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Polly Billington MP is dedicated to fighting for the people of East Thanet and is looking to recruit a Senior Parliamentary Assistant who shares this passion and drive to make a real difference. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting Polly’s mission to improve the lives of her constituents. Based in Westminster, this is a part-time role (ideally 2.5 days a week) and would suit someone looking to work for multiple MPs.

Applicants should have a detailed understanding of the daily workings and processes of Parliament, and able to use the resources available to MPs to create high profile campaigns and media opportunities to benefit the constituency. They should also be able to work well as part of a small team as well as independently. A flexible approach to hours is needed as there may be times when later work in the evening will required as per Parliamentary business.

 

The role will include developing effective communications and campaign strategies to put East Thanet at the heart of the national conversation: drafting press releases, selling stories into local and national media, preparing for broadcast appearances and liaising with journalists. It will also involve producing content for the website and social media. An understanding of current affairs and sympathy with the aims and values of the Labour Party is essential.

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, and programmes for designing, delivering and monitoring digital campaigns
  • 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
  • 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
  • Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
  • Draft press and social posts and support wider the communications objectives via the website, mass mailing, newsletters and social media
  • Monitoring media coverage and social media channels
  • Creating communication plans to accompany campaigns and events
  • Producing and editing videos and other content for social media
  • Establishing effective working relationships with local and national media
  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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
  • Some travel to the constituency will be required

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay scales £38,404-£59,803 (FTE)
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme

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.  

Closing date: 2nd August 2024

Location: East Thanet
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 22-07-2024

Polly Billington MP is dedicated to fighting for the people of East Thanet and is looking to recruit a Head of Office who shares this passion and drive to make a real difference. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting Polly’s mission to improve the lives of her constituents. Based in East Thanet with opportunities to work in Westminster, you will have access to comprehensive support and training available to Parliamentary staff.

The Head of Office's first task will be to help set up new office systems and support recruitment of the remaining team members. The role is ideally full time, but open to requests for part-time/flexible working to fulfil some or all of the role, to suit the right candidate.

The Head of Office will be responsible for managing Polly’s busy diary, coordinating the team's workload, and will assist with local meetings, surgeries, and events, as well as engaging with constituents and other stakeholders. The post-holder will support constituency casework and enquiries, as well as provide administrative support and maintain the running of the office.

 

The ideal candidate will have experience of running an office, be motivated, confident in acting on their own initiative, comfortable leading the team, able to prioritise a busy workload, and able to demonstrate good political nous. They should have strong written and verbal communication skills and be calm under pressure. Some experience of working in local government, professional services or within the voluntary and charitable sectors would be an advantage.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP
  • Ensure the office is fully equipped, safe and secure and technology fully functioning and serviced
  • Proactively manage the MP’s diary arranging meetings, surgeries and events
  • Supervise the office team, including assisting with recruitment and overseeing training and development
  • Oversee budgets, manage business costs via IPSA Online and keep MP informed of all relevant financial matters
  • Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public, organisations, and constituents
  • Triage the MP’s inbox, ensuring work is distributed and actioned across the team
  • Take and manage incoming calls, face-to-face enquiries, and emails
  • Horizon-scan, anticipate what advice or action may be required and proactively identify problems and resolve them
  • Have final signoff on all relevant delegated areas from the MP
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with the data protection legislation
  • Liaise with House of Commons authorities and external bodies; including Government Ministers and other senior stakeholders
  • The role holder may be required to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP as required

Requirements:

  • Experience working as a senior administrator and team managers, with responsibility for overseeing budgets or managing business costs
  • A genuine interest in helping constituents
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team
  • A highly motivated staff member, with a positive can-do attitude and ability to work independently and collectively as part of a small team
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, with keen attention to detail
  • An interest in current affairs, local and national politics
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA Office Manager pay-scale £31,967-£52,793
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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.

Closing date: 2nd August 2024

Location: East Thanet
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 22-07-2024

Polly Billington MP is dedicated to fighting for the people of East Thanet and is looking to recruit a Caseworker who shares this passion and drive to make a real difference. The successful candidate will support Polly’s mission to ensure that constituents’ concerns are heard and addressed. This role can be based in East Thanet or undertaken remotely, depending on the applicant's experience.

As a Caseworker, you will manage a large caseload of complex cases, ensuring actions are taken and constituents are kept informed throughout. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, along with a sympathetic approach to the values of the Labour Party, are essential.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Answering enquiries from constituents and progressing casework.
  • Managing a large caseload of cases.
  • Logging cases, monitoring progress, and ensuring data is held and processed in accordance with regulations.
  • Ensuring that casework is dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially, and accurately.
  • Liaising with Government agencies, local government departments, the voluntary sector, and others to resolve constituency matters.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant policy and legislation.
  • Providing general administrative support.
  • Working collaboratively alongside other team members.
  • Assisting with arranging surgeries.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have previous experience working in a similar casework-related role.
  • Be able to work independently while staying in touch with the rest of the team.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence in interacting with, and advocating on behalf of, a wide range of people.
  • Possess a clear and concise letter writing style.
  • Demonstrate good attention to detail and ability to prioritise their workload.
  • Experience using casework management software is desirable.

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales - £22,605-£36,744 dependent on experience
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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. If you need any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage, then please advise of these in your application. 

 

Closing date: 2nd August 2024

Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 22-07-2024

Jo Platt MP is looking to recruit a Constituency Support Officer to join her team on a full time basis, to support her with her work on behalf of the constituents of Leigh and Atherton.

This is an ideal opportunity to support an active and engaged MP, where you will be involved in all areas of Jo's work, with plenty of opportunity to contribute and work collaboratively.

A positive attitude and willingness to roll up your sleeves is much more valuable than directly relevant experience. Jo is keen to be visibly active within her constituency and welcomes candidates with enthusiasm, ideas and the drive and determination to maximise opportunities within Parliament and locally. 

The role will include producing content for the website, social media and developing effective communication and campaign strategies. Engaging with local stakeholders, planning and accompanying the MP on local visits, and working on projects and campaigns to support the MP’s visibility in the constituency. An understanding of current affairs and sympathy with the aims and values of the Labour Party is essential.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Draft press and social media posts
  • Support wider the communications objectives via the website, mass mailing, newsletters and social media
  • Monitoring media coverage and social media channels
  • Creating communication plans to accompany campaigns and events
  • Lead on community engagement projects (eg: the Christmas card competition)
  • Producing and editing videos and other content for social media
  • Establishing effective working relationships with local media 
  • Assist with research, projects and speech writing
  • Assist the casework team as required, including dealing with constituency enquiries over the phone and in person
  • Assist with arranging and attending events 
  • Horizon scan to identify opportunities to pursue topics of local importance and to progress priority campaigns
  • Research and draft responses to constituents on policy and campaign issues
  • Undertake research to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues affecting relevant interests

Person Specification

Essential

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to produce high-quality copy
  • A strong sense of what makes good visual content
  • An interest in current affairs and policy issues
  • Ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of how to use social media, websites and email 

  • Understanding of how to produce graphics and video content 
  • Experience of researching and presenting information in an easily digestible format
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to work well under pressure and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Commitment to the values of the Labour Party

Desirable

  • Previous experience working in Parliament or with MPs
  • Knowledge of how to analyse online metrics to improve future communications
  • Experience of using WordPress, MailChimp, Adobe and Canva
  • A full UK driving license
  • Experience of managing projects
  • Good all-round IT skills
  • Ability to work out of hours on occasion

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales £22,605-£36,744 depending on experience
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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. If you need any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage, then please advise of these in your application. 

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 31st July, 2024
Interviews (ideally): Friday 9th August, in the constituency office

 

Location: UK
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 18-07-2024

Jo Platt MP, is looking to build a team to support her work on behalf of the constituents of Leigh & Atherton.

 

Caseworkers play an important role in an MP’s office, supporting the MP to ensure that constituents concerns are heard and actioned. These are full time roles based in the constituency office in Leigh.

 

You will be responsible for managing a large caseload of complex cases, ensuring actions are taken and constituents are kept informed throughout. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a sympathetic approach to the values of the Labour Party are essential.

 

At the senior level, the ideal candidate would have previous experience working in a similar casework related role and can work independently, demonstrating strong leadership skills when supervising other staff members.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Answering enquiries from constituents and progressing casework
  • Managing a large caseload of cases
  • Logging cases, monitoring progress, and ensuring data is held and processed in accordance with regulations
  • Ensuring that casework is dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially, and accurately
  • Liaising with Government agencies, local government departments, voluntary sector, and others to resolve constituency matters
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant policy and legislation
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Working collaboratively alongside other team members
  • Assisting with arranging and attending surgeries

 

Requirements:

  • Experience of casework, a public-facing role or working directly with the public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence interacting with, and advocating on behalf of, a wide range of people
  • Clear and concise letter writing style
  • Good attention to detail and ability to prioritise their workload
  • Experience using Casework management software is desirable

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales - Caseworker: £22,605-£36,744 - Senior Caseworker: £29,727-£46,381 dependent on experience
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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. If you need any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage, then please advise of these in your application. 

 

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 31st July, 2024

Interviews (ideally): Friday 9th August, in the constituency office

 

Location: UK
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 18-07-2024

Jo Platt MP is looking to recruit an experienced Office Manager to be part of a team making a real impact for the people of Leigh and Atherton. This is a full time role based in the constituency office in Leigh.

This demanding role will involve you working closely with Jo to deliver her priorities for her constituents. You will be heavily involved in all aspects of constituency and Parliamentary life and will have responsibility for coordinating the team's busy workload.

This role would suit someone highly organised, able to lead and motivate a team and driven to make real impact for the people of Leigh & Atherton.

The ideal candidate will be motivated, confident in acting on their own initiative, comfortable leading the team, able to prioritise a busy workload, and able to demonstrate good political nous.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP
  • Lead a highly professional administrative support function for the MP’s office

     

  • Supervise the office team, including overseeing training and development

  • Oversee budgets and keep MP informed of all relevant financial matters
  • Managing the MP's busy diary and being able to prioritise key meetings and engagements 
  • Liaising with police and security, to ensure that correct safety protocols are adhered to
  • Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public, organisations in the constituency and constituents through a variety of methods
  • Take ownership of complex casework
  • Monitor incoming calls, face to face enquiries, emails and social media enquiries
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with the data protection legislation
  • Liaise with House of Commons authorities and external bodies; including Government Ministers and other senior stakeholders
  • Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required; proactively identify problems and resolve them
  • Have final signoff on all relevant delegated areas from the MP
  • The role holder will be required to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP as required

Requirements:

  • Experience working as a senior administrator and team manager
  • A genuine interest in helping constituents
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team
  • A highly motivated staff member, with a positive can-do attitude and ability to work independently and collectively as part of a small team
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, with keen attention to detail
  • An interest in current affairs, local and national politics
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales £31,967-£52,793 dependent on experience
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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. If you need any reasonable adjustments at the interview stage, then please advise of these in your application. 

 

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 31st July

Interviews (ideally): Friday 9th August, in the constituency office

Location: UK
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 18-07-2024

Details:

Permanent contract with a 6 month probationary review.

Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales £31,967-£52,793

Julia Buckley MP is looking to recruit an experienced Office Manager to be part of a team making a real impact for the people of Shrewsbury. The Manager's first task will be to set up the new office and support recruitment of the remaining team members. The role is ideally full time, but open to requests for part-time/flexible working to fulfil some or all of the role, to suit the right candidate.

The Office Manager will be responsible for managing Julia’s busy diary, coordinating the team's workload, and will assist with local meetings, surgeries, and events, as well as engaging with constituents and other stakeholders. The post-holder will support constituency casework and enquiries, as well as provide administrative support and maintain the running of the office.

 

The ideal candidate will have experience of running an office, be motivated, confident in acting on their own initiative, comfortable leading the team, able to prioritise a busy workload, and able to demonstrate good political nous. They should have strong written and verbal communication skills and be calm under pressure. Some experience of working in local government, professional services or within the voluntary and charitable sectors would be an advantage.

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP
  • Ensure the office is fully equipped, safe and secure and technology fully functioning and serviced
  • Proactively manage the MP’s diary arranging meetings, surgeries and events
  • Supervise the office team, including assisting with recruitment and overseeing training and development
  • Oversee budgets, manage business costs via IPSA Online and keep MP informed of all relevant financial matters
  • Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public, organisations, and constituents
  • Triage the MP’s inbox, ensuring work is distributed and actioned across the team
  • Take and manage incoming calls, face-to-face enquiries, and emails
  • Horizon-scan, anticipate what advice or action may be required and proactively identify problems and resolve them
  • Have final signoff on all relevant delegated areas from the MP
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with the data protection legislation
  • Liaise with House of Commons authorities and external bodies; including Government Ministers and other senior stakeholders
  • The role holder may be required to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP as required

Requirements:

  • Experience working as a senior administrator and team managers, with responsibility for overseeing budgets or managing business costs
  • A genuine interest in helping constituents
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team
  • A highly motivated staff member, with a positive can-do attitude and ability to work independently and collectively as part of a small team
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, with keen attention to detail
  • An interest in current affairs, local and national politics
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party

Benefits: 

  • Competitive salary within IPSA pay-scales £31,967-£52,793
  • Holiday allowance starting at 22 days, rising to 26 in year two, and 28 in third and subsequent years (plus bank holidays)
  • Generous employer contribution pension scheme 
  • Access to training and professional development opportunities 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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.

Closing date: 31st July, interviews will take place on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged. 

Location: Shrewsbury, UK
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 17-07-2024

Sarah Sackman MP is looking to build a team to support her work on behalf of the constituents of Finchley & Golders Green. The constituency based roles are Senior Caseworker/Constituency Support Manager and Junior Caseworker.

Senior Caseworker/Constituency Support Manager

Salary range £34,766 - £48,774 depending on experience

This is an ideal opportunity to support an active and engaged MP, where you will be involved in all areas of Sarah's work, with plenty of opportunity to contribute and work collaboratively across the team.

The role will predominantly involve engaging with community organisations, groups and businesses, assisting with complex casework and arranging local meetings, surgeries, and events. You will need to be confident engaging with constituents and building relationships with local stakeholders. 

Sarah is looking for a team member who is passionate about the difference MP's can make to the lives of their constituents and communities, with good organisational skills and strong initiative.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring casework is managed and actioned efficiently
  • Supporting the team with constituency casework, drafting correspondence and ensuring cases reach resolution
  • Administrative duties to support the office and MP as needed
  • 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 

Requirements:

  • Experience of casework, a public-facing role or working directly with the public
  • 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
  • An understanding of the immigration and benefits systems is desirable 

 

Caseworker 

Salary range £22,605-£36,744 depending on experience

Caseworkers play an important role in an MP’s office, supporting the MP to ensure that constituents concerns are heard and actioned. This role is ideally full time, but part-time applications will be considered. 

You will be responsible for managing a large caseload, ensuring actions are taken and constituents are kept informed throughout. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a sympathetic approach to the values of the Labour Party are essential.

Responsibilities:

  • Answering enquiries from constituents and progressing casework
  • Managing a large caseload of cases
  • Logging cases, monitoring progress, and ensuring data is held and processed in accordance with regulations
  • Ensuring that casework is dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially, and accurately
  • Liaising with Government agencies, local government departments, voluntary sector, and others to resolve constituency matters
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Working collaboratively alongside other team members
  • Assisting with arranging and attending surgeries and local events

Requirements:

  • Experience of casework, a public-facing role or working directly with the public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence interacting with, and advocating on behalf of, a wide range of people
  • Clear and concise letter writing style
  • Good attention to detail and ability to prioritise their workload
  • Experience using Casework management software

 

Application details:

Please ensure your cover letter clearly states which position you are applying for and how your experience meets the requirements of the role.

Closing date: Initial closing date of 4th August 2024, but candidates will be considered on a rolling basis so early applications are welcome.

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

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.

Location: Finchley & Golders Green
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 17-07-2024

Blake Stephenson MP, is looking to build a team to support his work on behalf of the constituents of Mid-Bedfordshire. The constituency based roles are Office Manager/Senior Caseworker, Caseworker and Senior Communications Officer.

 

Office Manager/Senior Caseworker

Salary range £31,967-£52,793 depending on experience

The Office Manager will be responsible for managing Blake’s busy diary and will assist with local meetings, surgeries, and events, as well as engaging with constituents and other stakeholders. The postholder will support constituency casework and enquiries, as well as provide administrative support and maintain the running of the office.

 

The ideal candidate will have experience of running an office. They should have strong written and verbal communication skills and be calm under pressure. Some experience of working in local government, professional services or within the voluntary and charitable sectors would be an advantage but is not a requirement.

 

Duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure the office is fully equipped, safe and secure and technology fully functioning and serviced
  • Proactively manage the MP’s diary arranging meetings, surgeries and events
  • Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public, organisations, and constituents
  • Triage the MP’s inbox, ensuring work is distributed and actioned across the team
  • Take and manage incoming calls, face-to-face enquiries, and emails
  • Horizon-scan, anticipate what advice or action may be required and proactively identify problems and resolve them
  • Have final signoff on all relevant delegated areas from the MP

 

Requirements:

  • Previous experience working as a Senior Administrator/Office Manager and managing a busy diary
  • A genuine interest in helping constituents
  • A highly motivated staff member, with a positive can-do attitude and ability to work independently and collectively as part of a small team
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, financial literacy with keen attention to detail
  • Good people skills, dealing confidently and empathetically with the public
  • A driving licence and use of a car are essential in this rural constituency

 

 

Caseworker 

Salary range £22,605-£36,744 depending on experience

Caseworkers play an important role in an MP’s office, supporting the MP to ensure that constituents concerns are heard and actioned. Full or part time applications will be considered. 

 

You will be responsible for managing a large caseload, ensuring actions are taken and constituents are kept informed throughout. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a sympathetic approach to the values of the Conservative party are essential.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Answering enquiries from constituents and progressing casework
  • Managing a large caseload of cases
  • Logging cases, monitoring progress, and ensuring data is held and processed in accordance with regulations
  • Ensuring that casework is dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially, and accurately
  • Liaising with Government agencies, local government departments, voluntary sector, and others to resolve constituency matters
  • Providing general administrative support
  • Working collaboratively alongside other team members
  • Assisting with arranging and attending surgeries

 

Requirements:

  • Experience of casework, a public-facing role or working directly with the public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidence interacting with, and advocating on behalf of, a wide range of people
  • Clear and concise letter writing style
  • Good attention to detail and ability to prioritise their workload
  • Experience using Casework management software
  • A driving licence and use of a car are essential in this rural constituency

 

Senior Communications Officer

Salary range £29,727-£46,381 depending on experience

This is an ideal opportunity to support an active and engaged MP, where you will be involved in all areas of Blake's work, with plenty of opportunity to contribute and work collaboratively.

 

A positive attitude and willingness to roll up your sleeves is much more valuable than directly relevant experience. Blake is keen to be visibly active within his constituency and welcomes candidates with enthusiasm, ideas and the drive and determination to maximise opportunities within Parliament and locally. 

 

The role will include producing content for the website, social media and developing effective communication and campaign strategies. Engaging with local stakeholders, planning and accompanying the MP on local visits, and working on projects and campaigns to support the MP’s visibility in the constituency. An understanding of current affairs and sympathy with the aims and values of the Conservative Party is essential.

 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Draft press and social posts and support wider the communications objectives via the website, mass mailing, newsletters and social media
  • Monitoring media coverage and social media channels
  • Creating communication plans to accompany campaigns and events
  • Producing and editing videos and other content for social media
  • Establishing effective working relationships with local media 
  • Assist with research and projects
  • Assist with arranging and attending events 
  • Horizon scan to identify opportunities to pursue topics of local importance and to progress priority campaigns
  • Research and draft responses to constituents on policy and campaign issues
  • Undertake research to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues affecting relevant interests

 

Requirements:

  • A genuine interest in helping constituents and supporting the work of an MP
  • Outstanding written and verbal skills, with keen attention to detail, and an ability to communicate clearly and creatively
  • Able to complete work quickly, to a high standard, often under pressure
  • An interest in current affairs and sympathy with the aims and values of the Conservative Party
  • A driving licence and use of a car are essential in this rural constituency

 

Application details:

Please ensure your cover letter clearly states which position you are applying for and how your experience meets the requirements of the role. 

 

Closing date: Initial closing date of 31st July 2024, but candidates will be considered on a rolling basis so early applications are welcome.

 

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

 

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.

 

Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 15-07-2024

About Sir Bernard:

Bernard has been a Member of Parliament since 1992; representing Harwich and North Essex since 2010. Prior to the recent election he was Chairman of the Liaison Committee and a member of both the Standards and Privileges committees. He was also Chair of the European Research Group Steering Committee and formally Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee. He holds a strong interest in energy and environmental policy and plays an active role in cross-party, high level strategic policy groups.


About the Role:

Bernard is seeking a highly intelligent and detail-oriented Researcher to join his Westminster team, working closely alongside the MP. This is a pivotal role, offering the opportunity to engage deeply in, and contribute to, all areas of parliamentary work.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in supporting the MP's efforts to stay ahead in meetings and debates by providing clear and thorough briefings. Key responsibilities include research, analysing complex data, preparing comprehensive briefs, and synthesizing vast amounts of policy information.

This position promises exceptional developmental opportunities under an MP who values the contributions of his staff and is committed to providing mentorship and training.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the MP with committee business and other parliamentary activities.
  • Conduct in-depth research and analysis on various topics, with a strong emphasis on quantitative data and scientific evidence.
  • Prepare detailed and insightful briefs to ensure the MP is fully informed and prepared for meetings and debates.
  • Write speeches, monitor parliamentary business, legislation, and relevant news.
  • Collaborate with the team to ensure all outputs meet the highest standards of accuracy and quality.

About You:

  • Educated to at least degree level in a maths, science, or a similarly rigorous discipline.
  • Exceptional ability to absorb and interpret detailed policy information and complex data.
  • Strong analytical skills and proficiency in working with figures and quantitative data.
  • Some Parliamentary experience, with a good understanding of the rhythms of Westminster and the support an MP needs from their team.
  • Ability to navigate the library and House resources effectively.
  • A collaborative team player with a positive attitude and shared values.
  • Highly organised, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Your cover letter should clearly explain why you are applying for the role and why you believe you are a suitable candidate. Assessments will be undertaken at the interview stage.

Initial closing date: 26th July 2024.

Contract: Permanent

Salary: Inline with IPSA payscales, expected to start £28,000-£30,000 depending on experience.

For more information about Bernard's work, please see https://www.bernardjenkin.com

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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

 

Location: House of Commons
Salary: Negotiable
Job published: 11-07-2024