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Reference: 58919

Date Added: 6 January 2017
Closing Date: 13 January 2017

Job Title: Communications Officer

Working For: Jim Cunningham MP (Coventry South)

Location: Coventry

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Jim Cunningham MP, Member of Parliament for Coventry South, is looking for a Communications Officer to join his busy constituency office. The role will involve handling policy casework, liaising with local media and groups as well as providing briefings and undertaking some research on local issues.

Job Description

  • Analyse patterns of enquiries and produce reports
  • Attending surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public
  • Draft responses to constituents
  • Establish a social media presence in the constituency and publicise surgeries etc
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Gathering relevant information to assist with resolving cases
  • Log all cases; monitor progress and ensure all identified actions are taken
  • Preparing media briefings Pro-active and re-active communications with all media
  • Publicise the Member’s parliamentary duties on FB and Twitter
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act

Personal Specification

  • Disciplined self-starter with the ability to work unsupervised and to manage and prioritise a challenging workload
  • Awareness and understanding of current political issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understands the role and needs of an MP’s office

Desirable but not essential:

A full UK driving license and access to a vehicle.
Previous experience of working in Parliament or a political environment.

Please note that some flexibility is required in this role as hours and days worked may sometimes vary depending on workloads.

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: 13 January 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Closing at 12 noon.
The closing date may be brought forward should a suitable applicant be found prior to 13th January.

Interviews will be arranged upon application and should take place within a week of applying. The successful candidate should be able to start in early February but this may be negotiable.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter by email FAO Adam Farrell to jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk. In the subject line please include “Application: FIRST NAME, SECOND NAME”.

Candidates will be notified via email as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Due to the high volume of expected applications, we regret we shall only be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful candidates who have been shortlisted.

Website: http://www.jimcunningham.org.uk

Additional Notes