Date Added: 6 March 2017
: 24 March 2017
Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant
Working For: Paul Farrelly MP (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales
Paul Farrelly MP is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to work in his busy Westminster office. The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and highly organised individual with strong communication skills and an eye for detail, able to work on their own and as part of a wider team. Previous experience of working in Parliament or a political environment is preferable, with a good working knowledge of Parliament and the legislative process. Key responsibilities will be to:
- Undertake administrative tasks to manage the Westminster office;
- Assist with diary management;
- Supporting Paul in his parliamentary business, including monitoring bills, PQs, debates etc and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation;
- Supporting Paul’s role as a member of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee and various All Party Parliamentary Groups;
- Assist with managing Paul’s website;
- Research and analysis to prepare for speeches, briefing notes and articles;
- Attend meetings with external stakeholders on Paul’s behalf;
- Responding effectively and courteously to routine correspondence and enquiries, by phone and in writing.
It is essential that candidates have:
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Experience of working in Parliament or a political environment;
- Ability to work independently and show initiative as well as to work with a team;
- Strong research and analytical skills;
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel;
- A strong attention to detail and an ability to prioritise a demanding workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
It is desirable that applicants have:
- Experience working for an MP or similar role;
- A commitment to Labour Party values.
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: 24 March 2017
Interviews will be held during the week commencing 27th March. Employment will commence on a date to be agreed (but, if after 20th April, there will be a need to discuss handover details).
Applications should be made to Neil Watkins in Paul’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org and should include a CV and covering letter.