Political Officer - Conservative Group (Six month maternity cover)
Westminster - London

Vacancy Reference: 002451

Location: Westminster - London

Closing Date: 25/01/2022

Salary: £38440 pa (including London weighting)

Employment Type: Fixed term, full-time

Department: Deputy Chief Executive, LGA

Hours Per week: 35

Six month maternity Cover

About us

We are a politically led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. We aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils, so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.

To find out more information about what it’s like to work at the LGA, please visit http://www.local.gov.uk/benefits-and-working-lga and for information on Equality and Diversity at the LGA, please visit https://www.local.gov.uk/equality-and-diversity-lga

The role & requirements

The LGA Conservative Group, as the largest political group office at the LGA, represents Conservative councillors, providing a strong voice within the cross-party LGA and with the Conservative Party at Westminster. 

We work to support Conservative councillors by:
•    Supporting the Conservative Group Leadership team and Conservative councillors on boards and in roles at the LGA
•    Maintaining strong working relations with the Conservative government, Conservative Parliamentary Party, Conservative Councillors’ Association and Conservative Campaign Headquarters
•    Running events, meetings and workshops for Conservative councillors across the country
•    Regular communications and publications for Conservative councillors to share ideas and best practice.

The Conservative Group Office seeks to provide wide-ranging and active support to Conservative councillors. You will work within a small team of four. 

The Political Officer post will support the effective work of the Conservative Group Office by:
•    Taking a leading role in driving forward the Conservative Group Office’s media relations and communications activity.

•    Undertake research to provide support to the Group Leader, Group Executive and LGA member representatives and identify issues that will help gather support for the Group’s position on local government issues.

•    Assist in the development of a communications network between the LGA Conservative Group, Conservative councillors, ministers and parliamentary colleagues.

•    Draft articles, edit newsletters and commission pamphlets under the direction of Head of Office, Group Leader and lead members.

•    Develop and maintain close and effective relationships with a network of councils, key external contacts and LGA staff.

•    Represent the Group office at internal and external meetings; provide support for members by producing agendas and papers for meetings and undertaking any necessary follow-up.

•    Contribute to the planning, organising and delivery of Political Group events at conferences and seminars 

A helpful and positive can-do attitude is essential to the role, as is establishing good working relationships with others both internally and externally. You will have excellent proven organisational skills and plenty of initiative. You’ll also be a proficient IT user and will have an excellent command of written and spoken English. 

Experience of working in a political environment and communications role is essential.

Candidates must be able to empathise with the aims and objectives of the Conservative Party.

As we encourage flexible working at the LGA, we are happy to discuss the option of a home-based contract. The salary for a home-based worker is from £34,728 pa or office-based from 38,440 pa (including London Weighting). The office-based working will be in line with our transitional flexible working policy as we begin to go back into the office again following COVID-19

For more information on the Local Government Association please click here.

Closing date:          5pm, Tuesday 25th January 2022
Interview date:      Tuesday 1st February 2022

As a Disability Confident Leader, the LGA values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community