An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Political Assistant to the Conservative Group on Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The Political Assistant role is unique within the Council in that it directly supports the Conservative Group in undertaking research and policy development, providing political and communications advice to Councillors, drafting media releases, statements and speeches, as well as supporting Group meetings and councillors’ participation in meetings of the Council and committees.
You will be working closely with the Conservative Group Leader, Paul Myers as well as providing support to the Councillors within the wider Conservative Group (11 elected members in total).
This will involve working alongside Councillors to further the aims of the Conservative Group within the Council, liaising with Council officers on behalf of the Group, and supporting Councillors in highlighting the Group’s policies and achievements.
The ideal candidate will be a strong self-starter, able to work alone and under their own initiative, with a good understanding of both politics and local government, and educated to degree level or equivalent with excellent communication and writing skills. Ideally, you will also have an understanding of the main political issues within Bath & North East Somerset, as well as an understanding of modern communication tools.
You should be able to give sound, clear advice on complex issues with a high degree of political sensitivity. You should be able to act at pace and work effectively with elected members, senior officers within the Council and external stakeholders.
The post-holder should support the aims and values of the Conservative Party, will ideally be a member of the Conservative Party, and must not be a member of any other political party.
Due to statutory restrictions on the role, the post is Politically Restricted and is for a fixed term until 24 May 2023. Following the Council elections in May 2023, the post may be re-appointed on a four year contract.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure check with the DBS will be undertaken.
Qualifications: Educated to degree level of equivalent
The recruiting manager for this post is Maria Lucas - please call 01225 39 5171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.