Conservative Group Political Assistant

Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
up to £34,986
Posted
19 Apr 2021
Closes
10 May 2021
Ref
BCC001971
Contract Type
Full time

Fixed Term Contract until 31st May 2022.

About the role

Do you have some political or local government experience?

Are you confident dealing with the press, and providing political advice to senior local politicians? Are you a member of the Conservative Party or do you share the party’s beliefs and values?

The Group Political Assistant is unique in the Council, in that it directly supports the majority opposition group.

You will be based in Birmingham city centre, though there may be occasions when you will be expected to accompany politicians on visits throughout the city. You will draft and present reports, provide high quality support, plan agendas, attend and minute meetings and liaise with outside bodies and the press on behalf of the group. You will build relationships with the local press and proactively ensure that the group's messages are developed and communicated widely.

At the same time, you will ensure that key decisions from Group meetings are swiftly implemented and proactively identify issues of political interest, whilst supporting councillors with public speaking engagements and formal council questions and motions.

About you

You will be a strong self-starter, able to work alone, with a good understanding of local government and current issues in Birmingham. You should be able to give sound, clear advice on complex issues with a high degree of political sensitivity.

You should be able to act at pace and work effectively with elected members, senior officers within the Council and external stakeholders.

This post is politically restricted appointment.

Essential Qualification

As set out in the job description

Desirable skills and experience

As set out in the job description

Salary for Political Assistants is set by the Secretary of State and is outlined in The Local Government (Assistant for Political Groups) (Remuneration) (England) Order 2006 (No.1509). There is a maximum salary ceiling currently of £34,986. Your salary will be as outlined in your letter of appointment.

Interviews for this post may take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.

For further information please contact Robert Connelly Assistant Director for Governance on 0121 303 2443 or email him at Robert_Connelly@birmingham.gov.uk or alternative please email Councillor Gareth Moore Gareth.Moore@birmingham.gov.uk

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead

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