Mainstream Renewable Power is the leading independent developer of utility-scale wind and solar power plants. The company is focused on delivering a high quality portfolio of more than seven gigawatts of wind and solar assets across high-growth markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
In Chile, Mainstream owns 1.3GW of fully contracted wind and solar projects in operation, in construction or at late stage development, due to its unprecedented success in government auctions. Since entering the Chilean market in 2009, Mainstream has built up the most comprehensive portfolio of wind and solar energy projects in the country, extending to over 2,000 megawatts across more than 40 projects.
Summary of Role:
The Senior community relations executive is a graduated professional preferably from the social sciences. S/he will have a minimum of 5 years working directly with communities throughout Chile, and at least 2 years working with indigenous communities of the North of Chile, preferable in the II Region of Antofagasta. Knowledge of environmental and indigenous legislation is a must.
The candidate will be based in Calama (or nearby) and will be responsible for engaging with stakeholders relevant to Mainstream´s wind projects in the II Region. S/he will be a part of Public Affairs and Community Relations Team, reporting directly to the Antofagasta Communities and Stakeholders Manager and will be responsible for advising the project manager on all relevant stakeholders and possible social risks to each project.
S/he will carry out the corporate community relations plan, ensuring all Mainstream values are present, and will aim to obtain the social license to construct and operate each project.
The candidate will have the ability to engage with communities of different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and will look for opportunities to develop programs and projects that create shared value between Mainstream and the communities in order to contribute to local development.
The candidate must also have knowledge of the local political networks and must have the ability to relate to regional, and municipal authorities as well as communities.
What you will do? [Key Responsibilities and Activities]
- Be part of the Public Affairs and Community Relations Team, carrying out community relations work for wind and solar projects to be constructed in the II Region.
- Support Project Managers on all work that could influence communities and advise and support project managers in all community meetings or other community work necessary to render the projects operational.
- Inform Project Manager and Antofagasta Communities and Stakeholders Manager and Team on all relevant community issues and social risks.
- Identify all relevant stakeholders,
- Maintain up to date stakeholder map, which includes communities and local and regional authorities,
- Present Mainstream and explain projects to community when needed,
- Ensure community observations are considered in project design,
- Get information and advice Antofagasta Communities and Stakeholders Manager and Project Manager on community´s livelihoods and life systems,
- Get information and advice Antofagasta Communities and Stakeholders Manager and Project Manager on community´s opinions of Mainstream and its projects,
- Inform Antofagasta Communities and Stakeholders Manager and Project Managers of relevant community issues and project risks,
- Propose context appropriate methodologies to engage and work with communities,
- Organize community meetings,
- Support Project Manager in all community meetings,
- Write minutes of community meetings,
- Perform workshops with communities to agree social programs that could be co-developed,
- Propose strategies for engagement with local authorities and regional authorities,
- Provide support to project managers in obtaining construction sectorial permits,
- Coordinate with communications executive to propose communications materials to be developed for each project and audience,
- Track all community stakeholders and documents in Mainstream community relations tracking system,
- Ensure all commitments of RCA are followed through in the pre-construction, construction and operations phases,
- Ensure all contractors are informed on all social commitments and ensure these are carried out.
What we require? [Key Skills, Knowledge and Experience]
- Professional degree in social or geographical sciences, five years of experience working in community engagement, and 2 years of experience working with Atacameños indigenous group.
- Knowledge of participatory methodologies.
- Knowledge of environmental legislation and project development process.
- Knowledge of English preferred.
- Have knowledge of regional and municipal authorities and their roles.
- Must be based in Calama and must be able to travel periodically to Santiago.
- Drive License is required.
- Ability to engage with individuals of different cultures and socioeconomic background,
- Ability to perceive the non-written rules and dynamics of the community organization,
- Patience to adhere to other people´s and cultures´ timeframes,
- Capacity to engage in dialogue with individuals and group leaders of a diversity of backgrounds,
- Have good organizational skills.
- Able to think strategically and prioritize tasks.
- Able to perceive cultural norms and unwritten rules.
- Able to anticipate problems and propose a viable solution.
- Able to anticipate social risks that may affect a project.
- Be proactive to propose work methodologies and solution to problems.
- Have a courteous and helpful manner.
- Able to maintain respect and confidence with others.
- Be a good team worker and work well other others.
- Able to communicate clearly to varied groups of people
What we offer?
We offer you the opportunity to work in a diverse, flexible and entrepreneurial organisation, in a growth industry. You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary and bonus scheme.