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Reference: 91995

Date Added: 13 March 2024
Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Job Title: Chief of Staff

Working For: Julie Marson MP (Hertford and Stortford)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales.

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

Julie Marson, MP for Hertford and Stortford, is seeking a Chief of Staff to run the day-to-day management of her office.

This is an exciting role in a fun and high-calibre team.

Essential Criteria:

A good working knowledge of British politics.
Previous experience of working for an MP or similar figure.
An exceptionally high standard of spelling and grammar in written work.
Organisational and interpersonal skills.
An interest in current affairs.
Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party.

Desirable Criteria:

Experience in diary management.
Experience with Microsoft apps like Outlook.
A can-do and proactive attitude.

Duties will include but not be limited to:

Collate all required information from team members to present to the MP.
Conduct parliamentary research as required.
Deal with security matters, keep abreast of security guidance, maintain the security system, liaise with external bodies as appropriate.
Ensure the office is fully equipped.
Exposure and management of complex cases.
Have final sign off on all relevant delegated areas from the MP, for example constituent correspondence.
Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required; proactively identify problems and resolve them.
Lead and maintain a highly professional administrative support function for the MP’s office.
Liaise with groups/personnel including at Westminster, within the constituency and the general public on the MP’s behalf as necessary.
Manage the office team, ensuring accurate personnel records are kept and notifying IPSA of contractual changes as necessary.
Overall management of the Member's diary commitments, delegating tasks to others as appropriate.
Plan the MPs internal communications and external stakeholder engagement and provide strategic advice on constituent matters on behalf of the MP where appropriate.
Provide high quality, efficient and effective support to the MP and interest groups as required.
Responsibility for managing all aspects of the budget, keeping the MP informed of all relevant financial matters and liaising with IPSA on office finance.
Support and manage the recruitment of staff for the MP’s office.
Take ownership of certain casework as required.
There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours, including attending events with the MP as required.

Upon appointment you will be required to apply for security clearance, undertaken by the Security Vetting and Pass Office. See Members’ Staff Security Clearance page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews to begin wc 1 April 2024. First-round interviews will be conducted as video calls.

Interviews to take place on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date for the right candidate.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications promptly.

Application Details

Applicants should send their CV and a one-page covering letter to Nathan Weavers at nathan.weavers@parliament.uk. When doing so, please include “Job Application: Chief of Staff” in the email subject field.

All questions related to the vacancy can be directed to this email address too.

While we will endeavour to respond to all applications, applicants should assume that if they do not receive a response within two weeks, we will not be progressing with their application.

Website: https://www.juliemarson.org.uk/

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