Advertising Salary:
£24,185 - £26,185

About The Role

Sarah Boyack MSP is looking for a Parliamentary and Engagement Assistant to join her team.
 
Salary: £24,185 - £26,185
 
Hours: 35 hours per week
 

Working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP)

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties. You'll work in a dynamic and fast paced environment to provide an outstanding service for constituents.

This is an exciting role to support the smooth running of Sarah’s Parliamentary and constituency offices and support Sarah’s engagement with constituents and stakeholders across the Lothians. Desirable candidates will have an interest in Sarah’s work, with a strong awareness of local issues across the Lothian region and an interest in politics.

Sarah is looking for an enthusiastic individual with new ideas, and an appetite to support her engagement with local communities. Full training and continuous development will be put in place to meet the needs of the successful candidate.

This post will be based between the Scottish Parliament and Sarah’s constituency office on Leith Walk. There will also be limited opportunity to work from home.

Responsibilities

Engagement

  • Arranging Sarah’s regular surgeries across the Lothians; including booking venues, advertising and coordinating data for mail outs.
  • Produce materials that effectively convey Sarah’s aims and work to residents and stakeholders across the Lothians; including my e-newsletter and annual Parliamentary Report.
  • Build and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
  • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
  • Good political judgement and understanding of when a case could be a story.
  • Develop and maintain the MSP website ensuring that it is kept up to date and is factual and accurate at all times.

Parliamentary and constituency support

  • Drafting written correspondence such as letters and requests for information.
  • Provide administrative and secretarial support where required.
  • Maintaining filing system and managing records.
  • Supporting with keeping casework up to date and responding to public enquiries.
  • Keeping cases up to date by tracking, logging and recognising when to escalate issues within team.
  • Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.

Other

  • Keep knowledge of local issues up to date.
  • Participate in team meetings.
  • Have a commitment to continuous professional development and attend relevant training and development opportunities.
  • Work in line with relevant Scottish Parliament organisational policies.
 
 

About You

Requirements

  • Have an interest in politics and be sympathetic with Sarah’s views.
  • Have excellent organisational skills.
  • Have excellent communication skills with accurate attention to detail.
  • Be able to work independently where required on agreed tasks and contribute effectively to a friendly and high performing team.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with constituents and stakeholders in the Lothians.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
  • Be a quick learner with the ability to multitask and work within tight timescales.
  • Be a proactive problem solver with the motivation and resilience to adapt and deal with challenges.
  • Have the creative flair and expertise to produce accurate and influential work.

The Selection Process

To apply, click on "send CV" and upload your CV and supporting statement as one document.  When you've clicked "send CV" use the text box to provide wording for the cover email.   Your supporting statement should outline how you meet the requirements detailed above for this role.  Applications that do not include a supporting statement may not be considered

Closing date: Thursday 30th June at 5pm.

For more information on this post please e-mail adam.wilson@parliament.scot