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Reference: 85685

Date Added: 23 August 2022
Closing Date: 30 September 2022

Job Title: Constituency Communications Manager

Working For: James Duddridge MP (Rochford and Southend East)

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

James Duddridge MP is recruiting an enthusiastic, well organised and hard-working Communications Manager with experience of working in media or PR. 

Key Responsibilities:

• Establish a broad range of contacts within the press, broadcast, and online media to promote the work of Member.
• Research, prepare and write press releases, statements to the media
• Liaise with the Chief of Staff and identify any aspects of their work which may be of interest to the media
• Identify forthcoming events which may provide potential media opportunities
• Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party political matters)
• Provide briefings for the Member
• Research local, regional or national issues to support the Member's work
• Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
• Establish, monitor, and update a social media and online presence in the constituency.
• Produce online graphics and video content, as well as publicising surgeries and news alerts etc.
• Manage and monitor social media enquiries, dealing with cases that do not need to be transferred to a higher level.

Essential Knowledge and Experience:

• Experience of working effectively within the written press, broadcast or online industry, or public relations sector
• Knowledge and understanding of media handling techniques including designing a communications plan.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes/abilities:

• Excellent organisational skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to write for a range of different audiences.
• The proven ability to write, edit and proof content for press releases, newsletters and websites.
• Ability to carry out tasks quickly and to a high standard, with a clear and concise writing style with minimum supervision.
• A strong attention to detail and an ability to prioritise a demanding workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
• Political awareness, including the ability to devise campaigns and work alongside a range of stakeholders and colleagues in delivering political change.
• Sympathy with the aims and objectives 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: 30 September 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews to begin immediately. Start date will be as soon as possible thereafter. Early application is advised. 

Application Details

Applicants are asked to send their CV, a covering letter and examples of copy and press releases produced in previous employment or training to Pindie Fanibe at: pindie.fanibe@parliament.uk

Covering letters should be no more than one A4 page and should include thoughts on using new media to increase public engagement with politics.

Due to the busy nature of this office, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Website: http:// www.jamesduddridge.com/

Additional Notes