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Reference: 70803

Date Added: 23 April 2019
Closing Date: 19 May 2019

Job Title: Constituency Communications Manager (temporary role/4 months)

Working For: Thangam Debbonaire MP (Bristol West)

Location: Bristol

Salary: £33,000 per annum (pro rata)

Job Details

Bristol West is an extremely lively and diverse constituency, comprising the city centre and some of the most deprived and affluent areas in the city. In population terms, Bristol West is one of the biggest constituencies in the country. As a result, the constituency office is often extremely busy with a huge amount of correspondence and individual casework.

This role is a temporary four-month contract to cover planned absence. It involves day-to-day management of the office and supervision of the constituency team, as well as responsibility for communications, including traditional and social media.

The postholder would be expected to support Thangam Debbonaire 's work in Bristol and in Parliament. Alongside her duties as an opposition whip, Thangam also works on a number of policy areas, including a close relationship with the European Union, fair treatment for refugees, strong action on pollution andclimate change, and drug law reform.

Job description:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues and is aware of trends
  • Attend surgeries, tribunals and meetings as appropriate
  • Develop knowledge in specialist areas
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act
  • Liaise with Government agencies, voluntary sector and others to resolve constituency matters
  • Manage and progress portfolio of casework appropriately
  • Manage projects
  • Manage the MP's website contents
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party political matters)
  • Prepare media briefings
  • Proactive and re-active communications with all media
  • Provide briefings for the MP
  • Publicise the Member's parliamentary duties on Social Media
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support the MPs' work
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
  • Take initial action on queries from members of the public, including responding on behalf of the MP as appropriate
  • Supervise other members of staff
  • Some administrative duties and budgeting
  • HR duties connected to staffing changes, as 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 May 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place in late May or early June. The post will start on Monday 2nd September and finish on 31st December.

Application Details

Please send a covering letter and CV to arthur.girling@parliament.uk.

Website: http://debbonaire.co.uk

Additional Notes