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Reference: 62916

Date Added: 6 October 2017
Closing Date: 19 October 2017

Job Title: Junior Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Mark Spencer MP (Sherwood)

Location: London

Salary: £19,013 per annum, pro-rated for 3 days per week

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen for a permanent, part-time member of staff in the Westminster office of Mark Spencer MP.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working in the UK Parliament. The work is varied and will involve significant exposure to influential ideas and policies, providing research support for campaign and policy development.

The main focus of the role will be direct contact with constituents who write in with concerns and requests. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Mark Spencer’s current Parliamentary Assistant.

This is a part-time role, 3 days per week, at the start of the Parliamentary week (Monday-Wednesday). The exact hours and work schedule are subject to agreement between both parties, but will allow flexibility for candidates looking to work alongside a continued course of study (e.g. a Master's).

Applicants should have a genuine interest in, and a good knowledge of, British politics, and have a desire to progress and develop within a highly professional organisation.

Key Tasks
• Research on a wide range of issues, including analysing reports, and assisting with the preparation of briefings and press releases.
• Correspondence with constituents
• Assisting with the work of other colleagues and communicating with internal and external contacts, including the constituency office
• Assisting constituency staff with social media campaigns
• Undertaking general administrative/secretarial tasks

The following skills/qualities are essential for the role:
• Strong written and communication skills
• Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
• Good telephone manner
• Team player with a flexible approach
• Enthusiastic and reliable
• Competent use of IT including email and internet to support the above
• Sympathetic to the aims of the Conservative Party

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: 19 October 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place during the Parliamentary week commencing 23 October, and we reserve the right to close applications early if a successful candidate is found before the closing date. The successful candidate will start as soon as possible after being offered the job.

Application Details

All applicants should send their CV along with a covering letter to mark.spencer.mp@parliament.uk, quoting the job reference number as the subject header. Please include a contact telephone number in your application.

Website: http://www.markspencermp.co.uk/

Additional Notes