Head Of Energy

£35,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience
Green Alliance's office is in Victoria.
21 Oct 2013
04 Nov 2013
Full Time
Contract Type

This is a senior post with responsibility for the development and delivery of Green Alliance’s climate and energy futures theme. The theme is one of Green Alliance’s hallmark programmes, commanding respect from government, industry and the NGOs for its critical insight and advocacy on current policy-making and thought leadership. It carries significant profile and credibility for the organisation and as such represents an opportunity for engaging with a range of senior policy and industry audiences.

The post combines the opportunity to be at the forefront of policy advocacy, enjoying a credible position built on the objectivity and independence of the organisation. While using research and analysis is important to develop insights and form positions, the post is as much about creating and communicating the significance of the issues in an engaging and exciting way for our target audiences.

The programme enjoys funding through a mix of business support, through our energy consortium, and from charitable foundations. Consortium funding is in place for two years from April 2013 and the focus in 2014 will be delivering the current programme to maximum effect. It looks at the final stages of Electricity Market Reform, European energy and climate policy for 2030, building strong supply chains for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and offshore wind. The successful candidate also will be responsible for continuing to generate and develop new proposals, attracting project-related and other funding.

As Head of theme, the post-holder will work closely with the management team, contributing strategic thinking and shaping the future direction of Green Alliance. He/she will also play a role in supporting other members of the policy team in the delivery of project outcomes.

Position in organisation

The Head of Energy reports to the Deputy Director and also works closely with the Director. The post-holder will be part of a small in-house team comprising the Deputy Director, six other themes leads, supporting policy advisers, assistants and a number of interns and associates.

You will be responsible for managing one policy assistant and the post-holder will be expected to oversee any interns or other support staff to assist with the delivery of projects. Members of the policy team work closely with Green Alliance’s development team, and the post holder will be supported by our events co-ordinator and head of communications.

Key tasks

Policy and project work:  • To manage and deliver project-related work (both independently and in conjunction with other staff), with a focus on climate change and energy policy  • To work, with the deputy director and director, on identifying, developing and funding new project ideas.  • In conjunction with other members of the policy team, to track issues and analyse their relevance to the development of the environmental policy agenda.  • To provide and oversee desk research on particular policy issues as appropriate.  • To contribute to organisational development.

External representation:  • To represent Green Alliance at meetings, seminars, conferences and consultations at the highest levels.  • To deputise for the deputy director and/or director as appropriate.  • To edit documents and publications written by Green Alliance staff and consultants.  • To write articles and longer reports for publication by Green Alliance and outside bodies. • Through networking, to gather and disseminate information on environmental policy.

Other:  • To participate in and contribute to the strategic and project planning processes with Green Alliance.  • Any other task which may be reasonably requested to be undertaken within the scope of this post.


Person specification

Knowledge & Experience  Essential:  • Significant work experience in a relevant role or sector  • Proven knowledge of environmental policy  • Significant experience of developing and managing policy projects  • Proven expertise in one, or more, of the following areas:  o UK and EU climate change policy;  o UK and EU energy policy, with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency o Good understanding of the UK energy markets.  o Familiarity with both the technical aspects and market drivers for one of more of the following technologies: offshore wind and other renewable technologies, carbon capture and storage, and energy efficiency measures in both domestic and non-domestic sectors. • Experience of writing and/or editing policy material  • Proven experience of attracting funds for an organisation and/or individual projects

Skills & Competencies  Essential:  • Excellent influencing/advocacy skills  • Excellent drafting and writing skills  • Creative approach to producing communications and policy publications  • Ability to work as part of a team  • Good project planning, prioritisation and delivery skills  • Strategic vision and understanding of the external policy and political environment  • Relationship management skills (for funders and other external stakeholders)

Desirable:  • Public speaking skills  • Media skills



The competencies and experience of the candidates is more important than formal academic qualifications, however we would typically expect senior members of the team to be educated to degree level and possibly to have a postgraduate degree in a related field.


Application process

Applicants should complete and return the application form available on the Green Alliance website focusing in particular on how they meet the person specification outlined above and how you could help Green Alliance increase our influence on environmental policy and politics.


Please click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our application pack. 


The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 4 November 2013 but earlier applications are encouraged.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview on Friday 15 November 2013.