MSP Staff
Advertising Salary:
£28,295 pro rata

About The Role

Ash Regan MSP is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to join her team.

Salary: £28,295 pro rata

Hours: 21 hours per week 

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Duration: 6-month contract (with potential to be extended further)

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Collaborating with colleagues from different service areas across the Parliament.
    • Performing casework-related research and responding where necessary.
  • Producing materials that effectively convey my aims to the general public and media.
    • Keeping up to date with current media developments.
    • Building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
    • Corresponding with constituents and local campaign groups.
    • Producing high quality press briefings, speeches, presentations and written materials.
    • Representing me in dealing with media and providing statements where appropriate.
    • Organising and arranging interviews and press conferences, as required.
  • Carrying out general office administration and acting as front of office for enquiries.
    • Overseeing all administrative procedures, ensuring documents are easily retrievable.
    • Responding to all incoming correspondence while professionally managing each enquiry within agreed timescales.
    • Coordinating, tracking and monitoring the handling of enquiries and ensuring they are dealt with timely and professionally.
    • Drafting written correspondence such as letters, requests for information and parliamentary questions and motions.
  • Maintaining office records and compliance with data protection.
    • Maintaining filing system and managing records.
    • Ensuring compliance with data protection legislation and GDPR requirements.
    • Ensuring administrative and secretarial support is provided.

About You


You will:
  • Have an interest in politics with the confidence to represent someone in a media-related capacity.
  • 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.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.


The Selection Process

Click on “apply” to upload your CV and a Supporting Statement. 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: midnight on Monday 5 June 2023