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Rural Energy Officer

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
03/07/2019
Advert End Date:
22/07/2019 12:00
Salary:
£35,934 - £39,782 per annum
Job Category:
Regeneration/ Economic Development
Vacancy ID:
189277
Employment Location:
North East LEP, 1 St James Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AD
Post Number:
187277

Job details 

Closing date:
22 Jul


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Further information

Fixed term two-year contract, post subject to funding

The North East LEP leads on the development and delivery of the North East Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), aiming to foster economic growth and the creation of more and better jobs. Energy is set out in the SEP as an area of strategic importance for our regional economy.

We are seeking a high calibre Rural Energy Officer to help develop rural energy projects in the region. The postholder will also work as part of the North East and Yorkshire team responsible for supporting projects in accessing the Government’s Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF).

The North East is home to a large and varied rural area, ranging from market and seaside towns to the largest remote rural area in England, hosting a diverse rural economy. The North East’s Energy for Growth strategy identifies various energy opportunities and challenges, with unique implications for these rural geographies. They include provision of affordable, secure and sustainable energy in an off-grid setting, transitioning to low emission transport in remote locations, deployment of decentralised low carbon and renewable sources of energy, provision of geothermal heat from disused mine workings, energy storage and flexibility, and developing community energy projects.

This new role will cover the North East LEP’s geography and drive this exciting rural energy agenda. The role also has a broader responsibility as part of the RCEF team, to promote and support access to RCEF across the North East and Tees Valley, occasionally providing support to the wider Yorkshire and Humber area.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an up to date knowledge of energy technologies, particularly those with specific applications in a rural setting. You will understand national energy policy drivers and direction, and the local policy and planning frameworks which can affect decision making and project delivery.

You will have experience of energy project development and seeing projects from inception through to delivery. This will include the identifying and securing appropriate funding. You will be able to understand pertinent energy challenges and opportunities in rural areas and will have a track record of advocating for energy projects. You will be confident in approaching and engaging with a range of organisations, community groups and individuals, and have strong relationship management skills.

Submission of applications – Monday 22 July at 12noon
Shortlisting – Wednesday 24 July
Assessment – Friday 26 July

To apply click on 'Apply Here' and complete the online application form.

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