Go to website

Reference: 70516

Date Added: 2 April 2019
Closing Date: 22 April 2019

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Researcher (Maternity Cover)

Working For: Helen Whately MP (Faversham and Mid Kent)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Job Details

Helen Whately is looking for a Senior Researcher with a focus on communications for her busy Westminster Office. The position is for 12 months’ maternity cover starting in July.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent written and verbal communicator, with media nous and sound political judgement. They will have strong research skills, the ability to organise their own workload and plenty of initiative. Previous parliamentary, media or public affairs experience is essential as Helen is looking for someone who can hit the ground running.

This job can be flexible around caring responsibilities. Some travel to the constituency will be required.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting speeches and tabling Parliamentary Questions
  • Issuing press releases and providing media briefings
  • Building relationships with local and national media
  • Drafting articles, blogposts and regular newsletters
  • Briefing Helen for debates, parliamentary questions and committees
  • Developing and maintaining in-depth knowledge of relevant policy areas
  • Supporting Helen in her local and national campaigns

The successful candidate will have:

  • A high standard of written communication
  • Relevant experience, demonstrated with evidence
  • Strong interpersonal skills and motivation to pursue Helen’s campaigns
  • A keen interest in politics and current affairs
  • The ability to work as part of a team
  • Sympathy for the aims and values 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: 22 April 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews are expected to be in the week commencing 29th April.

The succesful candidate is expected to start in July.

Application Details

To apply please send a CV, one-page cover letter and a short example of your written work to helen.whately.mp@parliament.uk by noon on 22nd April. Helen is looking for an article, briefing, blogpost, policy proposal or any piece that demonstrates your ability to write fluent, knowledgeable, persuasive prose that speaks to its audience. It can be something you have written on behalf of a previous employer and does not have to be in your name.

Website: http://www.helenwhately.org.uk

Additional Notes