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Reference: 71751

Date Added: 4 July 2019
Closing Date: 25 July 2019

Job Title: Communications Officer

Working For: Tracy Brabin MP (Batley and Spen)

Location: Batley and Spen

Salary: £25,000 in line with IPSA guidelines

Job Details

Tracy Brabin MP is looking for an enthusiastic communications officer to join her team in the constituency office in Batley & Spen. The ideal candidate will have a positive, ‘can do’ attitude, good people skills, excellent organisational and time management skills and a very keen interest in politics. Knowledge of the constituency would be desirable but not essential.

This role will require occasional travel to Westminster. This role is 37.5 hours a week and will require occasional evening and weekend work.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work on own initiative preparing press releases, media strategy and developing relationships with journalists and local people
  • Manage MPs website content
  • Update twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts for the MP
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
  • Planning and organising local campaigns and events
  • Advise and guide the member on policy issues
  • Provide briefings for the MP
  • Shadowing MP to events and meetings
  • Other ad hoc duties as required

Person specification:

  • Sound judgement and a good understanding of what it means to work in a political environment and good understanding of UK parliamentary procedure
  • Proven track record of developing and delivering communications strategies
  • Previous experience in communications (desirable)
  • Able to take responsibility of tasks and act on own initiative
  • Excellent time management skills, the ability to work under pressure and the ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of the team
  • Able to work with diplomacy, discretion and confidentiality
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour party
  • Driving licence and use of a car (essential)
  • Part time hours will be considered for the right candidate

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: 25 July 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will begin shortly after the advertised closing date, with the successful applicant likely to start late August/ Early September.

Application Details

Please send your CV and covering letter to Laura Looker - laura.looker@parliament.uk

For further information contact 01924 900036

Website: http://tracybrabinmp.com

Additional Notes