Katherine is looking to recruit a highly motivated Parliamentary Assistant to join her team, either in Westminster or in South Ribble based at the constituency office in Leyland.
The role will focus on supporting Katherine’s work and interests in Parliament across a range of policy areas, along with community issues and projects in South Ribble.
Applicants should have a detailed understanding of the daily workings and processes of Parliament. They should also be able to work well as part of the team as well as independently.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills are essential, as is the ability to manage a large and varied workload effectively. Local knowledge of the South Ribble area would be helpful.
The successful applicant will demonstrate:
- A high level of attention to detail, with excellent organisational skills
- A flexible nature with the ability to adapt quickly
- Competence across a range of IT systems, including Microsoft Office
- A willingness to take on a variety of tasks, including supporting other team members, research, preparing speeches and articles
Duties will include but not be limited to:
- Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues
- Liaising on Constituency campaigns in order to flag links to Parliamentary work
- Horizon scanning to identify opportunities to pursue topics of local importance and to progress priority campaigns
- To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House
- Lead on project work
- Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
- Research local, regional, national or international issues to support the MPs’ work
- To produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice
- Undertake research on relevant subjects as directed
- Liaise with Government agencies, voluntary sector and others
- Experience of working in Parliament and knowledge of the resources available to MPs
- Experience of political social media management
- Outstanding written and verbal skills, with keen attention to detail
- Ability to complete work quickly, to a high standard, often under pressure
- Professionalism, diplomacy, and political awareness are essential
- There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours, including assisting with events with the MP as requested
- Travel between offices will be required
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info.
You must have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years out of the last 5 years, and able to supply proof of your right to work in the UK.