Date Added: 11 September 2023
: 6 October 2023
Job Title: Political Assistant to the Conservative Party
Working For: Surrey County Council
Location: Reigate, Surrey
Salary: £38,746 - £42,053 per annum
Length of Contract: Fixed term until May 2025
We are looking for someone to provide political and administrative support to the Conservative Group at Surrey County Council and its Leader. The Conservative Group is the majority party at the Council and currently consists of 44 Conservative Councillors.
You will support the Group in managing and co-ordinating its business, including administrative support and advice to Group meetings. This will include:
- Ensuring that Group members are fully and promptly briefed
- Keeping abreast of national developments affecting local government, including new legislation and national party policies
- Drafting press releases, undertaking research and preparing briefings
- Providing an independent source of advice and support to ensure effective communications
We're looking for someone with a keen interest in the key issues facing local government today and a sound grasp of the Conservative Party's policies. Excellent oral and written communication skills, together with strong IT skills and a flexible approach to pressures and problems, will be vital to this role. We would also be interested to hear about your previous experience of political activity.
The role is advertised as a fixed-term contract until the next County Council election in May 2025, as the recruitment of Political Assistants is dependent on a Group having nine Councillors. There is the possibility to extend the contract dependent on the next election results.
This a hybrid role with the ability to work from home. However, you will be required to attend Council offices at Woodhatch Place, Reigate for regular meetings and potentially attend other meetings across Surrey as required.
Closing Date: 6 October 2023
In person interviews will take place on the afternoons of Monday 23rd October and Tuesday 24th October at Woodhatch Place in Reigate.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.