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Big Solar Project Officer – Job Opportunity

The Project Officer will join the small and dedicated Sharenergy team. Working with our experienced development staff and with leading lights of the UK community energy movement across the UK you will work to develop and deliver the ambitious Big Solar Co-op project. You will deliver a wide range of services, with support from the rest of our team where required. Key tasks will include:

  • Development of a large-scale mutually supportive network-based co-op
  • Setting up and running events and online meetings in various formats
  • Co-ordination of the training of volunteers
  • Delivery of project marketing and communications
  • Liaison with technical, legal and communications experts

The role will involve a steep learning curve as this is an ambitious project and the community solar sector is evolving at speed. You will need to be able to travel several days a week and will frequently be called upon to work outside office hours to suit volunteer schedules. The Project Officer will need to have at least 5 years experience within the voluntary or co-operative sectors. You will need to show practical experience in setting up and running voluntary networks with diverse participants. You will have great interpersonal skills, combining professionalism and warmth. You will need to have a good grasp of the theory and practice of renewable energy – you don’t need to be a solar expert (yet!) but you will need to be familiar with the wider sector. Prior involvement in community energy is a bonus but not a requirement. You will have worked in a commercial or social business environment and have a good command of financial, policy and project management fundamentals. You will need to be fired up to find practical solutions to the climate crisis. More information here.

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