Post of Parliamentary Administrative Assistant

Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP (Highlands and Islands Region) – Parliamentary Administrative Assistant

The post of Parliamentary Administrative Assistant is an interesting and varied appointment based in our Regional office in Inverness.

The post holder will be the first point of contact with local constituents and will be required to have good communication skills.

The successful candidate will be expected to obtain basic information in relation to casework arising out of issues/concerns raised by constituents, conduct basic research and then forward the material to the Parliamentary Manager/Parliamentary Assistants for progression.

You will

*be well organised, flexible, self-motivated, a good team player and able to work on your own initiative

*have demonstrable basic research skills along with strong written and oral communication skills have an awareness of the Scottish political scene, be IT literate and

*have experience of new media, including website content management

* have some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish media is desirable along with some experience of working with Journalists

Salary will be £17,237 to £21,187.

Hours are 35 per week.

Holiday entitlement is 30 days per annum.

Closing date is 5pm on 14 April 2017

Interviews will be held on 28 April 2017

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified.

To apply, send a copy of your CV, along with a single A4 page supporting statement, demonstrating how you meet the requirements set out above to

David Stewart MSP at :

david.stewart.msp@parliament.scot

or to:

David Stewart MSP,

PO Box 5717, Inverness, IV1 1YT.

Informal queries may be directed to David Stewart MSP or Andrene Maxwell at the above address.

Telephone contact 01463 716299.

As an employer we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment and to eliminating unfair discrimination in our employment practices.

Person Specification Job Title –

Parliamentary Administration Assistant Responsibilities will include:

· Providing rapid, accurate and detailed information in relation to casework and other issues locally for the Parliamentary Manager or Parliamentary Assistants to progress.

· Assist in the preparation and delivering of briefings and updates for the MSP to assist in the preparation of speeches and Parliamentary Questions.

· Assist in the preparation of Press Releases and have ability to undertake other media responsibilities.

· Assist in the drafting of letters to interest groups and responding to enquiries, as required.

· Liaising with other elected representatives in the constituency and beyond and with colleagues in the Scottish Parliament and elsewhere.

· Liaising with internal and external groups.

Arranging appointments and diary management.

Deputising for MSPs at meetings with groups or individuals.

· Other duties in support of the MSP carrying out their Parliamentary duties as required.

KEY SKILLS AND COMPETENCE

Essential:

· Some knowledge and understanding of different research methods

· Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political scene

· Flexible approach with the ability to work unsupervised whilst working as part of a small team

· Proven communication skills, both written and verbal

· Strong organisational skills

· The ability to form and nurture effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

· IT literate with a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlook packages

Desirable:

· Local knowledge

· Understanding of local issues