Come and work for us - Communications Executive role

We’re looking for a Communications Executive to join our pioneering social enterprise, working for a massive change in the UK's energy system. 

Here at the Low Carbon Hub we think we need to get much more local about our energy system, and much more renewable, so that the benefits of renewable energy generation strengthen local communities.  We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about. 

Much of success over the past five years is due to the extraordinary support of individuals and organisations from across Oxfordshire and beyond. Thanks to their support we’ve grown into an award winning multi-million pound enterprise.  We’re looking for an experienced communicator to keep our many stakeholders informed and enthused, and take our message to new audiences. 

This summer we are also taking on the role as the lead partner in a newly launched ERDF funded programme, Oxfutures: Growing Oxfordshire’s Low Carbon Economy, which aims to grow Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy by helping SMEs to develop new products and services and reduce their energy demand.

Full Time (36 hours) permanent contract. (Would consider part time for right candidate.)

Based Central Oxford

£25,000 plus 3% employers pension contribution

25 days plus bank holidays

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 July                 

Provisional interview date Tuesday 25 July

How to apply

If you’d like to join our expanding team, the application form for this job is available for download from our website. To apply, please return your completed application form by email, along with a copy of your CV to info@lowcarbonhub.org

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Our Community Grants in Action

As well as providing help and advice, Low Carbon Hub also offers financial support to  our community shareholder groups wanting to carry out carbon-cutting activity in their community. Here is a case study of what one group did with a small grant we awarded them.

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a 10.14kWp solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates. The array would provide Watchfield Village Hall with free electricity, whilst the Feed-in Tariff payments would provide ongoing long-term income to WeSET.

They needed to raise £16,665 and launched a fundraising appeal to enable them to install the panels before the pre-registration ran out.  They were delighted to  receive donations from local residents and members of Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park, as well as support from Watchfield Village Hall Committee and Westmill Solar Park directly.

As a Low Carbon Hub CIC community shareholder, WeSET was eligible to apply for a £500 grant from the Low Carbon Hub towards the project. They also persuaded two other local CIC community shareholders, Westmill Wind Farm and Westmill Solar, to join forces with them and also apply for small grants to support this local community project.

 These combined efforts resulted in the appeal successfully raising half of the required funds. With matched funding from WeSET’s core funds they were able to install the array, which is expected to deliver the following benefits to the community over the next 20 years. 

  • £30,000 of electricity savings for Watchfield Village Hall
  • £30,000 to support WeSET’s local environmental projects
  • 4.7 tonnes CO2 savings a year

We're delighted to have awarded eleven £500 grants to our community shareholder groups from across the county so far this year, and shortly we'll be announcing the outcome of our 2017 large grants programme. 

Saskya Huggins, Community Benefit Manager