MSP Staff
Advertising Salary:
£33,519 - £37,612

About The Role

Sharon Dowey MSP is looking for a Head of Office/Parliamentary Adviser to join her team.
Salary: £33,519 - £37,612
Hours: 37 hours 

Location: Ideally based in the Local Office, Ayr and Holyrood Tuesday to Thursday when Parliament is in session

MSPs are employers in their own right. Under their employment, you will become part of a team supporting them in carrying out their duties.


Acting in a supervisory role with oversight of overall media strategy.
  • Establishing media monitoring systems that detect news instantly as it breaks.
  • Managing provision of communications and press advice.
Identifying potential media opportunities and acting as media contact.
  • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences as specified.
  • Identifying forthcoming events, in turn promoting my work.
  • Developing creative new engagement methods for social media accounts.
  • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate. 
  • Implementing media and digital communication strategy.

Following all media outlets to capture relevant developments as they happen
  • Maintaining information systems to support communications
  • Maintaining and growing social media presence
  • Drafting and posting social media content to update constituents on my parliamentary activities
  • Reviewing social media trends and briefing me in issues of relevance to my parliamentary role

Overseeing the office research needs and project plans.
  • Leading on project work.
  • Overseeing new areas and methods of research.
  • Peer-reviewing validity and quality of work to ensure accuracy.
Engaging with the wider research community to ensure I have access to (accurate and contemporary) data.
  • Collaborating with colleagues from different services areas across the Parliament.
  • Liaising with various external groups e.g. think-tanks, NGOs, other elected representatives.
  • Developing effective relationships with counterparts in other UK legislatures and wider research community.
  • Performing casework-related research and preparing responses where necessary.

Gathering and distributing valuable data that supports my activities.
  • Keeping your knowledge of policy areas and local issues up-to-date.
  • Carrying out research projects.
  • Obtaining and compiling relevant research documents from external bodies.
  • Preparing and delivering regular briefings and updates.
  • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data and statistics.
Organising diary commitments and preparing for all activities.
  • Arranging surgeries, meetings and travel.
  • Arranging briefing papers and speeches.
  • Communicating with parliamentary officials.
  • Representing on my behalf as and when required.
  • Drafting written correspondence such as letters, requests for information and parliamentary questions and motions.

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.
  • Meeting constituents on a wide range of issues, including those of a sensitive nature and escalating accordingly.
  • Advocating on constituent's behalf with relevant bodies to resolve matters.

About You

  • 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 skills in developing research networks and communicating complex information to others at various levels.
  • Have analytical skills with the ability to identify and investigate trends while interpreting data.
  • Have the creative flair and expertise to produce accurate and influential work.
  • Be able to lead on areas of project work while developing new areas and methods of research.
  • Be capable in monitoring media developments and sourcing information from a range of channels.
  • Have the ability to foster good working relationships with confidence to understand how the media world operates

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: 23:59 on Monday 26 September