Senior Researcher – Liberal Democrat Group, Part time 2-3 days/wk

London (Greater)
£41,096 per annum, pro rata
13 Sep 2021
26 Sep 2021
Contract Type

We are looking for someone between two and three days per week. We are keen to support flexible working so will positively consider requests for spreading hours in flexible ways, such as annualised hours.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Liberal Democrat Group of the London Assembly as a Senior Researcher, with a particular responsibility for co-ordinating communications of the research and scrutiny done by the Assembly Members.

The London Assembly scrutinises the work of the Mayor across the policy areas of transport, housing, environment, policing, health, the economy, planning and regeneration, fire and emergency planning, and the Mayor’s multi-billion pound budget, and applications are invited from candidates with experience in one or more of these areas.

Your role will be critical in setting and co-ordinating the communications strategy for the team. This will involve working closely with the team’s Senior Press and Coordination Officer and the two Research and Support Officers who assist with social media and Assembly Member diaries and committees. You will need to liaise with external stakeholders to ensure that the Assembly Members are hearing from organisations across London and communicating their work back to them.

You will also undertake high-quality and specialist research, proactively generating policy briefings and issues papers to be communicated internally and externally, and giving particular support for the Budget and Performance Committee.

You will be joining the team at a pivotal time when the London Assembly will be preparing to relocate to The Crystal, whilst implementing its ambitious work programme in the first year of this Mayoral and Assembly term.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. This post is a part time post and there is flexibility on the days worked, to be considered for this position you must be able to work between 15 – 22.2 hours a week.

Reporting to: Principal Committee Manager

  1. To set and co-ordinate the team’s communications strategy. To develop and implement comprehensive, proactive and effective communications strategies for assigned Assembly Members, working in close coordination with other members of the Team; and to effectively monitor relevant media activity, and to provide effective and timely advice to relevant Assembly Members, including introducing new communications methods, early warning of potential issues, items of local media interest and support in relation to online and social media.
  2. To provide high quality research, policy, communications, advice and support to the Assembly Member(s) across the range of their GLA functions, including the Budget and Performance Committee, and to their Research and Support Officers, co-ordinating with a wide range of internal and external people and organisations and producing policy or constituency issue reports to publication standard.
  3. To act as the key point of contact for GLA officers in respect of London Assembly scrutiny activity related to the Group Members’ roles and interests, ensuring an effective and efficient two-way transmission of views and suggestions, in order to maximise the Members’ positions and impact in the work of the Assembly; and to contribute effectively and proactively to the Members’ functions in respect of Mayor’s Question Time, Functional Body Question Time and other Assembly meetings.
  4. To act and manage resources allocated to the job in accordance with the Authority’s policies and Code of Ethics and Standards; to realise the benefits of London’s diversity by promoting and enabling equality of opportunities and promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of London’s communities; to realise the benefits of a flexible approach to work in undertaking the duties and responsibilities of this job, participating in multi-discipline cross departmental and organisational groups and task teams.

This role will initially be based at City Hall. The Mayor has announced that City Hall will be relocating from More London (London Bridge) to the Crystal Building in the Royal Docks. This role will be based at The Crystal Building (from January 2022).

London's diversity is its biggest asset and we strive to ensure our workforce reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

In addition to a good salary package, we offer an attractive range of benefits including 30 days’ annual leave, interest free season ticket loan, interest free bicycle loan and a career average pension scheme.

Application closing date:  Sunday 26 September 2021 at 23:59 GMT

Interviews will take place in person: Week Commencing 11 October