Vacancy: Campaign Organiser for Scottish Liberal Democrats (East Dunbartonshire)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic individual to join the Scottish Liberal Democrats in the post of Campaign Organiser. Based within the party office of East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats, in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, this post will make a key contribution to the campaign to re-elect Jo Swinson as MP in 2015.  

The office location is right next to the West End of Glasgow, which would be an ideal location in which to base yourself if moving to take up the post.  There are excellent train and bus services within easy reach of the office from the West End of Glasgow and further afield. 

The successful applicant will have strong marketing and organisational skills, with a thorough knowledge and understanding of current UK politics and campaigning. The ability to produce effective campaign literature is a key part of the role.  Excellent communication, organisation, IT and networking skills are all essential, as is the ability to work innovatively and collaboratively, with personal initiative, tenacity and in a results focused manner.  

The post-holder will be expected to establish positive working relationships across a range of key individuals, groups and stakeholders.  The post-holder will have significant scope to influence the development of the campaign. 

This post operates on a full time basis, Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm.  The post will involve regular evening and weekend working, for which time off in lieu will be available. The post is offered initially on a contract basis until 30th June 2015, with a probationary period of 3 months, and the potential for contract extension post June 2015. 

1.         APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants are required to complete a CV and covering letter, and indicate the name of two referees, one of which should be your current or most recent employer. Please note that these referees may be contacted without permission unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise.

Your application should explain why you have the energy, skills, knowledge and understanding of political campaigning or other relevant experience to make a real difference in the post.

Applications should be sent to John Coggins on jr.coggins@btinternet.com with the reference ‘Application for Campaign Organiser: East Dunbartonshire’ in the subject line.

 All applications must be received by 12 noon, Mon 27th October 2014.

 Informal enquiries may be made in the first instance by telephone to Katy Gordon, Campaign Manager on 07799 060921 or by email to katy@katygordon.f2s.com 

Formal interviews for the post will take place in the afternoon of Fri 31st October 2014.  Please advise in your application if you cannot attend on this date.  

 2.         DUTIES OF THE POST 

Reports to:  Adam Stachura, Scottish Director of Campaigns, but day to day management will be by Jo Swinson MP, supported by the Campaign Manager and Local Party Chair

Job Purpose

To co-ordinate and oversee the development, implementation and day to day running of     campaigning activity across the constituency. To work closely with the MP, Campaign Team and local party to achieve the key objective of the campaign: the re-election of Jo Swinson in 2015. 

 Main Activities / Responsibilities

  • Work with the Scottish Director of Campaigns to develop and implement campaign plans for East Dunbartonshire 
  • Work with the Campaign Manager to ensure all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met or exceeded and that these are reported on a regular basis to the Campaign Team and Scottish Director of Campaigns, co-ordinating data handling to provide timely campaign management information 
  • Oversee, create and support the production of constituency literature, ensuring this conveys the agreed political messages as advised by Scottish Director of Campaigns and the MP 
  • Work with local party activists to ensure literature is distributed efficiently and delivered within agreed deadlines 
  • Work with colleagues and local party activists to maintain and update photo library to maximise effective use of visual imagery in campaign 
  • Support the Campaign Team to develop and maintain a regular programme of voter identification (face to face and by phone) and membership recruitment 
  • Identify, engage, support and lead volunteers to enable them to participate in voter identification, literature distribution, clerical work and other relevant activities 
  • Attend and actively contribute to Campaign Team meetings and take minutes of actions 
  • Plan, co-ordinate and run campaign events (eg action weekends) for volunteers from the local area and beyond as appropriate, with support from the local party 
  • Identify training requirements for members and work with the Scottish Director of Campaigns to ensure this is provided 
  • Contribute as appropriate to national party campaigning activity which supports the achievement of the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ objectives, as determined by the Scottish Director of Campaigns in consultation with the MP and Campaign Manager 
  • Engage in continuous personal development to maintain and improve knowledge and skills as required within a challenging and ever changing environment, including accessing appropriate training provided by the state and federal parties under guidance from the Scottish Director of Campaigns in consultation with the MP and Campaign Manager 
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to the post, as directed by the Scottish Director of Campaigns in consultation with the MP and Campaign Manager. This list of duties is therefore not exhaustive.

 3.         PERSON SPECIFICATION 

       The following criteria are considered essential: 

  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, members, external organisations
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Relevant work experience in either campaigning / marketing / volunteer management or politics
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage competing work priorities and remain cool under pressure
  • Ability to work independently as required, with minimal supervision, and work effectively within a small team
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals
  • Ability to proactively engage with volunteers in a confident manner, to persuade them to participate in campaigning activities
  • Strong coordination, planning and organisation skills, along with the ability to solve problems creatively
  • Strong ICT skills, including familiarity with resources such as Microsoft Office packages, web design, databases and data collection systems, DTP and social media
  • Familiarity with current issues within UK politics and sympathetic to the values and principles of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • Ability to attend meetings or events in the evenings or weekends

       The following criteria are considered desirable: 

  • Work experience within a political or campaigning environment
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers
  • Experience of software packages PagePlus, Connect, Mailchimp
  • Clean driving licence

 

4.         Constituency of East Dunbartonshire 

The constituency lies immediately north of Glasgow.  It has a voting age population of about 65,000, centred on the Glasgow travel to work areas of Bearsden, Milngavie, Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs.  It is a suburban constituency, with a mix of towns, villages, farmland and extensions to the outer Glasgow suburbs.  It has a significantly higher than average population over retirement age and is relatively affluent with small pockets of deprivation.  Unemployment is approx. 3%.

The sitting MP is Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, currently the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer Affairs, Women and Equalities.  She won the seat in 2005 and has held it as a marginal seat since then.  There is an active local party, with significant campaigning experience and Jo is well known and liked by voters locally, even amongst those who are not natural supporters.

5.         SALARY, CONDITIONS OF SERVICE AND BENEFITS 

  • The salary is £18,000 - £24,000, dependent on experience, plus 8% pension contribution
  • The location is the East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats’ party office in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire
  • Annual leave is 25 days per year plus 8 public holidays
  • The period of notice will be 1 month and there will be an initial 3 month probationary period

 We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community



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