Policy Director – Energy Trade Association

Practice Area: Alliance, coalition and association support

Location: Dublin

About the Association


The Association is a leading membership-based organisation and operates in Ireland within the energy sector. The Association is a key player in Ireland’s decarbonisation journey and supports energy saving measures across a diverse range of sectors including residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture, leisure and transport sectors in Ireland.


The Secretariat of the Association is managed by Instinctif Partners.



About the role


Working with the Chair of Association and the members of the Association’s Public Affairs Working Group, the Policy Director will be a key member of the Association team. Working alongside the Association Secretariat, the Policy Director will lead the Association’s policy advocacy and communication efforts at national and local level. As lead advocate for the Association, the Policy Director will lead on the formulation and representation of key policy positions, drive advocacy campaigns and secure wide recognition of the Association’s interests in the political arena. The Policy Director will help formulate and execute the strategy of the Association in agreement with the members of the Association’s Public Affairs Working Group. She/he will ensure the internal cohesion of the association and drive/project manage the internal work of the association. The Policy Director will be the face of the association and work directly with the Association Secretariat.





The Policy Director will be responsible for the Association’s policy representation with key decision makers and will help the Association to identify the necessary actions to ensure a broad spread of the Association’s mission, objectives and key issues, including:


  • Identify clearly the annual Association policy advocacy objectives and the required outcomes and prioritise policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement, in accordance with these objectives.
  • Monitor and provide analytical assessment of the impact of relevant policy and legislative developments to the Association members
  • Formulate and lead on key policy positions, representing the sector’s interests in the development of energy and environment policy and drive key sectoral outcomes
  • Prepare detailed, evidenced responses to relevant public consultations
  • Develop and execute policy and media outreach plans in line with agreed annual objectives, ensuring that the Association’s positions on public policy are articulated clearly and effectively
  • Contribute to the Association’s advocacy narratives and support the development of external engagement strategies
  • Develop a strong network of senior policy, political, civil servant and industry groups and be a vocal and visible advocate for key sectoral priorities in the policy/public affairs sphere.
  • Identify new collaboration/alliance opportunities with like-minded third-party organisations to support the work of the Association
  • Draft relevant materials to support Association meetings and events
  • Stay up to date on policy and regulatory developments; contribute to regular updates for the Association’s members, including written overviews and presentations
  • Work alongside the members of the Association’s Public Affairs Work Group, the Secretariat and others to deliver clear policy messages to wider audiences


The Policy Director will help lead and facilitate the internal working of the association. As a team player she/he will drive the discussions with a view to develop a common strategy, policy outreach and implementation plan.





  •  A 3rd level degree; ideally, energy, built environment, economics or public policy background
  • At least 10 years of experience in a policy role and a good understanding of Irish and or European affairs
  • Results driven and a proven track record in delivering favourable policy outcomes
  • Excellent leadership and management abilities
  • Strong networking, influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Very strong communication skills
  • Excellent editorial, writing, research, analysis and policy development skills; demonstrable experience of policy development to a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Detail oriented, well organised and strong initiative
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and navigate a matrix organization with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to think creatively and drive collaboration to secure favourable outcomes
  • Inter-personal skills: diplomatic, good listener, but able to be decisive if needed, collaborative, people-oriented and open-minded
  • Dynamic personality with a high level of integrity and a real team player
  • Experience of working with a trade association / membership-based organisation
  • Knowledge of the energy or environmental policy landscape in Ireland.

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