Newham is one of the youngest and most diverse boroughs in England and Wales. Host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and home to the largest urban regeneration site in Europe, Newham boasts a vibrant and thriving culture and community.
With a new, ambitious Mayor driving a bold new agenda, we are looking for a talented individual who shares our commitment to putting people at the heart of everything we do.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone with a keen political instinct and great organisational skills to work with the Labour Group of Councillors of Newham Council.
We are looking for a Political Assistant to support the implementation of our radical policy programme and communicate our agenda to the City.
Labour Group Political Assistant
£32,430 - £34,794 pa Fixed Term until May 2022
Understanding the local social, economic and political landscape so that you can analyse the impact of Government policy on the City.
Identifying new issues facing the City as they emerge and working with Councillors on plans to address them and communicate a response.
Ensuring an effective Labour presence at Council meetings by ensuring Councillors are fully briefed and ready to make clear and concise contributions at Committees and Full Council.
Supporting our team to develop an ongoing positive narrative about Labour’s policy programme through their speaking opportunities, press interviews and across a range of local publications and social media.
Being an effective link between Members of the Group and Officers and ensuring that the Group’s priorities are understood and reflected in the development of policies and decision-making.
You will have the ability to function, with minimal supervision, in a highly pressured environment, with competing demands and a significant workload.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to build, develop and maintain good working relationships with very senior people in a wide variety of organisations and to be able to deal with sensitive and difficult matters.
Closing date: Monday 25th November 2019
To complete a successful application, please carefully review the person specification and ensure you offer examples of your work experience.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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