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With a new Parliament underway and the Brexit saga set to continue, 2020 is likely to be yet another extraordinary year in British politics. But as the political soap opera continues to unfold in Westminster, life for disabled people in the UK is still much harder than it should be.
Scope is looking for a bright and confident individual who knows their way around British politics to join its busy team as a Political Advisor. We need someone who understands how to influence government and political stakeholders. The right candidate will play a key role securing policy changes that will make a genuine difference to the UK’s 14 million disabled people.
The Political Advisor position would be suitable for someone with parliamentary and/or public affairs agency experience, who is excited by the opportunity to use their political expertise to make society fairer for disabled people
About the role
As a Political Advisor, you will:
- Deliver Scope’s political strategy and political engagement programme.
- Identify and pursue influencing opportunities in Parliament, including debates, legislation and select committee inquiries.
- Monitor developments in Westminster, disseminating relevant information to colleagues.
- Draft correspondence, briefings and communications to be sent to key political stakeholders.
- Draft written briefings for the CEO and other senior colleagues.
- Build, maintain and develop Scope’s relationships with MPs, peers, researchers, diary secretaries, select committee clerks and other relevant external stakeholders.
- Organise Scope’s party conference programme and Westminster events.
- Coordinate visits and meetings with key political influencers, including ministers and local MPs.
Full job description
The right candidate will be:
- Motivated by Scope’s mission to create a fairer society for disabled people.
- A strong written and verbal communicator, who is personally persuasive, adept at explaining complex policy issues to political audiences and able to write clearly and concisely.
- Passionate about politics and familiar with the personalities of Westminster, with a solid grounding in parliamentary procedure.
- A good organiser with an eye for detail and the confidence to engage with political figures in meetings and at local visits.
- Personable with a good sense of humour and a positive attitude to work.
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Scope’s mission and we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace with equality of opportunity for everyone.
We welcome applications from disabled people and guarantee interviews to disabled applicants who meet the minimum job criteria. Please let us know in your application if you would like to be considered for this.