Constituency Assistant to Alyn Smith MP

Part time: two days per week, based in the Stirling constituency.

Salary: £24,000 pro rata (regularly reviewed in line with IPSA pay scales).

Contract type: permanent.

Alyn Smith MP is seeking a Constituency Assistant to join his busy team in the Stirling constituency.  The ideal candidate will be a driven person who will compliment the team’s good local knowledge of the diverse area, including on local community organisations and local issues.

Key responsibilities: 

The position will involve, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting with casework on behalf of Mr Smith and ensuring cases are dealt with in a timely, confidential, and sensitive manner.
  • Research and draft responses to campaigns.
  • Liaising with community organisations and local groups (such as community councils), and assessing where Mr Smith can provide assistance and support.
  • Research on local topics, and providing briefings if and when necessary.
  • Assisting with general office administration.
  • Organising virtual and physical meetings for Mr Smith with local constituents and organisations.
  • Working with the rest of the local team to manage campaigns on local issues.
  • Diary management for Mr Smith.
  • Attend and assist with constituency surgeries and meetings.

Person specification: 

Essential: 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills as well as skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Excellent local knowledge of the Stirling Constituency and local communities.
  • General understanding of local private, public, and third sector organisations.
  • Ability to identify areas where Mr Smith can provide assistance and support to local people, organisations, and businesses.
  • Ability to manage time effectively and prioritise tasks.
  • Confident working with general office IT systems (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).

Preferred: 

  • Experience working in the constituency office of an MP or an MSP.
  • Understanding of Scottish and UK politics.
  • Good knowledge on local politics.
  • Ability to adapt to changing situations, including supporting team members with different roles.

There may be, on rare occasions, a requirement to work outside of normal office hours.

All training on relevant systems will be provided upon starting.

Upon appointment, the successful application will be required to complete relevant security pass applications with the House of Commons. See the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO)web page for further information.

Closing date: 31 January, 2022.

Application details: 

Please send a CV and covering letter to: lee.robb@parliament.uk

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis by Zoom with Mr Smith. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be informed as soon as a decision is made.