Placement Scheme - Parliamentary Assistant

Location
London, London
Salary
£10.20 per hour
Posted
26 Mar 2018
Closes
20 Apr 2018
Hours
Full Time

There are 10 positions available with MPs from different political parties. The Scheme is open to people of any age above the legal working age, from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and they moved to London from many different parts of the UK.

Please see the microsite on the Step website for further background information and notes about important dates in the recruitment process: http://www.step.org.uk/clients/house-of-commons/

Responsibilities

  • Duties on each individual placement will vary depending on the MP office successful candidates are assigned to
  • Support the administrative functions in a busy MPs office
  • Frequent communication with colleagues and members of the public
  • Taking calls
  • Responding to written correspondence
  • Dealing with team members face to face
  • Diary management including arranging meetings for MPs
  • Undertaking research and writing short briefings (1 page documents on a particular issue in line with the MP’s political aims)
  • Taking minutes in meetings
  • Drafting letters to constituents, other MPs, Peers, charities, and businesses
  • Managing MP’s letter, email and telephone correspondence
  • Support for events including booking rooms, inviting guests and speakers
  • Attending meetings with MPs and Parliamentary Assistants
  • Attending training sessions with the House of Commons 
  • Dealing with highly confidential information
  • General office administration including:
    • Scanning and logging correspondence
    • Filing
    • Answering calls
    • Greeting visitors
  • Contract: 9 months from 1st October 2018
  • Location: Portcullis House, Westminster, Central London
  • Hours: 37.5 hours/week (some evening work may occasionally be required)

About You

  • Resilient and optimistic
  • Able to work in a high pressure environment with frequent changes in your workload and schedule
  • Able to work independently
  • Able to respond receptively and positively to feedback
  • Able to remain calm and cope with setbacks and challenging situations in a professional manner
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Understanding of the importance of the reputation of Parliament, the Scheme and the Member you work for
  • Able to prioritise your team’s needs and meet your deadlines
  • Efficient
  • Have a track record of delivering tasks to high standards and working to deadlines
  • Well organised
  • Excellent time-management and admin skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good written skills for drafting correspondence, writing reports and research papers, etc
  • Passionate about UK politics, with up-to-date knowledge of current affairs 
  • Passionate about being part of the scheme. We are looking for someone committed to developing their skills and knowledge, who can become an advocate for the scheme.

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