Politician's Assistant

Politician's Assistant Job Description

Politicians' Assistants Provide Administrative Support To Elected Politicians. They Also Help With Secretarial Tasks, Research And Publicity.

Politicians' Assistants May Be Referred To As (depending On Where They Are Based), Personal Assistants (PAs), Research Assistants, Case Workers Or Executive Secretaries.

Although Job Titles And Locations Vary, The Basic Task Is To Do Whatever Behind-the-scenes Work Is Necessary To Enable Politicians To Represent Their Constituents. Politicians Generally Have Between One And Three Assistants.

Politician's Assistant Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • undertaking all administrative duties, filing, ordering stationery, responding to correspondence and updating databases;
  • carrying out research into local, regional, national and international issues as required, and ensuring the politician is made aware of any relevant matters;
  • arranging surgeries for constituents and offering support on the day;
  • writing press releases, newsletters and mailshots to promote the politician's work;
  • updating the politician's website;
  • attending public and private functions to assist the politician and sometimes standing in when the politician is unable to attend;
  • liaising with members of government and local government, party head quarters, other politicians and their staff, embassies, commissioners, relevant interest groups, the media, relevant voluntary sector organisations and constituents;
  • responding to enquiries from constituents (known as progressing casework), other politicians, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups;
  • secretarial duties, such as managing the politician's diary, making travel arrangements and taking minutes at meetings;
  • monitoring and arranging media coverage;
  • providing the politician with the support needed to get an issue on the political agenda, e.g. research or liaising with key individuals or groups;
  • possibly managing other paid staff within the politician's constituency, including interns, volunteers and work placements.
  • assisting with campaigns before and during elections;
  • keeping up to date with current affairs;
  • helping write speeches by researching information and making suggestions on content;
  • helping draft amendments for reports and preparing briefing material;

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