Original Power - Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Are you an operations manager with a strategic bent, hands on attitude, and an interest in working with an agile and entrepreneurial organisation focussed on achieving positive change, to help make their back office systems hum?

Are you passionate about climate justice and community? 

Do you want to be part of an organisation that is responding to the challenge of climate change in a way that draws and builds on the knowledge and experience of First Nations Peoples and supports self-determination and economic empowerment?

Original Power is a growing organisation working with First Nations communities on defense of country, climate change campaigning, and renewable demonstration projects.  We are also incubating and supporting the new First Nations Clean Energy Network.

We are in the process of building our central operations team to support our project activity as we grow and are looking to recruit a Chief Operations Officer to lead and take up that function. 

We have a central office based in Melbourne and staff working on site and at home in the Northern Territory and other locations across Australia.

The Position

  • Full Time of Part Time (FTE 0.8)
  • $125K - $145K  base salary pro-rata PT / FTE with salary packaging available

Our new Chief Operating Officer or COO will be responsible for overseeing Original Power’s day to day operations and procedures and ensuring timely delivery of organisational projects and priorities. They will act as a deputy to the Executive Director and be a key member of the Senior Management Team. 

The COO will be responsible for managing diverse business operations including strategic and operational planning processes, internal cross-program coordination and reporting, budgeting and financial management. 

The role will report to and partner with the Executive Director.  While the Executive Director will focus on what is happening on a strategic “head up” basis, with an eye on the strategic positioning, priorities and future of the organisation, the COO will have a “head down,” focus, paying attention to what is needed from an operational perspective for the organisation to be successful today.

The role  will largely work from home or office if Melbourne-based. 

A detailed job description is available here. 

Although not an identified role, First Nations candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To apply for this role please, visit our job listing on either Ethical Jobs or Seek, and upload a brief resume (no more than two pages) and a concise cover letter addressing the essential & desirable criteria per the position description.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

First Nations Clean Energy Network - Policy Lead (Identified)

The First Nations Clean Energy Network (the Network) was launched in November 2021 and operates under an auspice arrangement with Original Power.


The Network is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for a Policy Lead (Identified) who can assist with the Network’s critically important policy development and engagement work.

The Policy Lead will work closely with the Director Policy and Engagement to undertake the policy development and engagement work of the First Nations Clean Energy Network and to lead the delivery of specific policy and research projects. 

Key responsibilities of the Policy Lead include:

  • Providing policy advice on activities and projects related to clean energy, including the implementation of national regional and remote demonstration projects

  • Assisting with the coordination of the First Nations Clean Energy Network policy working group and research working group, including preparing briefing papers and updates for the group members and broader Steering Group

  • Undertaking industry research and analysis that can contribute to organisational strategies and procedures

  • Maintaining stakeholder database for the clean energy team (eg. key contacts in government and other organisations) for the purposes of communication, advocacy and engagement activities

  • Monitoring relevant policy and clean energy sector developments and keeping internal teams up to date

  • Provide policy support to other team members when required

  • Project management to ensure projects are delivered in a timely, efficient and impactful manner.

You've got what it takes - Key selection criteria:

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications which may include energy, public policy, economics, environment, renewable energy, law, sustainable development or journalism.
  2. At least 2-4 years’ experience in a similar role
  3. Knowledge of specialist areas of policy relevant to the work of the Network 
  4. High level of cultural knowledge with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations
  5. Excellent communication skills with proven ability to generate high quality research-based content on deadline for a range of audiences
  6. Excellent organisational skills including time management, project management, record keeping, general administration and coordination of activities involving a wide range of people

How to Apply

To apply for this role please, visit our job listing on either Ethical Jobs or Seek, and upload a brief resume (no more than two pages) and a concise cover letter addressing the essential & desirable criteria per the position description.


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