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Communications Manager (new post)


Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) has been developing community energy projects since 2011 under the guiding principle of promoting local sustainability and economic inclusion. It’s a social enterprise which aspires to significantly contribute to the Zero Carbon transition and ‘Build Back Better’ opportunities in ways which bring tangible local community benefit.

BEC is seeking an experienced Communications Manager committed to making positive environmental and social impact. The role will suit someone looking for an opportunity to play a decisive and hands-on role within a small and nimble community business. The Communications Manager will take over as lead for Communications strategy and delivery and work closely with other members of the BEC operations team.

On a day-to-day basis the role will involve maintaining BEC’s social media presence and web site, writing blogs and articles, collating newsletters, responding to media queries and requests, and giving interviews. It will also include a ‘front-of-house’ function for investor, partner, and general enquiries.

When BEC is running a campaign such as a major fund-raise the role will also involve managing contracts with any additional external marketing resources taken on for the duration of that campaign.

Candidates should have a proven record of managing communications and marketing within business settings, and an ability to identify and deploy compelling narratives.

Excellent social media skills are essential, as is the ability to confidently engage with broadcast media, write press releases and be interviewed.

The successful candidate will also attend the monthly board meeting to gain a deep understanding of BEC’s overall strategy and plans. They will also oversee the organisation of BEC’s AGM & other significant events.

Knowledge of the community energy and renewable energy sectors is not essential but previous involvement in fundraising or investment will be useful. It’s preferred that the successful candidate is based in the Bristol area.

This is a full time position with a salary of £28,000 – £34,000 depending on experience. Bristol Energy Cooperative is an equal opportunities employer.

Application by way of letter and CV, including the names of at least two referees, should be sent to by 31 July 2021. Informal discussion prior to application is welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Andy O’Brien at

In the first eighteen months, half the Communications Manager’s time will be spent working within the Project Team on the Bristol Community Hydro Scheme (BCHS) during the construction, commissioning, and early operation phases, during which time community engagement is an important aspect of the project.

BCHS is supported by a European Regional Development Fund grant and receiving up to £1.15m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Program 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community.

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