Date Added: 17 April 2019
: 6 May 2019
Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant
Working For: Luke Pollard MP (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport)
Salary: In line with IPSA payscales
The successful candidate will work on Shadow Defra policy areas, provide policy briefing on developments in marine, fisheries and water and deliver communications and parliamentary business. They will support Luke’s role responding to the Government’s Fisheries Bill and ongoing environmental Brexit legislation. Policy experience would be helpful. It’s a big job that needs someone who is creative, highly organised, determined and passionate.
This role will also involve drafting briefings and speeches in support of Plymouth campaign work in particular around defence, transport, maritime and environmental matters. Experience of these policy areas is desirable. Social media and comms experience and excellent written skills are a must.
You will be responsible for managing work placements and internships and strong leadership skills are essential. Being able to cope with an energetic MP who is keen to change the world in a million and one ways while keeping on top of competing tasks is a requirement.
Responsibilities will include but are not exclusive to:
• Policy research on complex issues.
• Writing speeches and preparing speaking notes at short notice.
• Video editing and digital campaigning.
• Admin tasks e.g. arranging meetings and diary management.
• Talking calls from constituents and drafting letters to constituents.
• Research on local, regional or national issues.
• Liaising with other MP’s offices and Members themselves on campaigns and Defra issues
• Media monitoring
Understanding of Labour and Co-op politics would be an advantage as would understanding of Plymouth and the far south west. Although the role is based in Westminster occasional travel to Plymouth is part of this job as is working with Luke’s team based in Plymouth.
Ideally, the successful applicant would have:
• A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West.
• Prior experience working in an office.
• Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
• The ability to quickly pick up new skills, solve problems and work well under pressure.
• Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team.
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise tasks.
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. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.
Closing Date: 6 May 2019
Interview/Start Dates Interview w/c 20th May – Start date approx. w/c 1st July dependent on security clearance
If you are interested in applying please submit a copy of your CV with a cover letter explaining why you have the skills to support Luke in his Parliamentary work.
CVs and cover letters should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Line: Parliamentary Researcher – [Your name]
We expect a large number of applicants and we will endeavour to get back to all applicants.
1st May 2019 - The closing date for this role has been extended from 01 May 2019 to 06 May 2019.