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Reference: 77952

Date Added: 1 April 2021
Closing Date: 18 April 2021

Job Title: Communications Officer

Working For: Dr Luke Evans MP (Bosworth)

Location: Bosworth Constituency

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Six Months

Job Details

This role is all about communication, it’s about conveying the clear ideas and opinions of the Member to a wider audience. The person who is successful should be passionate about people, communicating messages and ideas to the public and media. The idea candidate will be comfortable with public relations, the media and journalism – both traditional and new mediums.

The role includes: liaising with press and media bids, producing press releases, writing stories, managing the website and social media channels, managing newsletters and surveys, generating content (graphics/videos), organising events to interact with constituents both in the constituency and Westminster, “front of house” dealing with all incoming queries – strong interpersonal skills a must.

Key responsibilities include (but not limited to):

• Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party-political matters).
• Critically analyse patterns of enquiries and articulate the findings in reports and communication with the MP and other staff members.
• Deal with large numbers of standard queries, as well as assisting on more complex cases from members of the public by phone, email, social media or face to face. Ongoing communication may be required.
• Produce press releases, liaise with the media, meeting deadlines as appropriate.
• Pro-active and re-active communications with all media.
• Manage and monitor social media enquiries, dealing with cases that do not need to be transferred to a higher level. Ensure all enquiries are dealt with in a timely manner.
• Ensure that each case is dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially and accurately in accordance with the MP’s high standards.
• Assist surgeries and other meetings; follow up as appropriate and draft responses to constituents.
• Follow up on social media queries and comments.
• Publicise the Member’s parliamentary duties on social media as appropriate.
• There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours and travel for work occasionally.
• Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

Flexible working is possible and we are happy to disucss this.  

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: 18 April 2021

Interview/Start Dates

Interview date to be confirmed.  Start date flexible.  

We reserve the right to appoint before the application closing date for the correct applicant. We reserve the right to re-advertise if the correct person isn’t found.

Application Details

Please apply to luke.evans.mp@parliament.uk attaching a CV and cover letter explaining why you are passionate about this role and communicating with the media and the public.

Those shortlisted will be asked to produce a draft press release before the interview and this will be discussed in the interview.

Informal enquiries can be made: 

- by email to victoriab.stapleton@parliament.uk and will be responded to during w/c 12th April.  

- by phone to 07920 619812 during the working week in office hours only please.  

Website: http://www.drlukeevans.org.uk

Additional Notes