The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national membership body for local authorities. We work on behalf of our member councils to support, promote and improve local government.
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 influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils to help them deliver local solutions to national problems.
We also provide councils with the tools and resources to respond to challenges present and emerging, and support improvement across the sector.
About the role
The Labour Group Office seeks to provide wide-ranging and active support to Labour council leaders and councillors. You would work within a team of four, alongside the Head of Group Office and two Political Advisers. The Labour Group office works to support Labour councillors by:
- Supporting the Labour Group Leadership team and Labour councillors on boards and in roles at the LGA
- Maintaining strong working relations with the Parliamentary Labour Party, Labour Party Head Office and the wider Labour movement including trade unions and affiliated groups
- Running events, meetings and workshops for Labour councillors across the country
- Regular communications and publications for Labour councillors to share ideas and best practice
- Coordinating improvement and innovation work in Labour councils through peer support and mentoring
The Political Administrator post will support the effective work of the Labour Group Office by:
- Providing administrative support including diary management of the Group Leader, coordinating Labour councillors taking part in peer support work, and organising and supporting meetings, events and functions
- Maintaining and continuously improving administrative systems, including forward/project plans, electronic filing systems, CRM mailing lists and databases
- Preparing correspondence and other documents and arranging their distribution
- Monitoring expenditure against budgets and keeping service records and inventories
- Liaising with councillors and local authorities and acting as a first point of contact for enquiries
- Responding to or referring enquiries as appropriate and prioritising and monitoring incoming emails, post and phone calls
- Providing support and contributing to projects within the LGA as required
A helpful and positive can-do attitude is essential to the role, as is the ability to establish good working relationships with others both internally and externally. You will have excellent and 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. Candidates should be able to demonstrate understanding and empathy with the aims and objectives of the Labour Party.
You must have the right to work in the UK, the LGA are unfortunately unable to offer sponsorship visas. Evidence for the right to work in the UK will be requested at the interview stage.
If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the online form and include a supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria of the role before the closing date.
We use anonymous recruitment, which is the practice of hiding candidates’ identities. This process involves removing any identifying information from candidates’ applications which includes names. We are unable to remove candidate’s names from their CV’s. If you wish to remain anonymous, we ask that you take your name off your CV before submitting.
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 4th December
Interview Date: Monday 11th December, in person
At the LGA we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our recruitment decisions are based on fair, open competition, with appointment on merit. The LGA are proud to be awarded a “Disability Confident Leader”. If you are require an reasonable adjustment, which is a change to the format or conditions of the recruitment process to accommodate any disability-related needs you may have. Please contact us via HRandPayroll@local.gov.uk
- LGA annual leave entitlement is 29 days, rising to 31 days after three years’ service and to 33 days after five years’ service, plus all UK public holidays (pro rata for fixed term and part time contracts).*
- Flexible & agile working – office-based staff are required to work in the LGA’s London office two days per week as a minimum, subject to business need and this may vary significantly between different roles and from week to week.
- Future development – face-to-face and virtual courses are scheduled in line with developmental goals
- The LGA offers 24/7 access to a free, confidential employee assistance programme managed by Health Assured. This service is also available for Dependants.
- Family friendly policies
For more of LGA’s benefits and working with us, please view our webpage https://www.local.gov.uk/benefits-and-working-lga
Our values & behaviours
Our Values and Behaviours are there to give us an understanding of who we are as an organisation and who we want to be. They are a framework to help us understand:
- how we work with each other
- how we work with our members and stakeholders
- our expectations for ourselves and each other
Our values are:
Inclusive - We ensure that our work is inclusive of all voices.
Ambitious - We are ambitious for councils and their communities and are committed to striving for excellence in all that we do to support our colleagues, our membership and the sector to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Collaborative - We bring together the expertise and skills needed, working as one team.