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Nick Harvey to stand down as Lib Dem Chief Executive

Nick Harvey, who has been the party’s Chief Executive for two years, is stepping down later this year.

He told Mark Pack:

After the heat and dust of an election has settled, we will be at a natural change point. It will be the right moment for me to pursue new paths, and with a new Leader, a new President from January and a new Parliament, time for a new Chief Executive to complete the team to take the party forward for the next five or ten years.

I have given notice so the party can plan ahead, but am here and very much up for excitement, challenge and opportunity of the election.

Nick was our MP for North Devon until 2015 and our own Kirsten Johnson hopes to win that back at the election whenever it comes.

The job ad is up – and has a very short turnaround time. Applications are wanted by a week today with interviews happening the week of Conference.

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And the new Head of Campaigns for Scotland is…..

…..the amazing Paul Moat, who has been Campaigns Officer under former Head of Campaigns Adam Stachura for the past 4 years.

Paul joined us from the North East in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014 and has never been allowed to leave because he’s such a good campaigner.

Congratulations to him on his promotion.

This means, of course, that there is a vacancy for Scottish Campaigns Officer which is open until 9th March.

You can read the full job description here but if you think you could do any of this sort of stuff, do apply:

We are looking for a strong campaigner who can deliver campaign and election success for the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. The heart of this role is working closely with local staff and volunteers to support the development of local campaigning in our key target areas. You’ll be a confident person, with strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships. You’ll be a person at ease with the latest online and offline campaign techniques.

Ideally you will have been part of successful election campaigns and will have an strong understanding of what it takes to win.

You will be well organised and able to work without supervision in a challenging environment. A good temperament that allows you to deal with the unexpected is a must. You should be able to drive and have access to a car whenever required.

This role will suit someone who enjoys variety in their work and working with teams with differing needs and levels of development.

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Lib Dem Job Watch: Could you work in the party’s press or digital teams?

If you fancy a job with the party’s media and digital teams, you’ll have to act quickly as the deadlines are very soon.

There are three jobs in the party’s press team that close at 12 noon tomorrow.

The party is looking for a Head of Media, to lead the team with the aim:

to promote the Liberal Democrats and the Party leader Vince Cable in regional and national media.

You and your team will be expected to secure daily coverage in a diverse range of national and regional print, broadcast and online news media, and you will collaborate with the Head of Digital Communications, to support the creation of content for the party’s digital channels.

There’s also a vacancy for a Senior Media Officer:

This role will take a particular lead on maintaining and developing a strong regional media presence, alongside generating proactive stories and features for press and online media.

Close cooperation with the rest of the media team will be essential in supporting the teams’ work, as well as day to day collaboration with the Digital Communications team.

And for a Press and Digital Officer

The role will involve working with the rest of the small, but effective, media team to generate proactive news story ideas, respond to emerging events and create digital content for use by the Press Office, and Digital Communications team.

These vacancies have arisen because of the departures of Phil Reilly as Director of Communications the promotion of Sam Barratt to fill his role, and the departures of Paul Haydon and Jasper Gerard who are off to pastures new. We wish all of them all the best in their new roles.

It’s good to see the close collaboration between press and digital. The ability to get our message out across mainstream and social media platforms quickly is vital.

With that in mind, the party is seeking a new Head of Digital Communications:

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Lib Dem Jobwatch: ALDC Fundraising & Sponsorship Officer

The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners is this party’s foremost authority on local campaigning. They know how to win council seats and run councils like nobody else. A chance to work for them is a real opportunity.

ALDC, the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners, is looking for an enthusiastic new team member in this newly created role of Fundraising and Sponsorship Officer.

You will have the experience and enthusiasm to help us grow our income from various sources, with the biggest potential in major donor and membership fundraising. You

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Lib Dem Job Watch

Looking for a job? Fancy working for the Liberal Democrats?  There are plenty opportunities at the moment, but you will need to act quickly, as some of them close tomorrow.

Over at W4MP, there are opportunities available from Edinburgh to York to London

Christine Jardine MP is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to work in Edinburgh with some travel to London.

This is an exciting opportunity based in the constituency and will require some travel to London. The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys the challenges and flexibility of working in a small team, be organised and have a strong desire to help constituents.

In York, there are two jobs going with our ruling Council group.

Firstly, they want a political assistant to the Lib Dem Group:

The post holder will work closely with the Group Leader who is the Deputy Leader of the Council and members of the Group, including those who are Executive Members. The postholder will be expected to:

  • identify current and forthcoming local, regional and national issues of political relevance;
  • prepare press releases and liaise with the media;
  • understand the role of social media in an age of modern communication;
  • undertake specific research;
  • provide written and oral briefings on emerging issues;

This is a politically restricted post governed by the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and Local Government Restrictions Regulations 1990.

An Executive Assistant to the Deputy Leader of the Council is also sought:

Due to the specialist nature of this role you will have a working knowledge and understanding of the Council’s responsibilities and of the role of the Deputy Leader and his Group within the Council. You will be a team player who is highly organised, works well under pressure and have at least two years’ relevant local government experience or of working in a similar role.

You will need to be confident, adaptable and flexible in your attitude and be able to work on your own initiative. You will have proven written and oral communication skills, and an excellent knowledge of IT packages. You will be a highly motivated individual capable of prioritising workloads and able to work to high standards.

If you think you could shape the future of the Liberal Democrats, you have just 24 hours left to apply for the two major jobs in Vince Cable’s team – chief of staff and Press Secretary. I suspect the two who recently lost these jobs in the White House need not bother applying.

Tim moved the Leader’s Office over to Lib Dem HQ but Vince is taking it back into Parliament. The challenge for these post holders will be to stay engaged with the party. You don’t need to be in LDHQ to keep abreast of the party – it’s more about attitude than physical location – but there has to be an acceptance that the party is important.

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Lib Dem Jobwatch Special: The ALDC edition

ALDC Master Logo (for screen)The Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Campaigners is recruiting. Here are the jobs they are currently advertising:

Campaigns Officer (Full Time, Manchester)

Local Government Scale SO1-SO2 (Currently £25,440 – £29,558)

Work with the leading campaigning organisation within the Liberal Democrats as one of our two national Campaigns Officers.

We are looking for someone who can bring their own campaigning experience and ideas –not necessarily gained within the Liberal Democrats – to help us enable Liberal Democrats to campaign effectively in our communities and win elections. Experience and ability around online campaigning will be an advantage.

Deadline for applications NOON 28 September 2016

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Lib Dem Jobwatch – ALDC internships and OXWAB organiser

Two interesting opportunities working for the party are currently available.

The first is an internship in campaigning and communications for the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and Camapigners. Details are as follows:

This is a full-time role, paid at the UK National Minimum/Living Wage (currently £7.20 per hour for 25 year olds and over, and the applicable rate for under 25s) based at our offices in Manchester city centre.

ALDC is the national organisation for Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the work of the organisation as we continue to build on the gains in this year’s local elections and by-elections.

The post is based at ALDC’s Manchester HQ, helping with our national campaigns output, our communications and social media, and also helping campaign ‘on the ground’ with two of our partner local parties in Greater Manchester (Oldham and Bury).

Successful candidates must have sympathy with the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Wednesday 27th July 2016.
Interviews will take place in our offices on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 (travel expenses to attend the interview will be paid

Ellie Hudspith worked as an intern for ALDC in 2014-15. She went on to work for CAMRA and said:

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Lib Dem Jobwatch: Fundraising, campaigning jobs and internships available

There are some very interesting jobs and opportunities with the Liberal Democrats which close this week.

You’ll need to be quick off the mark to apply for a 12 week internship at the party’s Scottish HQ at Clifton Terrace in Edinburgh as it closes on Tuesday. It’s under the Access to Elected Office scheme through Inclusion Scotland:

 

The role will involve carrying out a research project in concert with Inclusion Scotland and the Scottish Liberal Democrats on the barriers to involvement by disabled people in party activities and the seeking of elected office, while carrying out work within the Party HQ to support their work.

Candidates for the roles must define as disabled people (under the Equality Act 2010, including those with sensory impairments), and candidates with either existing personal involvement with the Scottish Liberal Democrats and/or who have a strong interest in future active involvement will have an advantage. This is because part of the project is concerned with the development of the interns themselves towards greater political engagement, and some existing knowledge and contacts within the Scottish Liberal Democrats and/or aspirations to become more involved in the party would be a considerable advantage in carrying out the project work.

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Lib Dem Jobwatch special: Fancy trying to keep Tim Farron under control?

Every  leader does need someone they trust who can look into their eyes and tell them not to be an idiot. Or encourage them to do something that they are nervous about. Or boost their confidence when it wanes. Ben Rich has been doing that job for Tim Farron since he became leader in July, but it was only ever going to be a temporary role.

Tim is now advertising for a permanent  chief of staff. The official advert says:

The Chief of Staff will be able to provide high quality, insightful, senior counsel and strategic advice to the leader and work hand-in-hand with him to develop his vision and priorities.

A fuller job description gives the qualities considered essential for applicants:

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Lib Dem Jobwatch Special: Fancy working in Tim Farron’s constituency office?

The W4MP website has news of not one but 3 opportunities to join Tim Farron’s constituency team in a spectacularly beautiful part of the country.

Here are details of the posts:

CASEWORKER FT: To assist with the provision of a confidential casework service to the MP in response to advice surgeries and constituents correspondence, telephone calls and emails.

CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT FT: To assist the Communications Officer and Casework team and the MP to encouraging active engagement with the people he represents. Engagement will be through media work and communications with constituents that are electronic, written, verbal and activity based

CASEWORK / CAMPAIGNS ASSISTANT FT: See above for casework part of the role. Campaigns Assistant: To assist with the MP’s work throughout the constituency and to assist with the provision of practical campaigns support to the MP and local party including literature production and delivery and media work.

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