Parliamentary Assistant

Closing date: 
7 Apr 2017
Claire Sugden MLA - Parliamentary Assistant

Parliamentary Assistant

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide briefings on subjects under discussion in the Assembly
  • Undertake research and develop expertise in policy areas of interest to the Member
  • Analyse and evaluate research and interpret data, ensuring key issues are identified
  • Develop and maintain relationships with statutory agencies, voluntary sector and other politicians
  • Formulate Assembly questions to Executive Ministers
  • Handle complex constituency cases from enquiry to resolution
  • Undertake all forms of communications – handling press enquiries; speech writing; developing and maintaining social media presence
  • Creating and delivering an outreach programme across the constituency
  • Create and maintain files and records
  • Line management of 2 staff

Essential Criteria

  • A good standard of formal education
  • An interest in current affairs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good organisational and research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a range of audiences
  • Confidence to deal with senior politicians, the media, constituents etc.
  • A highly professional manner, a proactive approach and the ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Integrity and an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, tact and diplomacy
  • Good IT Skills, including social media, Facebook and Twitter
  • At least 3 years experience of staff line management
  • A full clean driving licence


 Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience of research and analysis
  • Experience of working with service users, ideally in a case work environment
  • Good knowledge of East Londonderry constituency
  • Knowledge of the local charitable, voluntary and community sectors
  • Knowledge of local and devolved Government in Northern Ireland

Job Information

  • 30 hours per week
  • Located in Constituency office - 1 Upper Abbey Street, Coleraine, with attendance at Parliament Buildings, Stormont as needed
  • Salary £22,750- £27,500 pro rata based on experience


Application Information

  • Please apply by sending in a recent CV with covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria.
  • Please include 2 referees, one of whom is your current or last employer
  • Closing date is 5pm on Friday 7th April.  Apply either by email to [email protected]   or in hard copy to Claire Sugden MLA, 1 Upper Abbey Street, Coleraine, BT52 1BF.
  • Interviews will take place on Friday 21st April 2017


Closing date:
7 Apr 2017 5.00pm
Job Information
30 hours per week
£22,750 - £27,500
Contact Information
Claire Sugden
BT52 1BF