Change Agents UK

Senior Energy and Fuel Poverty Officer

Project Senior Energy and Fuel Poverty Officer
Employer Change Agents UK
Job Description

Background

Change Agents UK will for this coming winter be delivering Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council’s home energy advice visits. Dudley have a well-developed network of partners who all feed referrals into a central “hub”, offering support to those most vulnerable to rising fuel prices. If a resident is thought to require a home visit, the referrals will be fed through to Change Agents UK, who will act swiftly to reduce their energy bills as much as possible in one visit. Visits will include applying for funding such as Energy Company Obligation (ECO) for infrastructural measures, ensuring residents are on the correct tariffs and benefitting from the warm home discount, through to teaching people to better manage their energy use for heating and appliances. All members of staff will strive to save on average £230 in each property visited.

Objective

Working closely with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and the home energy advice team, Change Agents will deliver energy audits in people’s homes and offer advice to the public. The Senior Energy and Fuel Poverty Officer will be responsible for delivery of home energy audits against set targets, whilst managing the duties of other energy officers who will be brought in on short contracts during busy periods. The Senior Officer will also be responsible for reporting progress during bi-weekly meetings with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, and providing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to the Project Manager, along with regular updates.

Benefits of this opportunity

This scheme offers the successful applicants a chance to gain real life experience of project management through delivering an affordable warmth project and working with a range of stakeholders. Upon completion of the contract, successful candidates will have developed a strong working knowledge of policy and interventions designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce fuel poverty. They will also have benefitted from experience of line managing other members of staff against set targets to ensure customer satisfaction and quality results.

Future employment potential

The experience gained through the project will give the post holder an excellent insight into the growing sector and will ensure they are well placed to pursue future employment in the field of energy efficiency.  

Benefits of working with Change Agents UK

Change Agents UK is a not-for-profit organisation which enables students and recent graduates to work with businesses, local authorities and community groups to learn about and implement sustainable development, and become more employable. With this service Change Agents UK will provide:

• Access to our selection of educational resources, available to you throughout the Opportunity.

• Management support and networking opportunities.

• A monthly Change Agents UK Newsletter informing you of current sustainability news topics, up and coming events and workshops and a network of other change agents. • Inclusion in the Change Agents staff and alumni networks: socials, networking opportunities, etc.

• Support in an organisation whose ethos is one of positive personal and professional development.

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to contact@changeagents.org.uk or call 01572 723419

Project County Rutland
Location Dudley
Responsibilities

Outputs and Key Tasks

Outputs

  1. Ensure high quality and effective delivery of energy audits within 10 days of a referral being made.

  2. Provide line management to other members of staff delivering home energy visits on shorter term contracts, to ensure the quality of their work and continued personal development. This includes keeping close track of visits, results, staff time and reporting.

  3. Work closely with Dudley MBC and the Change Agents UK Project Manager to ensure that requests for visits are being made and that we are prepared for times of elevated demand.

  4. Timely liaison and reporting of targets, KPIs and project costs to Change Agents UK Project Manager.

  5. Act as the main point of contact for Dudley MBC and Change Agents UK to oversee the successful delivery of this contract.

Key Tasks

  1. To be an integral part of the Winter warmth Support team.

  2. To conduct home visits to residents across the Dudley borough.

  3. To understand the health and wellbeing impacts of fuel poverty and living in a cold home and advise residents of the risks that this can cause.

  4. To Inspect and accurately record the physical aspects of the home, the way that energy is used and the costs of this, so as to make suggestions for improvements and behaviour changes.

  5. To provide residents with advice options, choice and support with the aim of empowering them to take control over their energy use and costs.

  6. To complete an assessment of needs for partner services.

  7. To comply with the energy advisors code of conduct.

  8. To relay this paperwork and information back to colleagues who will make appropriate interventions and referrals.

  9. To complete any follow on actions that are required within an appropriate amount of time.

  10. To discuss with colleagues any complications or issues that arise.

  11. To notify the office of any visits where there is no access and allow colleagues to redirect you to an alternative.

  12. To comply with procedures relating to mileage and expenses.

  13. To comply with procedures relating to lone working and health and safety.

  14. To relay to Change Agents accurate figures regarding the number of completed visits to be invoiced.

  15. To complete monitoring and reporting work as required to include assisting with evaluating the service and compiling feedback.

Personal Specification

Essential

  1. Candidates must be a graduate

  2. Candidate holds a full driving licence and have access to a car insured for business purposes or access to a vehicle insured for business use and driver/assistance.

  3. Willingness to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

  4. Good communication and community engagement skills showing empathy and understanding of the householders needs.

  5. Holds a domestic energy advice qualification such as City and Guilds Level 3 in Energy Awareness (preferred).

  6. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to keep accurate and up-to-date records of progress and work to deadlines and targets.

  7. Ability to project manage effectively and prioritise tasks in a busy schedule.

  8. Ability to work under own initiative and individually coming up with creative and effective solutions to problems.

  9. Good IT skills and ability to use software to complete the project outcomes and evaluation.

  10. Experience in developing and enhancing stakeholder relations with the view to partnership working.

Desirable

  1. Excellent report writing skills with the ability to tailor the style and content to different audiences.

  2. Experience and understanding of local government and multi-agency partnerships.

  3. Marketing experience; such as writing press releases, articles, website content etc.

Position Details

Employer: Change Agents UK Trading

Closing date: Sunday 11th September

Telephone Interview: Please be available for a telephone call w/c 12th September 2016

Face to Face Interview: TBC w/c 19th September 2016

Salary (per annum pro rata): £20,000

Start Date: 10th October 2016

Length of Opportunity: 6 months

Hours/Week: 37.5

Work outside normal hours: There may be some evening and weekend work, agreed with line manager

Base: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Department: Dudley Home Improvement Service

Salary £20,000
Application Deadline 2016-09-11
Hours Per Week 37.50
Places Available 1
Status

Closed - no further applications permitted