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Reference: 59417

Date Added: 10 February 2017
Closing Date: 1 March 2017

Job Title: Political Assistant to the Labour Group

Working For: Medway Council

Location: Chatham, Kent

Salary: £28,203 - £31,288 per annum pro rata (18.5 hours per week)

Job Details

Job Status: Fixed-term to 31 May 2019.

Medway Council is committed to putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, providing value for money services.

We need to recruit a highly motivated individual with exceptional communication skills, to work directly to the Labour Group on the Council. In supporting the group as Members of the authority, and in particular the Leader of the Labour Group, your role will include researching policy issues, preparing speeches and briefing notes, advising on political issues, attending meetings and conferences in Medway and elsewhere as required. You will also be dealing with Council officers and the media, as well as other external bodies.

You will need to be able to work in the strictest confidence, assimilate and analyse data quickly, establish positive working relationships with Members and officers, have excellent written and oral skills, good IT skills including management of website working knowledge of WordPress and social media outlets. Equally important is the need to be politically sympathetic to the aims of the Labour party.

Hours of work will include occasional evenings and will be agreed with the Group Leader. This post is subject to political restriction in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Medway is a unitary authority in South East England with superb transport links to London.

The council understands that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful and achieve its aims. It’s vital that employees feel rewarded for their contribution.

As a Medway Council employee you will have the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally by undertaking relevant training opportunities, enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including competitive rates of pay and pension scheme along with access to an employee advice, information and counselling service, employee forums and an employee discount scheme for national and local retailers.

Closing Date: 1 March 2017

Interview/Start Dates

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

Application Details

For an application pack or to apply visit https://ats-medway.jobsgopublic.com/vacancies/view/27776?jgp_ga=1.122078605.704609789.1443432043 or phone 01634 333333 Mon to Fri 9am – 6pm, or 01634 332843 24-hour answerphone. Alternatively email jobs@medway.gov.uk quoting the reference.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager call Cllr Vince Maple 01634 332396.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Website: http://www.medway.gov.uk

Additional Notes