Date Added: 3 September 2021
: 24 September 2021
Job Title: Political Assistant to the Labour Group
Working For: West Northamptonshire Council
Salary: £30,228 - £34,474
Length of Contract: until May 2024
Political Assistant to the Labour Group
Please note this is a fixed term contract until the Annual Meeting in May 2024
West Northamptonshire Council is one of two new unitary Councils created in the County of Northamptonshire, delivering the full range of Council Services to residents. We aim to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive.
We need to recruit a highly motivated individual with exceptional communication skills, to work directly to the Labour Group on the Council. In supporting the group as Members of the authority, and in particular the Leader of the Labour Group, your role will include researching policy issues, preparing speeches and briefing notes, advising on political issues, attending meetings and conferences in West Northants and elsewhere as required. You will also be dealing with Council officers and the media, as well as other external bodies.
You will need to be able to work in the strictest confidence, assimilate and analyse data quickly, establish positive working relationships with Members and officers, have excellent written and oral skills, good IT skills including management of website working knowledge of social media outlets and produce high quality content including video. Equally important is the need to be politically sympathetic to the aims of the Labour party.
Hours of work will include evenings and will be agreed with the Group Leader. This post is subject to political restriction in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
In return we offer you:
Generous annual leave entitlement
Generous local government pension scheme package
Access to wider training and development qualifications
Flexible working scheme
Travel plan discounts
Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
West Northants is a unitary authority in the Midlands, made up of the towns of Northampton, Daventry, Towcester, Brackley and surrounding rural areas.
Situated in the heart of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to England’s major cities. West Northants is also host to major events like the Grand Prix at Silverstone which brings visitors from miles around and abroad.
Closing Date: 24 September 2021
Applications close at Midnight on 24 September 2021. Interviews will take place in early October.
Applications for this position must be submitted via the Council's jobs portal:
For an informal discussion, please contact Councillor Gareth Eales, Leader of the Labour Group, on 07703 667810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org