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Reference: 80072

Date Added: 1 September 2021
Closing Date: 15 September 2021

Job Title: Parliamentary / Communications Assistant

Working For: Liz Truss MP (South West Norfolk)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

 Key attributes

• Good political awareness and judgement.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with an attention to detail.
• Strong research, analytical, IT skills and good understanding of social media.
• Confident working in a busy environment and public facing role, with a can do and flexible attitude.
• Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative and Unionist Party.

Responsibilities

  • Diary management
  • Assist with arrangements for events, this may include - venue research and bookings, compiling and managing guest-lists, liaising with suppliers, and providing on-the-day event support as required 
  • Open, handle and action email, post, telephone and social media enquiries
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with the data protection legislation
  • Handle administrative arrangements for meetings with members of the public/MPs/external stakeholders, regular engagement with ministerial office
  • Liaise with other MPs’ offices
  • Analyse patterns of enquiries and articulate the findings in reports 
  • Establish, monitor, manage and update social media and online presence for the MP
  • Produce a monthly report for circulation to constituents 
  • Monitor media coverage and brief the MP on relevant issues
  • Produce online graphics and video content when required
  • Engage professionally, confidentially and with care and integrity with members of the public
  • Minute taking
  • Maintain positive on-going relationships with members of the public, organisations in Westminster and external stake holders
  • Support the MP with her key agenda and parliamentary outreach
  • Database management using office software (e.g. Microsoft Office) 
  • 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. 
  • Gather relevant information to assist with resolving cases
  • Draft responses to constituents 
  • There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours and travel for work occasionally

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: 15 September 2021

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place from 16th September onwards, however appointment may be made before the closing date. Start date - as soon as possible.

Application Details

Please send a one page covering letter and CV to Chief of Staff, Fiona Walker - fiona.walker@parliament.uk

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small but very friendly team. The ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and proactive person with excellent attention to detail and a good knowledge of current political affairs. Ideally some parliamentary experience is preferable.

Regrettably it will not be possible to acknowledge all applications and only those short listed will be contacted.

Website: http://elizabethtruss.com

Additional Notes