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Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP (Highlands & Islands Region)
Parliamentary Administrative Assistant
The post of Parliamentary Administrative Assistant is an interesting and varied appointment
based in our regional office in Stornoway.
The post holder will be the first point of contact with local constituents and will
be required to have good communication skills. The successful candidate will be expected
to obtain basic information in relation to casework arising out of issues/concerns
raised by constituents, conduct basic research and then forward the material to the
Parliamentary manager/Parliamentary assistants for progression.
The ideal applicant will be well organised, flexible, self-motivated, a good team
player and able to work on their own initiative.
They will have demonstrable basic research skills along with strong written and oral
Some knowledge and understanding of the Scottish media is desirable along with some
experience of working with journalists.
They will need an awareness of the Scottish political scene, be IT literate and have
experience of new media, including website content management.
Salary will be £16,800 per annum (pro rata) rising by two increments to £20,650.
Hours are 17.5 per week.
Holiday entitlement is 30 days per annum (pro rata).
Closing date is 5pm on Monday 13 February 2017.
Successful candidates will be interviewed on Friday 3 March 2017.
Unsuccessful candidates will be notified.
To apply, send a copy of your CV, along with a single A4 page supporting statement,
demonstrating how you meet the requirements set out above to David Stewart MSP at
firstname.lastname@example.org or to: David Stewart MSP, PO BOX 5717 Inverness,
Informal queries may be directed to David Stewart MSP or the manager, Douglas Mackenzie
at the above address. Telephone contact 01463 716299.
As an employer we are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and treatment
and to eliminating unfair discrimination in our employment practices.
Person Specification Job Title – Parliamentary Administration Assistant
Responsibilities will include:
Providing rapid, accurate and detailed information in relation to casework and other
issues locally for the parliamentary manager or parliamentary assistants to progress.
Assist in the preparation and delivering of briefings and updates for the MSP to
assist in the preparation of speeches and Parliamentary Questions.
Assist in the preparation of press releases and have ability to undertake other media
Assist in the drafting of letters to interest groups and responding to enquiries,
Liaising with other elected representatives in the constituency and beyond and with
colleagues in the Scottish Parliament and elsewhere.
Liaising with internal and external groups. Arranging appointments and diary management.
Deputising for MSPs at meetings with groups or individuals.
Other duties in support of the MSP carrying out their parliamentary duties as required.
KEY SKILLS AND COMPETENCE ESSENTIAL
Some knowledge and understanding of different research methods
Knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political scene
Flexible approach with the ability to work unsupervised whilst working as part of
a small team
Proven communication skills, both written and verbal
Strong organisational skills
The ability to form and nurture effective working relationships with internal and
IT literate with a good working knowledge of Word, Excel and Outlookpackages