The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is a corporate Commonwealth entity. ARENA’s main objective is to improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. ARENA was established on 1 July 2012 under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011 (the ARENA Act). ARENA supports the Government's Low Emissions Technology Statement in seeking to achieve global emissions reduction through technology innovation and commercialisation to the benefit of Australia.
ARENA complements other funding bodies and provides financial assistance to renewable energy (including enabling and hybrid technologies) for research, development, demonstration and deployment projects that improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia. The provision of knowledge sharing forms an important part of ARENA’s functions. ARENA operates under its own Act of Parliament, and the ARENA Board and CEO are responsible to the Minister for Energy.
About the Group/Section:
Reporting to the General Manager, Project Delivery, the Knowledge Sharing team works collaboratively with other ARENA teams to:
- Deliver the knowledge sharing outcomes of the ARENA Strategy including the new knowledge sharing framework
- Help ARENA develop end to end knowledge, so that learnings from projects we fund inform future program and policy design
- Measure ARENA’s performance and impact
- Ensure ARENA’s knowledge base and networks are available and used by stakeholders in a way that meets ARENA objectives
- Build stakeholder capacity and industry capability , including by:
- curating and sharing data and learnings from ARENA funded projects
- building partnerships with relevant stakeholders and entities
- maintaining a clear and ongoing understanding of target audience needs.
- Develop, deliver, evaluate and improve tools, forums and other programs to improve access to and use of ARENA’s knowledge, information and networks
- Contribute to ARENA portfolio reviews and portfolio management.
Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidates will have;
- Demonstrated leadership skills, experience leading a small to medium sized team, and the capacity to build high performing teams.
- Good interpersonal skills with proven ability to foster cross-functional collaboration and a culture of shared accountability.
- Demonstrated skills in effective stakeholder communication and management.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver knowledge products that meet stakeholder needs.
- Demonstrated ability to link strategic organisational objectives to team objectives.
- Demonstrated ability to achieve results while encouraging others to do the same.
- Resilience and ability to adapt to change, and support others to navigate and deal with uncertainty.
- Understanding of the energy sector with an emphasis on renewables.
What you will do
As the Director of Knowledge Sharing, you will lead a team to deliver the above. We expect you to:
- Understand the strategic relevance and implications of lessons learned from ARENA-funded projects, and disseminate those lessons learned to relevant internal and external stakeholders in industry.
- Maintain an understanding of key hurdles facing the renewable energy sector and how it relates to delivery of ARENA’s key priorities and the business of the Project Delivery Branch.
- Build effective relationships and collaborate with other areas of the organisation, particularly the Business Development and Transactions team, the Data, Reporting and Analytics team, and the Corporate Affairs team.
- Build effective relationships with external stakeholders, and maintain a contemporary understanding of industry dynamics, needs and trends associated with renewable energy innovation or uptake.
- Oversee implementation of knowledge-sharing strategies for specific technology portfolios through:
- Brokering connections between external stakeholders
- Developing and delivering products and events through appropriate channels (in partnership with the Corporate Affairs team) and measuring their success
- Sharing information and knowledge internally about emerging trends and changing market needs
- Contributing to the project portfolio management committee and ad-hoc process improvement working groups
- Working with the Corporate Affairs team to ensure knowledge sharing activities are coordinated and consistent with broader communications and engagement activities.
 The project portfolio management committee reviews performance of ARENA funded projects, to ensure projects are consistent with Commonwealth expectations in relation to governance, compliance and risk management, monitor project performance and maximise knowledge sharing outcomes.
To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.
These positions require a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.
A merit pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.
How to apply
Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.
You are required to complete your application online. Provide a one page pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience against the key tasks and functions description make you the best person for the job. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the job description.
You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) and an indication of when you are available to start.
For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Adrian Rule, 042 8782 076 or email: Adrian.Rule@arena.gov.au.
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