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Political Assistant to the Nottingham Independents Group

Organisation:Nottingham City Council 

Working Hours: Part Time , Hours per week - 14.8 

Salary:£30,095 - Pro-Rata 

NPPV Required:No 

Appointment Type:Fixed Term 

Location:Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG8 1JU 

Reference:SR1033 

Closing date:21 August 2022 at midnight 

This is a Politically Restricted vacancy



This position is Politically Restricted. Refer to Applicant Guidance notes for further information.
 
Fixed term until May 2023

 
The starting salary is £30,095 (Level One) rising to £31,895 (Level Two) on the first year anniversary, subject to satisfactory completion of a probation period (pro rata for part time workers).
 
We’ve got an exciting opportunity available for talented individuals to join our workforce - perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out more…
 
Nottingham City Council is known for inclusivity and innovation, and we are continually working around the clock to deliver services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.
 
Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.
 
We will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free!
 
Nottingham City Council is committed to recruiting a talented workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are a fair and inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with different abilities. We recruit for diversity and value difference.
 
We particularly want to hear from you if you are from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and if you are Disabled - these groups of people are underrepresented in our workforce, and we’d like to reflect our local population more through our recruitment processes.
 
We have always been open to flexible working and the COVID-19 pandemic provided us with some new options to work in a completely different way. We welcome a conversation about flexible working at the point of interview.
 
This is an opportunity to provide first class research, analysis and communications support to Councillors in the Nottingham Independents Group.
 
In this interesting and varied role you will provide a high quality political intelligence service to the Nottingham Independents Group (currently 3 councillors) who form the opposition on the City Council. The core duties are:
 
  • to carry out research,
  • provide advice and analysis,
  • prepare reports,
  • ensure effective internal and external communications on behalf of the Group, and
  • be the key link between the councillors and their constituents, council officers, partner organisations, the Nottingham Independents Party and MPs.
 
You will also attend and minute Group meetings and oversee Councillors’ casework on behalf of the Group.
 
You will be committed to the values and policies of the Nottingham Independents Party, will not be a member of any other political party and will be familiar with the role of a modern councillor. You will have experience of politics and/or local government, along with a good eye for news stories and an understanding of the media. You will be IT literate and have the patience and determination to fulfil the role. There will be a requirement for attendance at evening meetings and occasional weekend work.
 
This post is fixed term until the local government elections in May 2023 and may be extended beyond that date dependent on the outcome of those elections.
 
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:
 

  • A detailed understanding of and commitment to the priorities agenda, policies and values of the political group appointed to and knowledge of the local political structure and operation.

  • Experience of undertaking research to support political agendas and contribute effectively to the development of Group policy and an understanding of the role of the modern Councillor and their support needs.

  • Awareness of the sensitivities of working with elected members and the ability to work with tact and diplomacy in a confidential environment and ability to maintain strict confidentiality on all matters arising from the Political Group.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and manage multiple priorities sensitively and diplomatically.

  • Well developed communication skills across a range of media including the ability to prepare and present reports on complex issues and to a range of audiences.

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and ability to work with other IT packages.

 
For more information, please view the Job Description and Person Specification which are attached further down on this page.
 
For informal enquiries please contact Tom Kelly, Tel: 0115 876 2481, Email: tom.kelly@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
 
Interviews will be held during the week commencing 5 September 2022. 
 
Useful information for Applicants
 
Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions information, which includes advice on pay, annual leave and hours of working, and our Total Rewards Package, which includes information on some of the great benefits when working for Nottingham City Council.
This post is covered by the statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) (English Language Requirement for public sector workers) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English, as detailed in the job description and person specification, is an essential requirement for the role.
 
Nottingham City Council are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we are striving to have a reflective workforce of the citizens we serve. As a result of our commitment, we anonymise all applications to remove the risk of unconscious bias. The application process will capture your personal details (including your name) and these details will only be made visible to recruiting managers once the shortlisting stage has been completed.
 
If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact https://emss.freshdesk.com/support/home
We’ve got an exciting opportunity available for talented individuals to join our workforce - perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out more…
Nottingham City Council is known for inclusivity and innovation, and we are continually working around the clock to deliver services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.
Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.
We will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free!
Nottingham City Council is committed to recruiting a talented workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are a fair and inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with different abilities. We recruit for diversity and value difference.
We particularly want to hear from you if you are from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and if you are Disabled - these groups of people are underrepresented in our workforce, and we’d like to reflect our local population more through our recruitment processes.
We have always been open to flexible working and the COVID-19 pandemic provided us with some new options to work in a completely different way. We welcome a conversation about flexible working at the point of interview.


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