energy Project.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement initiatives to reduce barriers and increase uptake of energy efficiency and local renewable energy (e.g., workshops/information programs, group buys, energy audits, training activities).
  • Build partnerships with the local community, local builders and suppliers, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, Essential Energy, Bega Valley Shire Council and NSW and Australian Governments.
  • Seek additional funding, where required, for specific projects and activities.
  • Support the Cobargo Community Development Corporation in an energy-efficient rebuild of the Cobargo main street.
  • Assist CaDET and the local community in the development and use of energy-resilient refuges (funded through another element of the CCEP).
  • Coordinate the collection, monitoring and reporting of relevant data.
  • Assist CaDET in the administration of the project, including reporting progress and outcomes to the Australian Government.

About You

This role requires collaboration and the ability to work successfully with local residents, businesses, and community groups as well as a wide range of external stakeholders including commercial suppliers, energy and climate experts and local, state and federal government officials. You will work closely with and need to report and be accountable to the volunteer committee that oversees the project. You will be passionate about community energy, local resilience and taking action on climate change. You will need to display CaDET's values of working for the common good, accountability, integrity, courage, respect for others and the community, striving for excellence and empathy for those who have suffered through the bushfires and other recent hardships.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. Substantial experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy in residential, commercial or agricultural settings and a strong understanding of government energy and climate change policies and programs.
  2. Well-developed project planning and management skills, including a proven ability to deliver projects effectively and on time.
  3. Experience in liaising with and engaging diverse stakeholders and a demonstrated capacity to build relationships and consensus.
  4. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas in a concise and engaging fashion.
  5. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (e.g. energy, sustainability, community development, management, planning) are desirable but not essential.

Please note the successful candidate will need to have their own car and must be willing to undergo a police records check for the purpose of employment.

Employee Benefits

  • Salary: $80,000 per annum.
  • Superannuation and leave entitlements.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Tenure until 31 March 2024.

CaDET prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer.


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