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Communications and Press Officer Vacancy

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The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is recruiting a Communications and Press Officer to support the Association in delivering an exciting and ambitious programme of stakeholder engagement and influencing.

Location: London, and remote working
Salary: this is a full time role c. £27,000 + benefits including matched pension contribution up to 8%, healthcare insurance and cycle to work scheme
Contract Type: Permanent

Start Date: ASAP

Energy is a fast changing and complex topic, with many different voices seeking to be heard. Are you someone who can turn excellent and complex ideas into great content and engaging communications? Does your strong understanding of the political narrative allow you to create compelling engagement strategies and paint a picture for stakeholders, including the press? If so, we want to hear from you.

The ADE’s vision is for a cost-effective, efficient, low-carbon, user-led energy system; a market in which our members can flourish. We need an effective communicator to broaden our reach and help us show how decentralised energy, led by customers and energy users, can deliver a lower cost and lower carbon energy system.

Who are we?

The Association for Decentralised Energy is the UK’s leading advocate for a more local, zero carbon energy system, where households and businesses can truly feel empowered.

The ADE is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with Government and other decision makers at the forefront of energy policy and helping to shape the future energy market. The Association has a growing membership, with more than 150 organisations representing a wide range of energy market participants working in heat networks and low carbon heat, demand-side response, energy efficiency and combined heat and power.

With public and private investment into the sector, a renewed focus on green jobs, and a market-wide shift towards decentralised generation, smart energy services and customer-led innovation, this role is a key opportunity for the right person.

Who are you?

You are likely to be a creative, enthusiastic, proactive communicator who can raise the profile of the Association and our members to help make us the leading voice in the energy sector, helping the wider External Affairs team to develop and deliver our external affairs strategy across print, broadcast and social media and through our website, graphic-led reports, and engaging events.

The Communications and Press Officer’s responsibilities will include involve managing the online and offline events for which the ADE is best known; including roundtables with Parliamentarians, sector conferences focused on particular technologies, the Winter Parliamentary reception, the Heat and Decentralised Energy conference in the spring, the President’s Parliamentary lunch in the summer and the showpiece Awards Dinner in the autumn. Supported by the External Affairs team you will be leading on winning coverage for the ADE and our members in the trade press and beyond: monitoring the media, preparing and pitching press releases and statements, and all with a broad range of media targets in print, broadcast and radio.

We are looking for a Communications and Press Officer with a dynamic ‘can-do’ attitude to join the External Affairs Team. You’ll have experience in running online and offline events, experience in the media or being a press officer and an enthusiasm for communicating- fresh ideas and creativity are a real plus at the ADE. You should have experience writing copy and content for different audiences and evidence of working to fast moving deadlines. You are a people-person, able to establish strong working relationships with both internals and externals, and are a “do-er” as well as a creative thinker.

The working environment

At the moment, we are primarily working from home, though continue to engage as a team through MS Teams – including both work and social-focused catch ups! Office use is flexible and is in line with government guidance. When in use, the office is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with industry leaders and decision makers at the forefront of energy policy, helping to shape the future energy market. This energy has been transplanted into the virtual realm and each day has new and exciting challenges. You will enjoy working within a small and passionate team as well as across a wide number of external stakeholders.

At the ADE we believe that we succeed by having happy, motivated people and we will support and invest in a successful candidate. In exchange we look for proactive team players who are ready to deliver on behalf of our members.

What next?

If working with us sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about, please review the Job Description and submit your application. If you have questions about the role, please get in touch with our Head of Operations, Lily Frencham (Lily.Frencham@theade.co.uk).

To apply, please send a CV (of no more than two pages) and covering letter (of no more than one page) setting out how your approach and experience makes you the right person to fill this post – to Lily Frencham. Applications should arrive no later than midday on Friday 3rd September.

Please note you must have the existing right to work in the UK.

We are actively seeking applications from every part of the community. The ADE is committed to creating a diverse working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

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