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Reference: 62933

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

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Vicky Ford MP (Chelmsford)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Former MEP, and recently elected Member of Parliament for Chelmsford, Vicky Ford is looking for a highly motivated, organised, experienced and enthusiastic individual to join her team.

The role will include managing her very busy parliamentary and constituency diaries and supporting her out and about in the constituency.

Job Description
The successful candidate will:
Initially be responsible for the constituency diary and progress on to managing the parliamentary diary
Manage constituency press enquiries, both reactive and proactive press management
Prepare draft press releases and drafts of regular updates for local media for the Member of Parliament to approve
Maintain stakeholder management system to ensure effective dialogue
Organise and attend constituency events with the Member of Parliament and coordinate the follow up activity required after the constituency events
Take digital photographs and videos for use on website, social media etc
Prepare draft letters on local issues as required
Assist with management of constituency correspondence from interest groups, stakeholders and community groups/organisations
Assist with general office tasks, including answering telephone, updating spreadsheets and other administrative tasks that may be required from time to time

The role is based in Westminster or Chelmsford as required.

Person Specification
Excellent verbal and written communications skills and confidence in interacting with people at all levels
Extremely organised and able to prioritise a demanding workload to meet deadlines given
Able to deal with sensitive issues in a confidential manner
Able to work effectively either in a small team or individually
Competent use of IT including proficiency in using Microsoft Office, Outlook and web management tools
Able to deal with high volumes of correspondence and other workload
Experience of working and dealing with the general public and confident at speaking to people at all levels
Experience working for an MP or equivalent is essential
Sympathetic to the aims and objectives of the Conservative Party

Full training will be given where appropriate.

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

Applications close 5pm. 
Interviews will commence soon after application deadline. Early applications appreciated.

Application Details

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter, detailing why they are right for the role to Vicky Ford MP via email vicky.ford.mp@parliament.uk.

Website: http://www.vickyford.uk

Additional Notes