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Big Solar Co-op Local Coordinator (Shropshire & Telford)

£24,000 a year - Part-time, Full-time, Fixed term contract



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  • Flexible schedule
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home

Full job description

The Big Solar Co-op and Shropshire and Telford Community Energy (STCE) are looking for a Big Solar Co-op local coordinator (Shropshire and Telford) to join our team. You will be employed by Sharenergy Co-operative Limited ('Sharenergy').

As a key part of our Big Solar Co-op + STCE joint project you will work with a UK-wide network of activists to build new solar PV in Shropshire and Telford, on a wide range of public and commercial buildings.

You will be the first point of contact and responsible for liaison with stakeholders in the wider Shropshire area, STCE members and counterparts at the Big Solar Co-op to help deliver an ambitious target of detailed proposals for 500 kW of new rooftop solar in Shropshire and Telford by the end of 2023.

Your responsibilities will include the following:

  • Identification of new potential solar sites in Shropshire and Telford
  • Recruitment of new long-term local volunteers
  • Showcase the Big Solar Co-op + STCE partnership through marketing and publicity activities
  • Helping potential solar site owners to use the site self-referral process
  • Designing solar arrays using OpenSolar software (training will be provided)
  • Developing outline proposals specific to those sites
  • Approaches to and liaison with identified sites

You will work with the experienced Big Solar Co-op team and our contractors who will provide the legal, financial and technical support to deliver the solar sites you identify.

Person Specification


  • Confident communicator and able to initiate conversations with various stakeholders and develop partnerships.
  • A good basic understanding of solar energy technology.
  • Understand and support the aims of the community energy movement. You will need to be fired up to find practical solutions to the climate crisis.
  • Understanding of setting up and running events and online meetings.
  • IT literate with an excellent understanding of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) plus online tools such as Dropbox and Google Suite.
  • A commitment to diversity and anti-discriminatory practice.


  • Experience in a commercial or social business environment giving you a good command of financial, policy and project management fundamentals.
  • Experience of recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers
  • Knowledgeable about delivery of project marketing and communications, including social media.

Contract offer

Employment: Part-time, 1 year fixed term contract.

Salary: £24k FTE (depending on experience) - 2 days/week

Holidays: 25 days plus statutory holidays (pro rata)

Location: Candidates will need to be able to easily access sites in Shropshire and Telford. Candidates may work from home or from the Sharenergy office in Shrewsbury. Sharenergy will cover the cost of a laptop and mobile with a contract for work purposes.

As we are working with community groups and sites throughout the Shropshire area, travel for site visits and meetings is a crucial aspect of the role and the successful candidate may expect to regularly travel around the area.

Flexible working: The role can be delivered flexibly within (nominally) normal office hours. However, it is often necessary to attend meetings in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. Applicants need to be flexible and willing to work around the needs of the projects.

Travel: All travel expenses incurred for the purposes of this work will be reimbursed by Sharenergy. Mileage can be paid when needed but, wherever reasonably possible, employees are encouraged to use public transport.

Timeline: The deadline for applications is 16 May 2022 and selected candidates will be asked to attend a one hour Zoom interview on 24 May. The role is then available for an immediate start.

Job Types: Part-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months
Part-time hours: 16 per week

Salary: £24,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule
  • Sick pay
  • Work from home

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Shrewsbury, Shropshire: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)

Application question(s):

  • Please tell us in a few sentences why you think you would be a good fit specifically for this role with the Big Solar Co-op?


  • UK driving Licence (preferred)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Application deadline: 16/05/2022
Reference ID: BSC-LC Shrops & Telford