Date Added: 28 March 2018
: 20 April 2018
Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant (Events and Campaigns)
Working For: Darren Jones MP (Bristol North West)
Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales, dependent on experience.
Darren Jones MP is seeking a part-time Parliamentary Assistant to work on constituency based events and campaigns.
Although previous event and campaign management would be beneficial it is not essential. More important are strong organisational, time management and Microsoft Office skills and the flexibility to work in a busy office environment. Bristol North West is a diverse constituency and this will be both a demanding and rewarding role.
You will deliver an agreed forward plan of engaging events with constituents (such as coffee mornings), and local campaigns that arise from constituent feedback (such as a libraries conference or utilities switching event). You will be dealing with constituents, helping manage the diary and working to raise awareness of local campaigns to bring about successful change – this will include liaison with volunteers and constituents, drafting media statements, web/social media articles, letters and leaflets as well as organising petitions and photoshoots.
You’ll also work with others in the team to make sure local issues are covered in Parliament through speeches and written questions. Because campaigns often need speedy actions you’ll be a quick thinker who is able to bring people together behind an idea. One day you could be thinking about the impact of bus route cuts and the next day planning the schedule of monthly coffee mornings before drafting a written question about Universal Credit.
You will need to develop a good knowledge of the constituency and to be enthusiastic, confident and empathetic about helping local people – you will also need to understand the limits and remit of an MP and be able to communicate these sensitively to constituents.
The role will require some flexibility to attend Friday evening and Saturday events (by arrangement in advance). Working pattern to be negotiated but ideally working hours will be split over three days.
There may be a requirement to attend induction and occasional training and briefing days in London and Bristol. Travel will be paid.
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.
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: 20 April 2018
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in Bristol North West on Friday 27th April. Successful candidates will be informed of their invite to interview on Monday 23rd or Tuesday 24th April.
All applicants should send their CV with a detailed covering letter setting out how they meet the requirements of the role (500 words max) to Darren Jones MP at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Parliamentary Assistant (Events and Campaigns) application”.
For more details, please contact Darren Jones MP or Sam Taylor, Office Manager via Darren.email@example.com