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Reference: 75556

Date Added: 23 July 2020
Closing Date: 7 August 2020

Job Title: Employed Intern/Constituency Assistant (2.5 days per week)

Working For: David Simmonds CBE MP (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA Pay Scales

Job Details

David Simmonds is seeking an Employed Intern and a part-time Constituency Assistant. The successful applicants will join a close-knit team and the positions will be paid in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Employed Intern

This job would be ideal for a recent graduate looking for their first role in Westminster. Please note: the successful applicant will be employed on a six-month fixed term contract.

Responsibilities:

• Assisting in research; analysing briefings and summarising policy advice;
• Assisting with arranging meetings and events; including venue bookings;
• Greeting visitors and attending meetings as part of training;
• Helping the team in the Westminster Office, providing basic administrative support;
• Learning how to manage casework and drafting responses;
• Handling enquiries from constituents.

Required skills:

• An understanding of politics and the role of an MP;
• Highly organised with consideration for confidentiality, in compliance with GDPR;
• Excellent communication and attention to detail;
• Ability to take on information quickly;
• Sympathetic to the values of the Conservative Party.

Constituency Assistant (2.5 days per week or equivalent).

This role will initially be working from home and will transition to David’s constituency office in Pinner, which will hopefully open in September. An element of flexible working will remain an option.

The role would suit someone with previous experience in an office environment who now seeks flexibility in their hours. Previous employment working for an MP is not essential.

Responsibilities:

• Dealing with enquiries from constituents;
• Office support, file and data management, mail handling;
• Assisting with constituency-based projects;
• Communicating aspects of David’s work to relevant audiences;
• Arranging meetings or follow-up actions with constituents, local councillors, businesses, voluntary groups, and other organisations.

Required skills:

• Highly organised with consideration for confidentiality, in compliance with GDPR;
• Good IT skills;
• Good telephone manner;
• An ability to work independently and manage competing deadlines;
• Awareness of current affairs;
• Sympathetic to 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: 7 August 2020

Interview/Start Dates

All applications should be submitted by the closing date, and interviews will follow shortly after. The successful applicants will be required to start in September 2020.

Application Details

Please include for your application a CV of no more than two sides of A4 and a cover letter of no more than one side of A4.

Any questions and applications can be addressed to Jamie Monteith-Mann and sent to: david.simmonds.mp@parliament.uk with either “Employed Intern” or “Constituency Assistant” in the subject line.

Website: https://www.davidsimmonds.org.uk/

Additional Notes