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Reference: 74551

Date Added: 10 February 2020
Closing Date: 24 February 2020

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant / Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Ruth Edwards MP (Rushcliffe)

Location: London

Salary: Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales commensurate on experience

Job Details

Ruth Edwards is looking for an experienced and highly motivated individual to join her team in Westminster. This is a fast paced and diverse role which encompasses both research and administrative elements. The successful candidate will be responsible for organising Ruth’s Westminster diary and putting in place a strategy to make sure constituency issues are successfully raised in Parliament.

Main responsibilities include:
Administrative
• Triage of main inbox: respond to routine policy correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups. Direct correspondence to the appropriate member of the team.
• Ownership of diary management for the Westminster diary.
• Keep clear records of all papers relevant to the Member’s role, ensuring all reporting is up to date, including the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.
• Post sorting & forwarding to constituency office.
• Organise constituent tours, PMQ tickets, and educational visits.

Research
• Design and own strategy for effectively progressing constituency issues in parliament.
• Research local, regional or national issues.
• Deal with complex queries and complaints, including drafting and signing letters.
• Monitor media coverage and brief Ruth accordingly.
• Analyse, evaluate and interpret data.
• Research and draft briefing notes for committees, speeches, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases.
• Undertake supervisory responsibility as required.
• Lead on project work as required.

Experience and skills required
• Prior experience of managing a Parliamentary diary and inbox is essential. Applications without this experience will not be considered.
• Ability to take initiative and drive forward Ruth’s constituency and national priorities in Parliament.
• Strong research capabilities.
• Highly organised. Proven ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage a heavy workload to tight deadlines.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Strong knowledge of British politics and current affairs.
• Personable, self-motivated, strong team player.
• The ability to maintain complete discretion and confidentiality.
• Sympathetic with the 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: 24 February 2020

Interview/Start Dates

There will be two stages to interview: 1) written test 2) in-person interview in Westminster. Only applicants who pass the written test stage will be invited to interview.

The two stages may take place before the closing date. As a result the position may be filled before the closing date.

Application Details

How to apply: email CV and one page covering letter to: james.faulconbridge@parliament.uk 

Website: http://www.ruthedwards.org.uk/about-ruth-edwards

Additional Notes