Part Time Communications Officer

Rosie Duffield MP is looking for a part time communications officer to work in her busy Westminster office.

Working hours:  20 hours per week, working pattern to be agreed with Rosie.

Salary: £24,000-£35,352 pro-rata

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with events and other meetings and follow up as appropriate
  • Attend constituency meetings as appropriate
  • Deal with large numbers of standard queries, as well as assisting on more complex cases from members of the public by phone, email, social media or face to face. Ongoing communication may be required
  • Draft responses to constituents
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with the data protection legislation
  • Develop, monitor and update the existing social media and online presence in the constituency.
  • Produce online graphics and video content, as well as publicising surgeries and news alerts etc.
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Manage and monitor social media enquiries, dealing with cases that do not need to be transferred to a higher level.
  • Ensure all enquiries are dealt with in a timely manner
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required (on constituency, non-party-political matters)
  • Produce press releases, liaise with the media, meeting deadlines as appropriate
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act
  • There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of the normal working hours and travel for work occasionally
  • Filming and editing videos and photographs
  • Creating high-quality graphic and infographics
  • Producing monthly newsletters

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Knowledge of relevant digital software packages (Canva, Photoshop or similar)
  • Editing and design skills – audio, visual, graphic and motion graphic
  • Experience of writing copy specifically for social media
  • Good knowledge of social media trends
  • Knowledge of WordPress is desirable

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of Rosie’s key policy interests. They should be highly organised, a strong communicator and someone who is able to work accurately to deadlines and thrives in a fast-paced office. They will be able to exercise good political judgement and use their own initiative to start new, and add to, existing projects.. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of issues that affect Canterbury, Whitstable and surrounding villages and the ability to establish and build relationships with local groups and organisations

Parliamentary experience is not essential, but applicants will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the political environment nationally and in the Canterbury constituency.

Role based in Westminster but some travel to the constituency may be required.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: Friday 25 March 2022

Interview Date: w/c 4 April 2022

Rosie values inclusivity & diversity and welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds. Applications for flexible working will be considered.

Application Details

To apply, please submit a CV, a 250 word press release on a topical issue of your choice and covering letter, of no more than 1 A4 side, demonstrating how you fit the criteria listed above.

Please email your application to [email protected] Email submissions should be marked for the attention of Nicola May and have “Communications Officer 2022 Application [Applicant’s Name]” in the subject field. Due to the volume applications we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.