Job Title: Parliamentary Researcher
Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales (£23,750-£35,308)
Vicky is looking for a Parliamentary Researcher to support her work across Westminster and her Lewisham Deptford constituency. The successful applicant will be happy to work both independently and as part of our small, close-knit team. The role will be split across our two offices according to need.
Previous experience in a similar role is desirable but not essential. Vicky welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.
Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
- Analysing, evaluating and interpreting data to ensure Vicky is accurately informed on key issues.
- Developing and maintaining current knowledge of bills, Early Day Motions, legislation, Hansard, debates etc.
- Ensuring Vicky is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House.
- Giving advice on policy issues.
- Monitoring media coverage, dealing with press enquiries and drafting press releases.
- Preparing and presenting briefing notes as required.
- Drafting blogs and updates for Vicky’s website and social media.
- Progressing casework as required.
- Project work.
- Responding to routine correspondence and enquiries.
- Undertaking research as required.
- Accompanying Vicky to meetings and following up on agreed actions as appropriate.
- Providing other generalist admin support.
- Supervising work experience students and staff members where appropriate.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to manage own workload, prioritise and work under pressure.
- Excellent IT, administrative and organisational skills.
- Experience of dealing with highly sensitive and confidential information.
- Ability to work flexibly as part of a small team.
- Knowledge of the key issues concerning people in Lewisham Deptford and an understanding of the local area.
- Understanding of and sympathy with the aims and goals of the Labour Party.
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.
Closing Date: Monday 6th January 2020.
Interview/Start Dates: All applications will go through an initial sifting process and candidates who are long-listed will be asked to draft a 5-minute speech on housing. Short-listed candidates will then be invited to interview in the week commencing 20th January (exact dates tbc). Start date to be negotiated.
Please send a covering letter (one side A4 max) – clearly outlining how you meet the job specification and why you want to work for Vicky – along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting ‘Researcher Application’ in the subject line.