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Job Vacancy – Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Kirsten Oswald MP has a vacancy for a new staff member to join the fantastic team supporting the work of the East Renfrewshire constituency office.

The office recently received a ‘Constituency Office of the Year’ award at Westminster staff awards so this is an opportunity to join a positive, dedicated team, working from the office in Thornliebank as well as from home. Occasional travel to Westminster may be required.

Salary will be paid in line with IPSA salary scales.

Senior Parliamentary Assistant - full or part time:

Supporting research, parliamentary work and communications, this is a key role within the team. Experience of working in a relevant environment is essential for this senior-level position, as are demonstrably strong written skills.

The successful candidate will be comfortable working with a broad range of topics, and able to work independently and proactively.

Key responsibilities:

· Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues.

· Assist in the compilation of briefing packs.

· Assist in the writing of speeches.

· Deal with complex queries and complaints on the MP’s behalf, including drafting and signing correspondence.

· Establish and develop appropriate strategies around research development.

· Have final sign-off on all relevant areas delegated by the MP, for example constituent correspondence.

· Horizon-scanning, anticipate what advice or action may be required; proactively identify problems and resolve them.

· Lead on project work as required.

· Maintain and utilise knowledge of relevant legislation, including impact on the local constituency.

· Take ownership of certain casework as required.

· Prepare and present results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases.

· Research and monitor local, regional and national media coverage online and through social media and brief the MP on relevant issues.

· Research local, regional or national issues to support the MP’s work.

· Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups.

· There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours, including assisting with events for the MP as requested.

· 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.

· Undertake research on relevant subjects as directed.

· Undertake supervisory responsibility as required.

To apply for the role, please send a CV with covering letter to:

Closing date: Sunday 29 May.


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