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Senior Energy Advice Officer

Project Senior Energy Advice Officer
Employer Islington council
Job Description

CAUK reference: 2337

Change Agents UK Level: 3

Location: Islington, London

Number of Positions: 1

What will this position involve?

This is an exciting opportunity to co-manage the Energy Policy & Advice Team at Islington Council, which operates a number of high-profile special projects and the award-winning energy advice and fuel poverty referral network, Seasonal Health Interventions Network (SHINE).
The successful candidate can expect to be leading on special projects including Islington Community Energy Fund, Angelic Energy, ECO Flexible Eligibility and Section 106 funded activity. The candidate will represent the team at the Affordable Energy Board and other high profile meetings, conferences and ceremonies. The candidate will also draft responses to national, regional and local consultations from government, statutory, private and voluntary bodies and participate in national and regional policy development where appropriate.

Who would this position suit?

Islington Council are looking for an experienced and an enthusiastic leader to manage an effective and high-profile team. You will have a good understanding of national policy affecting fuel poverty and domestic energy efficiency and the ability to respond to consultations on these policy areas. As well as a proven track record accessing fuel and water debt assistance. Experience managing relationships with program funders and supervising a small team day to day. If you have the following qualities, skills and experience please apply:

  • Experience of leading on energy projects or fuel poverty, preferably within a local authority setting

  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders

  • Be able to manage and supervise an enthusiastic team

  • Have a strong commitment to helping vulnerable members of society

  • Be a problem-solver and be able to prioritise workload.

Who are Islington Council?

Islington Council serves a lively and diverse London borough has one of the largest energy services in UK local government and operates a number of pioneering and innovative projects to save energy and carbon, including SHINE a nationally recognised fuel poverty referral network and Bunhill heat network which utilises waste heat from the London Underground. Islington recently launched London’s first local-government owned energy company, Angelic Energy in partnership with Robin Hood Energy.

What is the Energy Policy and Advice Team like?

You will work within Islington Council, to co-manage a team of around ten to deliver projects and home energy advice. The team works on a range of home and community energy projects but also has policy responsibility for fuel poverty, domestic energy efficiency standards, consumer protection, water and climate resilience. The team is a dynamic and busy one with a high regional and national profile. You will work alongside supportive colleagues to deliver valued and popular services.

Why would the successful candidate want this position?

This role presents the opportunity to shape the work of a high-profile, award-winning team as you lead on pioneering projects. It is ideal if you are looking to build upon your development skills within the energy and advice sector, working with local communities, local authorities and businesses.

Salary (per annum pro rata): £35,607

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 5.5 Months (Extension available subject to funding and performance)

Location Islington, London.

Key Responsibilities

  1. To be responsible for the overall supervision and management of at least 3 members of staff within the Energy Policy & Advice Team, including through the formulation and prioritisation of work programmes and regular 1-2-1s and team meetings.

  2. To manage Section 106 (Carbon Offset fund) projects within the team

    • Warmth on Prescription project – assessment, survey and installation of insulation improvements for very vulnerable households

    • Community Energy Fund - project management and approval systems, including details of project and financial progress

  3. To oversee the growth and development of Angelic Energy, the Council’s ‘white label’ energy company

  4. To assist in the provision of a comprehensive fuel poverty and energy advice service

    • To manage the embedded home energy visiting team including ordering supplies and tracking spend, reviewing performance against contract targets.

    • To oversee smaller projects including resident engagement on smart energy projects, spending award monies, evaluation and review of various work streams.

    • To investigate energy related issues in the area and co-ordinate the assistance that the council’s energy advice service and other organisations may be able to provide.

    • To support the development and co-ordination of advisory services for both internal and external clients and assist with policy and strategy development

  5. To maintain information systems and ensure material is updated, collating information from the managing body, council departments, Government departments and other outside agencies.

    • To oversee the design and production of communication materials and prepare materials for the website and other media where necessary.

    • To manage and procure materials for home energy visits

  6. To attend meetings as required and deputise for the Head of Service as directed. This can include board meetings and networking events.

  7. Respond to relevant national, regional and local consultations from government, statutory, private and voluntary bodies and participate in national and regional policy development where appropriate.

  8. To work with the Energy Services Team, Public Health Department, Housing Department, Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS and all relevant departments to reduce fuel poverty and improve seasonal health.

  9. To deal with all correspondence in connection with duties and prepare reports as necessary.

  10. To undertake other duties commensurate to the grade of the post.


  1. Experience of supervising staff.

  2. Experience of working in a project management role.

  3. Good influencing and networking skills, with evidence of developing and maintaining effective stakeholder relationships, including at senior levels.

  4. Knowledge of legislation, policy and practice on affordable energy and health inequalities.

  5. Ability to liaise with funding organisations, contractors, other departments and other organisations.

  6. Ability to initiate, procure and manage projects. Including the delivery of sustainable energy, water, climate resilience and fuel poverty projects.

  7. Excellent IT skills including an ability to produce review reports on work programmes.

  8. Ability to develop and maintain effective partnership working with a variety of stakeholders.


  1. Experience of commissioning and managing contracts for specialist work.

  2. Certificate in City & Guilds Energy Awareness or equivalent.

  3. Understanding and experience of working with elected politicians.

  4. Knowledge and understanding of line-management in a Council setting

Closing Date: Sunday 17th June 2018

Telephone Interview: w/c 11th June 2018

Interview Date: 27th June 2018

Hours/Week: 35 hours

Annual leave: 30 days per annum

Work outside normal hours: Some evening and weekend work as required

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Salary £35,607 pa
Application Deadline 2018-06-17
Interview Date 2018-06-27
Start Date 2018-07-02
Hours Per Week 35.00
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted