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**Please note, a General Election has been called, and as of 30th May 2024 there will be no Members of Parliament. Sharon Hodgson is standing as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Washington and Sunderland West. This recruitment campaign will remain open, but no contract can be offered ahead of the election on the 4th July.**

 

Sharon Hodgson MP is looking to recruit a Constituency Support Officer to join her team, based in Washington, to support her with her work on behalf of the constituents of Washington and Sunderland West. This is ideally a full time role, but flexibility will be considered for the right candidate. 

The role will predominantly involve managing Sharon's busy diary, triaging the MP's main inbox and arranging local meetings, surgeries, and events. You will need to be confident engaging with constituents and building relationships with local stakeholders. 

Sharon is looking for a team member who is passionate about the difference MPs can make to the lives of their constituents and communities, with good organisational skills and strong initiative. Applications encouraged from those who are keen to make the role their own, and support the work of a busy team working on pressing local and national issues. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversight and management of the diary
  • Helping to plan and arrange constituency visits
  • Assisting with surgeries, local meetings and events 
  • Building and maintaining relationships with local stakeholders, businesses and organisations
  • Researching local, regional and national issues to support the MP’s work 
  • Engaging with constituents’ face to face, over the telephone and in writing 
  • Assisting with the external communication presence of the MP’s office, through website and social media 
  • Supporting the team with constituency casework, drafting correspondence and ensuring cases reach resolution
  • Administrative duties to support the office as needed

Requirements:

  • Experience managing a diary at a senior level
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Good IT skills, including Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work proactively, independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritise tasks and manage own workload
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party

Upon appointment you will be required to apply for security clearance, undertaken by the Security Vetting and Pass Office. See Members’ Staff Security Clearance page for further info. Pay will be in accordance with IPSA guidelines. For security purposes. 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.  

Initial 12 months fixed term contract.

Salary inline with IPSA payscales, starting at £22,605

 

Location: Washington, UK
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 20-05-2024

**ELECTION UPDATE**

Following the General Election we will be providing new MPs with temporary support from experienced staff. You must have experience in Parliament at a senior level, and have permission from your current MP that you can take on additional work around your current hours. Even an hour a day can be useful for a new MP to help them triage their inbox and manage urgent casework. 

Please submit your details through this application process and we will contact you shortly with more details.

 

Hive Support has been recruiting for Members of Parliament in Westminster and across the UK for many years. We are the only specialist Parliamentary recruitment service, and regularly support MPs from all sides of the House with finding the right candidates for their teams. 

We are often asked to help find short-term, experienced staff to help cover sickness, annual leave or temporary increases in workloads. We rely on a pool of experienced staff to help us provide this service, and are always looking for new candidates who wish to take on additional work around their current role, or on an ongoing flexible basis.  

If you are already working for an MP, your IPSA contract states that you must have their permission to take on additional work. Please ensure you are clear on all your contractural and procedural requirements before you take on additional work. 

Please provide a cover letter alongside your CV advising what sort of work you are able to take on, this could include:

  • Casework
  • IPSA
  • Press/Comms
  • Research
  • Chief of Staff/Office Management
  • Constituency Support 

As well as providing an idea of what commitment you can offer:

  • Full time 
  • Part time
  • Flexi-time (around a current role)

We will keep your details on file and contact you as and when contracts become available. 

Pay rate: Negotiable
Job published: 20-02-2024