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Vacancy: Policy Director


The Policy Director is responsible for the advocacy strategy and its implementation. She/he acts in close cooperation with the CEO to turn national and EU political agendas into support and opportunities for OEE members.

The Policy Director is an external face of the Association. His/her aim is for the Association to remain the go-to organisation for ocean energy worldwide, for industry and decision-makers. This requires delivering best-possible service to members and providing accurate and compelling information and messages to European and national policymakers.


Policy & Lobbying

– Define the yearly policy/advocacy strategy in line with OEE objectives – with CEO

– Act as a public spokesperson for the sector – in several languages – and ensure the Association is well represented at sectoral, EU or global events

– Plan and execute/manage the execution of lobby campaigns at all levels, with or without sector representation

– Write/manage the writing of policy documents – from position papers to fully-fledged published reports such as the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda or the ‘Powering Homes’ report

– Conduct or manage policy analysis to generate data and define main messages

– Engage with external stakeholders – industry coalitions, other renewables, NGOs,
Line manage the policy team

– Engage with the press in collaboration with the Communications Director

– Provide input to EU-funded projects, both in the proposal stage, but also in their implementation and management


Membership Services

– Regularly inform and engage with the membership to ensure they benefit from OEE work

– Maintain a deep and up-to-date understanding of how the EU funding landscape can support OEE member activities

– Answer policy queries from members/ Lead Partners

– Write/manage the writing of regular briefings for members

– Help design sessions and propose speakers for the annual conference

– Manage the OEE Finance Working Group

– Consult members when appropriate on policy dossiers

– Actively generate ideas to improve membership benefits

– Proactively seek to increase the number and status of members



– Coordinate Board reporting, prepare policy input, manage Board with CEO



– University degree in relevant field (political sciences / economy / environment…)

– Mandatory: Minimum 7 years experience

– Mandatory: Excellent oral and written English (proven)

– Mandatory: Proven track-record in working with EU institutions and national authorities; excellent knowledge of EU structures and decision-making processes

– Asset: Speaker-level in other languages, particularly Spanish and Dutch

– Asset: In-depth understanding of the Energy / Renewables / Ocean Energy sectors at EU and world level.




– Highly driven, self-motivated and ambitious for the organisation and the sector.

– Sound judgement. Able to provide rapid analyses of data & issues and present clear recommendations to internal and external audiences.

– Team-player, sharing and caring

– Open, transparent and joyful personality, good presence on and off-stage.

We assume all candidates will be able to prioritise, work under pressure, on budget and to tight deadlines, have an eye for detail, etc…




Ocean Energy Europe offers an attractive salary and benefits package under Belgian law.

– Open-term contract, starting before year end

– Based in Brussels at OEE offices – significant travel

– Possibility to work from home



How to apply

Send curriculum vitae and motivation letter to OEE CEO ( by 17 July close of business.

CVs in “Europass” format or other institutional templates will not be considered.