MSP Staff
Advertising Salary:
£35,278 - £41,424 per annum

About The Role

Salary: £35,278 - £41,424 per annum

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Location: Regional Office in Ardrossan. Please note, occasional travel to Holyrood will be expected to support Katy in her parliamentary duties.

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.


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Engaging with wider research community ensuring 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.
  • Assisting me in relation to Parliamentary work including: research for speeches, questions and committee meetings
    • Drafting and submitting parliamentary questions and motions
    • Liaising with clerks in relation to parliamentary procedures including the drafting of amendments
    • Support with speech writing
    • Administrative and other arrangements relating to Cross Party Groups, and support with diary management.

About You


  • 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.
  • Have flexibility using relevant IT skills and writing styles, covering both traditional and newer forms of media.
  • Be creative in designing and communicating over a range of formats on different media platforms
  • 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 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.
  • A full driving licence would be advantageous to support Katy in attending events and meetings across the West Scotland region.

The Selection Process

For any questions about the role please contact:[email protected]

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.  

If you are experiencing any issues with the applications process, please send your CV and supporting statement directly to:[email protected]

Closing Date: Sunday 14th July 2024 at 11:59pm