Date Added: 21 June 2019
: 21 July 2019
Job Title: Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Working For: The Electoral Commission
Directorate: Communications and Research
Permanent, Full time
(Applicants requesting part-time hours may be considered)
Are you interested in bringing your public affairs and influencing skills to an organisation that plays a vital role in the democratic process?
The successful candidate
We are looking for an energetic, proactive and skilled public affairs and communications professional to help raise our profile and deliver a proactive public affairs service for the Electoral Commission.
You will be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, on your own initiative, as well as part of a collaborative and dynamic team. You will have excellent knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall; experience of distilling complex information into digestible briefings; and excellent interpersonal skills that enable you to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. You will be an excellent and persuasive communicator, with experience of contributing to communication campaigns.
This is a new role in a team looking to expand its reach and impact. You will work closely with our public affairs manager, the wider public affairs team and our policy team to brief and prepare colleagues for select committee appearances, meetings with parliamentarians and on upcoming legislation. You will be responsible for keeping stakeholders up to date on fast moving issues, responding to parliamentary questions and debates to ensure that stakeholders understand the work of the Commission and the value it brings.
The Commission makes and advocates for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency. We are making the case for the modernisation and improvement of key parts of our democratic processes: we want to see changes made to voter registration, to the rules governing digital campaigning, to prevent fraud, to increase accessibility for those with disabilities, and to raise the sanctions levied against those who break electoral rules. You will join the team making the case for these vital changes to the political and electoral systems.
Closing Date: 21 July 2019
The deadline for applications is 23:55PM on the closing date.
Working at the Electoral Commission
The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.
We offer excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependant on scheme rules). If you are interested in applying for this role please visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/jobs to download the job description before applying online.