Sharon Hodgson MP

Working hard for Washington and Sunderland West.

Sharon recruiting for Parliamentary Assistant 09.12.14

Sharon Hodgson MP is looking to recruit an exceptional Parliamentary Assistant for her Westminster Office.

Please note, this vacancy is now taken.

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The successful candidate will join a hard-working team supporting the work of the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and MP for Washington and Sunderland West.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a candidate with at least a year’s experience as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster, and the salary offered will be around the mid-point of the IPSA scale to reflect this.

They will be responsible for taking a leading role with the successful running of a busy Parliamentary office, including but not limited to:

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Sharon is accurately informed on key issues;
  • Proactive generation of media opportunities and stories, particularly through research and liaison with journalists;
  • Handling quote requests from national and local media, liaising with Labour Party staff and colleagues where appropriate;
  • Helping to develop policy within Sharon’s Shadow Ministerial portfolio, including maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and Labour Party staff;
  • Helping to develop and implement campaigns on local and national issues;
  • Diary Management;
  • Drafting speeches for a range of different audiences;
  • Assisting in the running of All-Party Parliamentary Groups;
  • Monitoring media coverage and briefing the Member on relevant issues in a timely manner;
  • Drafting and tabling Parliamentary materials including questions and amendments;
  • Drafting responses to policy-related constituency casework and assisting with general casework as required, and;
  • Supervising other staff members where appropriate.

Knowledge of Computing for Labour programmes as well as Microsoft Office would be an advantage, but training can be given.

Initial contract offer will be for one calendar year, pending a successful probationary period and further review towards the end of the contract.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See for further info.

The deadline for applications is 11pm on Monday 15 December. Interviews will take place on Thursday the 18th (PM) or Friday 19th (AM) of December, with the successful candidate starting as early as possible in the New Year. If you anticipate a problem with either the interview or start dates, please make this clear when you apply.

Sharon would like candidates to draft a 5-600-word speech for the Ping-Pong Stage debate on the Consumer Rights Bill. Please send this with a short covering letter (maximum 1 side of A4) detailing why you are interested in the job and your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4) to (e-mail address removed), putting PAVAC as the subject line.

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