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Job Title: Parliamentary and Casework Assistant

Working For: Liam McArthur MSP

Location: Holyrood, Edinburgh

Salary: £24,000-£25,000, dependent on experience

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the busy Scottish Parliamentary office of Liam McArthur MSP for the position of Parliamentary and Casework Assistant. The post is to support the MSP in his parliamentary role, as spokesperson for justice and energy, and in his work representing his Orkney constituency.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated and creative team player with a keen, politically astute eye. The successful candidate will also be responsible for assisting with casework on behalf of constituents and the wider Orkney community. In addition, the successful candidate will be involved in assisting with Mr McArthur’s work in Holyrood, including event management and potentially the development of a member’s bill during the course of the current parliamentary session.

Please note that working in a small team may mean that there will be occasional ad hoc duties and the successful candidate will be flexible in accommodating changing or additional duties with a ‘can do’ attitude. Key duties may therefore also include aspects of parliamentary research, such as preparing briefing material for meetings, debates and conferences, generating parliamentary questions, FOI requests and drafting letters.

The successful candidate will likely already have some experience in a political environment, or equivalent, and will be sympathetic to the fundamental aims of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

While the successful candidate will be based at the Scottish Parliament, they may be required to spend time in the constituency office in Orkney, particularly during parliamentary recesses. Some weekend work, evening work or irregular hours may be required, for which time off in lieu will be given.

Person Specification

  • Must have good political knowledge and awareness from a Scottish and UK perspective
  • Must be able to be proactive on key issues and generate new ideas
  • Must be able to work under pressure and to regular deadlines
  • Experience of working with a broad range of people
  • Experience of delivering research support material
  • Experience of applying analytical skills including the ability to summarise a wide range of views and be able to identify quickly key issues from a range of sources
  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational skills

Closing Date: 20 August 2021, 5pm

Interview/Start Dates

Successful applicants will be invited to interview ‘remotely’ from Wednesday 25 August to Friday 27 August with a start date to be agreed shortly thereafter.

Application Details

Applicants are required to complete a CV and covering letter indicating why you have the energy, skills, knowledge and understanding of politics or other relevant experience to make a real difference in the post.

Your application should also name two referees, one of which should be your current or most recent employer. Please note that these referees may be contacted without permission unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise.

To apply for the position, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] or 14 Palace Road, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1PA.

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