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Political Assistant to the Conservative Party

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/35953
  • Published: Fri 08/09/2023, 3:33 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 06/10/2023, 3:33 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £38746 - £42053 per annum + £38,746 - £42,053 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Surrey

The salary scale for this position is £38,746 - £42,053 per annum based on a 36-hour working week.

Though the role is advertised as full-time, we are open to flexible working requests.

The role is advertised as a fixed-term contract until the next County Council election in May 2025, as the recruitment of Political Assistants is dependent on a Group having nine Councillors. There is the possibility to extend the contract dependent on the next election results.

This a hybrid role with the ability to work from home. However, you will be required to attend Council offices at Woodhatch Place, Reigate for regular meetings and potentially attend other meetings across Surrey as required.

The role

We are looking for someone to provide political and administrative support to the Conservative Group at Surrey County Council and its Leader. The Conservative Group is the majority party at the Council and currently consists of 44 Conservative Councillors.

You will support the Group in managing and co-ordinating its business, including administrative support and advice to Group meetings. This will include:

  • Ensuring that Group members are fully and promptly briefed
  • Keeping abreast of national developments affecting local government, including new legislation and national party policies
  • Drafting press releases, undertaking research and preparing briefings
  • Providing an independent source of advice and support to ensure effective communications

About you

We're looking for someone with a keen interest in the key issues facing local government today and a sound grasp of the Conservative Party's policies. Excellent oral and written communication skills, together with strong IT skills and a flexible approach to pressures and problems, will be vital to this role. We would also be interested to hear about your previous experience of political activity.

Additional Information

In person interviews will take place on the afternoons of Monday 23rd October and Tuesday 24th October at Woodhatch Place in Reigate.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Benefits

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:

  • The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
  • The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form

Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.

We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

Apply Now

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/35953
  • Published: Fri 08/09/2023, 3:33 AM
  • Closing on: Fri 06/10/2023, 3:33 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £38746 - £42053 per annum + £38,746 - £42,053 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Surrey

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