The role

Do you have some political or local government experience? Are you confident dealing with the press, and providing political advice to senior local politicians? Are you a member of the Liberal Democrat Party or do you share the party’s beliefs and values?

Providing research, political advice and support to the Majority Opposition Group Leader and the 13 Liberal Democrat councillors in Southwark, you will draft and present reports, provide high quality support, plan agendas, attend and minute meetings and liaise with outside bodies and the press on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group. You will build relationships with the local press and proactively ensure that the group's messages are developed and communicated widely. At the same time, you will ensure that key decisions from Group meetings are swiftly implemented and proactively identify issues of political interest, whilst supporting councillors with public speaking engagements and formal council questions and motions.

You will be knowledgeable about the functions of a local authority, and will be familiar with the roles of councillors and political party groups and will be able to work in a politically sensitive environment. Equally importantly, you will bring considerable initiative in order to support the Majority Opposition Group to undertake their role, and will display a very organised and self-motivated approach, backed by a high level of IT literacy and a sensitive approach to managing confidential information. Finally, you will need to be able to understand the diverse needs of the Liberal Democrat Group and to balance individual councillors’ demands and expectations.

This post is politically restricted.

If you require further information in regards to this role please contact Cllr Anood Al-Samerai on 07947671849

Please note salary cap for Political Assistant role

Recruitment timetable

Closing date: Monday 29 August 2017

Interviews and assessments: W/e 4 September 2017