Newham is a vibrant inner-city borough just 25 minutes from the centre of London. 72% of the population are from BAME communities, contributing to over 114 languages being spoken in the area. Proud to be home to one of the youngest and most diverse communities across the country, Newham is a borough which makes living and working here a great experience.
The Council is led by directly elected Labour Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, supported by Newham’s Chief Executive, Althea Loderick. Rokhsana’s passion for politics comes from her desire to improve the lives of everyone in Newham. With decades of experience fighting for equalities and promoting stronger citizenship, inclusion and inter-faith relationships, Rokhsana was recognised with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009, for her impact on services to Black and Minority Communities in the UK. Her vision is for a strong, campaigning Labour Council with a Community Wealth Building agenda at its heart, to fight poverty and inequality across the borough.
Mayoral Political Assistant
PO1 £32,430 - £34,794 pa
Working under the directive of the Head of the Mayor’s Office and the Mayor’s Strategic Adviser, the Political Assistant supports the Mayor in delivering her political priorities. As listed in the Mayor’s manifesto some of the key deliverables include, a new social housing programme; a commitment to youth and youth safety; development of initiatives to involve residents in local decisions; and the community wealth building project, putting people at the heart of everything we do.
This is a fast paced, exciting, and varied role which can be extremely rewarding, providing great job satisfaction. Acting as the main point of contact between the Mayor and the Cabinet, Labour Group and Council Officers, the Political Assistant facilitates the conduct of business of the Administration, drafting speeches, briefings and other communications, whilst liaising with political figures such as local MPs, the London Mayor and Assembly Members.
In addition to working alongside a talented and ambitious new team in Newham, this role also benefits from 26 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and flexible working.
Working in an environment where no two days are the same, we are looking for someone who is ambitious, tenacious and committed to making a positive difference to Newham’s residents. With a comprehensive understanding of the current issues facing local authorities, you will have a background in politics, with up to date knowledge of local, regional and national policy debates.
Collaborating with many key political groups and elected representatives, it is important that you are able to communicate effectively amongst a wide range of audiences, building relationships to provide expert advice at a senior level.
In addition to meeting the criteria outlined in the attached Job Description, you will also be required to provide examples of your experience/ knowledge of the following areas within your application:
- Political parties and their operations, with Membership of the Labour Party
- Local government policies, strategy, legislative and financial framework
- Working at a similar level on comparable work within a local authority, campaigning or other public sector organisation.
This role will close at midnight on the 14th June 2020.
We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME people are currently under-represented within the council at this level.
We have already received a high volume of interest for this role and have started to review applications. As a result we may close the advert sooner than stated, should we be in a position to shortlist the desired number of applicants for interview.
This post is established under the Local Authorities (Elected Mayor and Mayor’s Assistant (England) Regulations 2002 and is politically restricted under the terms of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
Should you require any help or advice with your online application, please contact the Recruitment Help Desk on: 0203 373 0909.
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