Fancy working for the Liberal Democrats?

I thought it might make sense to do an occasional round up of jobs available around the country with the party, as advertised on the Work for an MP website.

If you are wanting to apply to work for either Michael Moore MP or John Leech MP, you need to get your skates on, as applications close later today.

New jobs up for grabs this week include a Policy Officer post with the Welsh Liberal Democrats. I spent a weekend in Cardiff last year and fell in love with the place, so if you fancy working near the beautiful Cardiff Bay, just a few hundred yards from the Doctor Who Experience exhibition and near the BBC Cymru studios at Roath Lock, this is for you.Here’s a summary of the position:

To work with the National Policy Committee, external organisations and elected politicians to lead the policy development programme of the Welsh Liberal Democrats providing high quality policy development on a wide range of topics to maximize the impact the of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

There’s also a very temporary job in LDHQ for a graphic designer. That sounds to me like you get to work in proximity to the Divine Ms Duffett and the fabulous AD LIB and press teams. This is an opportunity you really don’t want to miss. It’s only until 28th June, so could provide some valuable current experience. Closing date is Monday 13th May, so you need to hurry. Details are: 

The Liberal Democrats are looking for a temporary graphic designer to provide creative, high impact graphic design, bringing a fresh style and vibrancy across the full range of Liberal Democrat communication channels. Particularly focused on national campaign artwork and internal/corporate communications materials.

Also closing next week is a vacancy for a Team Manager (Phone Operations) at LDHQ. This requires:

Leading a team of up to a dozen staff and managing external supplier relationships, this varied role will suit an experienced candidate looking to make a name for themselves in a challenging but uniquely rewarding environment.

You will have experience of delivering in a commercial environment, be a confident project manager and know how to get the best from other people.

Sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Liberal Democrats is essential.

And, last but not least, there’s the Party’s new paid internship scheme. I know many former interns who have found the experience really valuable and who went on to work for the party on  a longer term basis so this is well worth doing if you can. Details are:

Our internships are particularly aimed at those who have completed full-time education and are starting their career or looking to change career direction.

There will be two types of internship offered:

• Campaigns and Elections: For those who want to get involved with active campaigning. The internship will involve supporting our seat development programme, working with activists on the ground and supporting candidate selection. The placement may incorporate hands-on experience in the field as well as work at LDHQ.

• Political Communications: These will involve work experience in strategic research, polling, press, policy and campaign messaging.

All this and a number of MPs such as Don Foster, Nick Clegg, Sir Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb are also looking for staff. Find full details on W4MP here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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7 Comments

  • Jonathan Brown 10th May '13 - 5:55pm

    Great to see this – thanks!

  • This is really helpful although I’d hope there were more opportunities than those on w4mp. I always got the feeling that in order to work in political roles, you needed to know someone who needed to know someone etc.. It just didn’t feel genuinely open or meritocratic but I’m sure on this, I’m wrong

  • sfk, not exactly WRONG. In my experience LDs are scrupulously fair at considering all applications from all applicants, but not so good at advertising that there are positions available, thus the only people who tend to know that there’s a job going are people the MP/whoever knows. This will really help with that imho.

  • Excellent idea Caron.

  • @Janet: I suspect that the Lib Dem HQ would love to pay its interns more, but it is hardly the richest organisation in the world. As for attracting London graduates; well, in my experience, if you had the money to study in London, then you ether studied part-time or you were quite well financed, but again, that whole point seems moot anyway.

    @Jennie: I am not sure I agree; in my experience, the Lib Dems have been quite good at advertising their positions in both local and national newspapers as well as on W4MP; plus anyone who does not know of W4MP, but says they wish to work in politics, probably is not wanting it hard enough. Then again maybe my problem is that I wanted to work in politics, so I naturally look at from that angle.

  • “I suspect that the Lib Dem HQ would love to pay its interns more, but it is hardly the richest organisation in the world.”

    And of course many organisations could say exactly the same thing. But surely the point of the minimum wage is that it simply is not fair to expect people to work for less. Anyway, it’s the height of hypocrisy for a political party to say that the minimum wage should apply to others, while making an exception of itself.

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