Political Assistant

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Salary: £30,153 to £34,986

Working Hours:37 

Job Share:No 

Employment Type:Fixed Term  

Location:Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester - GL1 2TG 

Closing date:30 October 2017 at midnight 

Political Research Assistant for the Labour/ Green Group

Fixed term contract until May 2021 


Are you interested in local democracy and politics? Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to develop your skills?

Gloucestershire County Council employs three Political Assistants and their contracts run for the four year term of the Council (May 2017 to May 2021). A vacancy has arisen for the post that supports the Labour and Green Group. The group, known locally as the Labour Green Co-operative Alliance, comprises seven councillors (five Labour and two Green).

You will support the political group in managing and co-ordinating group business, as well as keeping a watching brief on national developments affecting local government. You will also draft press releases, prepare briefings and support group members in their day-to-day activities.

You should possess excellent oral and written communication skills and have experience of working in a political environment but that does not necessarily need to be in Gloucestershire. It is important that you have a good understanding of Labour Party and Green Party policies. You should be self-motivated and have the ability to manage changing priorities.

Political awareness and sensitivity are essential requirements and working with the media and other partners, ideally in local government is desirable. You will be educated to degree standard or have equivalent experience.

The post is designated under Section 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 as politically restricted. The post may be available on a job share basis.

To request further information please contact Simon Harper in Democratic Services, on 01452 324202 or email simon.harper@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Closing date: Monday 30 October 2017

Interview date: Week starting Monday, 6 November 2017

Application Information

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We value diversity in our workforce and positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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