The Labour Group office for Harrow Council is currently seeking to appoint to the position of Political Assistant (on a part time basis). If you are you looking for an interesting and challenging position this may be the job for you.
This post is for a fixed term until 31st August 2026 with the possibility of extension. The job involves occasional attendance at evening meetings and may therefore require working unsociable hours.
This post is being filled under section 9 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (Assistants for Political Groups). The post is a politically restricted post under section 2 of the Act.
We offer flexible working and an open and supportive environment.
You should enjoy working in a team environment, possess excellent interpersonal skills, be able to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.
You will provide professional and organisational support to the Labour Group and as the Group’s Political Assistant, you will carry out a range of interesting duties including:
- undertaking political research in Council matters;
- assisting with the composition and the issuing of press releases;
- attending Labour Group meetings to provide information and advice to Council Members;
- liaising with Members of Parliament and Officers of the Council;
Ideally, you will be a member of the Labour Party and have the following experience/skills:
- research/administrative experience;
- experience of dealing with public bodies or political organisations;
- a good knowledge of Council political structure and public affairs;
- good interpersonal skills and organisational skills;
- good computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, database and desktop publishing; and
- the ability to work under pressure as part of a team as well as use your own initiative.
Role Profile/Selection Criteria
Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit with a range of cultures, religions and opinions that come together to produce high achieving schools and a close and friendly community. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.
Job ID 2022-2479
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