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Opportunity to join team Purna4Pavilion

farewell_to_2014blog.jpgBrighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party is recruiting a Local Organiser to work with the constituency and parliamentary candidate up until the General Election.

The position for 0.6 FTE, with a salary of £22,547.61 per annum pro rata with an annual fixed sum allowance of £971, also pro rata. The Local Organiser will work 3 days per week and be employed until one week after the General Election (15 May 2015).

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in Labour’s General Election campaign and to support the Party's organisation in a key seat.

The successful applicant will be managed by Purna Sen, Labour’s parliamentary candidate, and have experience of organising campaigns and motivating and leading teams of volunteers.

S/he will work with the parliamentary candidate and local stakeholders to build campaign capacity and have a proactive approach to delivering effective campaigns.

This is an ideal position for someone wanting to gain valuable experience in campaigning in a Labour key seat and would suit someone wanting to pursue a career in the Labour Party.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, be IT literate, have experience of campaigning with the Labour Party and will be willing to work flexible hours.  All applicants must have a commitment to the values and aims of the Labour Party.

Specific Responsiblities:

To work with Purna as part of the Purna4Pavilion campaign team to: 

  • lead and organise General Election campaigning activity within the constituency 
  • organise the members in preparation for the general election campaign.
  • build local volunteers.
  • deliver and communicate campaign messages and  promote the policies of the Labour Party
  • provide training to members on election techniques, produce newsletters, voter i/d (doorstep and telephone), undertake community organising and engagement, organize voter registration and postal votes.
  • support and organise fundraising initiatives
  • organise campaign events and discussions
  • support, organize and ensure smooth running of Shadow Cabinet visits and events
  • build and support good relations and campaign activities with relevant partners
  • organise election data and analysis
  • produce and arrange distribution of campaign literature

The post holder may be required to participate in training or other events outside the constituency. 

The post holder will be expected to undertake other reasonable duties as requested by the manager.

Person Specification

Knowledge:

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the Party organization, constitution, policy
  • some understanding of the trade union movement
  • some knowledge of modern campaigning techniques
  • knowledge of election procedures (desirable) 

Skills:

Communications

  • ability to communicate concisely both verbally and in written form
  • ability to communicate with different groups and people including MPs, Councillors and volunteers
  • ability to use DTP package to produce materials
  • ability to draft newsletters  

Organisation:

  • ability to organise a training events, volunteers
  • ability to organise an election campaign
  • ability to prioritise work in a fast paced environment
  • willingness to work flexibly to ensure deadlines are met
  • good time management
  • ability to hit targets
  • contribute to the smooth running of a busy office

Interpersonal skills including:     

  • ability to work with and lead different groups of people
  • ability to motivate people

 Experience: 

  • Experience of door step campaigning
  • Experience of organising and running a campaign session (desirable)
  • Experience of working with volunteers (desirable)
  • Experience of leading a team (desirable)
  • Experience of writing copy for leaflets/websites etc (desirable)
  • Experience of using Labour Party technology such as Contact Creator (desirable).   
  • Experience of working on own initiative    

The Labour Party values equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. The successful applicant will be required to comply with all appropriate legislation relating to data protection and electoral law.

Please email a CV plus a covering letter (the covering letter should be no more than one side of A4) stating why you are applying for the position to purnasenbrightonlabour@gmail.com by no later than midday on Monday 19 January. Interviews will take place on Friday 23 January. Please put ‘local organiser’ in subject line of your email.

We hope to have the Local Organiser in post as soon as possible but no later than 2 February 2015.

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