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Reference: 85424

Date Added: 5 August 2022
Closing Date: 22 August 2022

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Dean Russell MP (Watford)

Location: London

Salary: In accordance with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

• Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the MP is informed on key issues
• Conduct parliamentary research as required
• Deal with complex queries and complaints on the MPs' behalf, including drafting and signing letters
• Establish and develop appropriate strategies around research development
• Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required; proactively identify problems and resolve them
• Identify training opportunities and ensure the office team maintain and develop knowledge of relevant legislation where appropriate
• Lead on project work as required
• Liaise with groups/personnel including at Westminster, within the constituency and the general public on the MP’s behalf as necessary
• Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency
• Plan the MPs internal communications and external stakeholder engagement and provide strategic advice on constituent matters on behalf of the MP where appropriate
• Prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases
• Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP and interest groups as required
• Research and monitor local, regional and national media coverage online and through social media and brief the MP on relevant issues
• Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
• There may be requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours
• To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House
• To produce and present high quality written reports, briefing notes, and professional advice
• Diary management

The successful candidate will have the following:

• Previous experience of working in Parliament
• Driving licence and access to a car for travel to constituency
• The ability to work well in a small team
• Proactive work ethic
• Good knowledge of Mr Russell’s constituency and local priorities
• An interest in current affairs, local and national politics
• Ability to work to tight deadlines calmly while under pressure
• Be 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: 22 August 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews may be held and appointment made before the closing date dependant on the applications received.

Application Details

To apply, send a copy of your CV, along with a covering statement of no more than one page demonstrating how you meet the requirements set out above to dean.russell.mp@parliament.uk

Website: https://www.deanrussell.co.uk/

Additional Notes