Jo Churchill MP is looking to recruit a part-time Parliamentary Assistant/Senior Parliamentary Assistant to join her team, based in Westminster. The role will be four days a week (Monday-Thursday with the possibility of moving to 5 days a week) and will be the sole Westminster-based staff member. The ideal candidate must have previous experience working for an MP and the role would suit someone already working at a senior level, or seeking the next step in their career in Parliament.
The successful candidate will be responsible for providing research and briefings on a wide range of topics and be able to proactively identify opportunities for pursuing local, regional and national issues to support the MPs work. Experience in producing content for social media is an essential requirement.
You should be self sufficient and able to work alone, able to manage competing priorities efficiently and calmly; be proactive, competent and confident acting on your own initiative, as well as being a strong team-player.
Duties will include, but not limited to:
- Ensuring the MP is fully briefed on business of the House
- Proficient in running and managing social media
- Have experience and understanding of rural constituencies
- Lead on project work, and establish and develop strategies around research development
- Compiling research and briefing packs for MP, on local, national, and regional issues
- Produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes and professional advice
- Horizon scanning to identify opportunities to pursue topics of local importance and to progress priority campaigns
- Manage and progress casework as required
- Drafting correspondence on a wide variety of issues
- Attending meetings on behalf of the MP and engaging with stakeholders as required
- Experience of working in Parliament and knowledge of the resources available to MPs
- Experience of a rural constituency
- 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
- Some travel to the constituency will be required
- Knowledge of rural constituency issues would be useful
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.