Location
Edinburgh
Office
Committee Office
Advertising Salary:
£35,586 - £44,322 (pro rata for part time)

About The Role

Working pattern: Our normal working week is 37 hours but we currently operate a wide variety of work patterns, successfully balancing lifestyle choices with business requirements. All requests for part time or flexible working hours will be seriously considered. 

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body is responsible for providing the Parliament with the property, staff and services required for the Parliament’s purposes.  We place high value on excellence and we are continually looking to improve how we work to ensure that we can deliver the Parliament's core purpose of representing the people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance, passing legislation and holding the Scottish Government to account.

We’re looking to expand our pool of Assistant Clerks within the Parliament. This is an excellent opportunity to register with us to be considered for both temporary and permanent opportunities in a key role within the Parliament.  We particularly welcome applications from candidates from an ethnic minority background who are under-represented at this level.  All appointments will be made on merit.

You’ll work in either our Committee or Chamber office, where the business of the Scottish Parliament is conducted. To see where the offices sit within our organisation please see our organisation chart. Clerking teams are normally made up of a Clerk Team Leader, Senior Assistant Clerk, Assistant Clerk and a Committee Assistant.

As Assistant Clerk, you’ll be part of a team in which you will play an important role in supporting the Members of the Scottish Parliament in inquiring into and debating issues of importance to the people of Scotland, in holding the Scottish Government to account and in deciding on new laws. This is especially important as we improve the Parliament’s scrutiny function in respect of public policy and legislation, which is often complex and contested.  This includes innovating in our support for Members and to enable the Parliament to be a modern democracy, with the public enabled to participate in the core business of Parliament.

For further information about the role please contact Sigrid.robinson@parliament.scot.

Please apply before midnight on Sunday 12 December. Full details of our selection process is outlined below.

About You

You’ll demonstrate an acute awareness of the political background with the ability to apply this within a high pressured and high-profile environment. You’ll have exceptional interpersonal skills and will establish effective relationships, both within and out with the Parliament, providing politically impartial advice.

As a leader, you’ll role model the Parliament’s values by empowering and motivating others, acting impartially and exercising sound judgement in everything you do. You’ll have excellent problem solving and organisational skills and will manage competing priorities to meet tight deadlines. You’ll have political nous, a firm grasp of procedure, and an ability to communicate with great accuracy and impact. You’ll have an aptitude for innovation, for example in how we engage with the public, to support scrutiny. Through your contribution, and your management of others, you’ll be confident in your ability to play a leadership role in the realisation of the Parliament’s vision: to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Scotland.

For full information about the role, have a look at the job description.

The Selection Process

Stage 1

Click ‘apply’ and this will allow you to register.

You’ll then be asked 5 questions based on the essential criteria for the role and be asked to complete a values-based statement.  Your application will be assessed based on your response to the screening questions and on your statement.

Our values are a central part of our working culture and our people management processes and are used to recruit, manage and develop our staff. For more on our values and behaviours framework, please visit our Staff Handbook site.

When completing the values-based statement, please address the key requirements under each value in the Job Description (covering each point in the sections entitled “and in delivering these you will have”). This may include specific skills, experience, abilities, knowledge and strengths you have and should include examples which demonstrate this. Please provide evidence against each of our four values, a maximum of 400 words is allowed per value.

Please note:  When writing your values-based statement the system will time out after an hour and your work will be lost. You don't have the option to save your application and return to it later.  If the system times out, you can go into your ‘candidate profile’ to access and complete your statement. Please only 'submit' your application when you're content it is complete.  If you 'cancel' then your work won't be saved.  You may want to complete your answers to the questions offline and then copy and paste your answers when you're ready to submit your application.  Once you've submitted your application, you don't have the option to go back.

Stage 2

We will review the number of candidates who have passed Stage 1. As we often receive a high level of applicants, you may be asked to complete a written exercise in Stage 2 as a further assessment.  Full details will be provided to candidates who reach this stage.

Stage 3

At the final stage, shortlisted candidates be invited to attend a remote panel interview. This may include a written exercise and/or a presentation.

Feedback will only be provided on request to those who attend interview.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please email careers@parliament.scot.

Our commitment to an inclusive workforce

We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer and guarantee to interview any disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.  If you have a disability and would like to talk to us about any aspects of this job, please contact us.  More details can be found here.