Heat & Retrofit Coordinator

Community Energy England Working from home with the option to work in our Sheffield co-working space. There will be the need for occasional travel to other parts of the country such as CEE’s office in Sheffield, Rossendale in Lancashire, and London. £27,500-£33,275 (pro rata for part time) ; 35 hours (requests for part-time will be considered, as well as variable and compressed hours).

Application deadline: 10am Monday 15 April 2024

About the role

Community Energy England (CEE) is the representative body, connecting and advocating on behalf of hundreds of community energy organisations, leading the energy transformation locally, including in the incredibly challenging areas of heat, retrofit and energy efficiency. We are a small, dynamic and collaborative team. Working for us means you’ll be making a direct contribution to tackling climate change, increasing community resilience, and making the future energy system fairer. You can find out more about us and what we do on our website.

This role will be assisting the roll out of innovative models nationally, developing joined-up, whole-system working in this area, supporting knowledge share and community engagement. It will be varied and will suit someone with a passion for securing progress towards a people-centred, zero carbon energy system and a talent for communicating, convening and creating collaborations and synergies.

You will need some knowledge of heat, retrofit and renewable energy technologies and systems and community businesses.

Decarbonising communities, especially the way we heat and retrofit our homes,  is a huge and urgent challenge. Community energy heat projects are pioneering whole system solutions, including innovative community engagement, financial models, local markets, retrofit and heat technologies connected to local renewable generation.

Community energy creates community-owned projects, which give investors and users a stake. All surplus profits are dedicated to benefiting the community. Projects are often focussed on communities that are ‘left behind’ by government schemes and are ‘unable to pay’ to transition away from fossil fuels. Community energy is intent on developing replicable models that embody energy justice and rolling them out fast and wide. Your role would be at the heart of disseminating this pioneering work. 

As well as supporting our members to share knowledge and build their capacity, you will be helping to develop two partnership projects, Net Zero Terrace Streets and a Community Heat Development Unit, and ensuring linkages with a new UK Energy Learning Network we are involved in. 

As a member of the CEE team, you will be given the opportunity to continue developing your skills and contribution to the organisation and the sector. Community energy has broad and exciting impacts and this role will provide varied experience and national reach. 

See more detail on roles and responsibilities in the attached job description. 

About you

You will thrive in this role if you:

  • Are a good communicator and convenor. 
  • Have an understanding of renewable energy and heat network systems and technologies e.g. Net Zero Terrace Streets project, and the challenges around low carbon heat and building retrofit delivery.
  • Are able to think strategically, to help develop joined-up, whole-system working across the sector on heat, retrofit and energy efficiency.
  • Are interested in community social enterprise and have experience of community engagement.
  • Are proactive and able to devise your own work plan in consultation with partners, project manage, work to deadlines, prioritise effectively and adapt, with the ability to work independently and communicate well when you need help or issues arisewith limited supervision.
  • Can devise and deliver marketing and engagement strategies, materials and tools, including events.
  • Are able to use Microsoft Word/Excel and/or Google Docs and be comfortable getting the hang of new apps/software easily.

You must have the right to work in the UK.