Work with Kate O’Connell TD

Newly-elected TD Kate O’Connell, representing Dublin Bay South, is hiring two political staff for her team.
In the 32nd Dáil, Kate is looking to hire both a Parliamentary Assistant (PA), and a Secretarial Assistant (SA) to work with her in her role as a Fine Gael TD representing the constituency of Dublin Bay South.
The work of the PA and SA, based in the Deputy’s Constituency Office (location tbc), will be to support the TD in her role as a national legislator and as a representative at local level.
Both roles will cross a wide range of fields. Some of tasks for the two positions will include, but are not limited to:
– Being the primary support to the Deputy in all matters related to the position of TD, on all legislative, political, and administrative matters.
– Researching, preparing and presenting proposals for policy and legislative issues that complement the platform upon which the Deputy was elected.
– Organising Dáil speaking time, assisting legislative formation, and supplementary material for debates on a wide range of issues that arise in the Oireachtas, and the managing of parliamentary questions (PQs).
– Managing the Constituency Office in Dublin Bay South on a full-time basis in an effective manner, with occasional need to work from the parliamentary office in Leinster House, when so requested by the Deputy.
– Handling all correspondence in their various formats between constituents and the Deputy, ensuring all constituent cases are handled in the most effective and efficient manner.
– Maintaining an efficient online filing system, ensuring all data is collated in a useable and secure manner.
– Coordinating diary management with the Deputy, and acting on behalf of the Deputy at the relevant meetings and gatherings.
– Preparing material for press events, drafting press releases, and handling coordination with the Fine Gael Press Office.
– Managing and handling day-to-day media queries.
– Drafting speeches of various kinds for delivery at national and local conferences and events, including speeches to be delivered in the Dáil and Oireachtas Committees.
– Lead the development of political and informative literature for the Deputy in the constituency on both national and local issues.
– Work with the Fine Gael Councillor’s on Dublin City Council to coordinate policy actions and related activity.
– Organising and managing events in the constituency, such as public meetings and clinics.
– Conducting door-to-door canvassing across the constituency, including the management of canvasses with the political team, and arranging leaflet drops.
– Managing and training members of the legislative and political team during campaigning periods.
– Ensuring all social media accounts and the Deputy’s website are kept up-to-date.
– Other related duties as may be assigned by the Deputy as they arise.
Candidates must have the following:
– A political awareness and keen organisational sense.
– Ability to work to constant tight deadlines, and changing priorities.
– Awareness of both national and local issues.
– Knowledge and understanding of the political environment, legislative process, and the procedures of the Oireachtas.
– Excellent research skills and equally capable communicative skills.
– High proficiency in all Office programmes.
These are not your average jobs, but exciting, vibrant opportunities in an atmosphere that has the possibility to affect real change, both nationally and locally. The ideal candidates for the two positions should be able to work in an environment of a small number of dedicated people, committed to the cause of the Deputy. If you think you have what it takes, Kate O’Connell TD would love to hear from you.
To apply for either position as Parliamentary Assistant (PA) or Secretarial Assistant (SA), please send a CV, including referees to . Please specify which position is being applied for.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 10:30am.
After the deadline for receiving applications has passed, an assessment committee will be formed comprising of a number of members, following which a shortlist will be made, and interviews with those shortlisted candidates proceeding thereafter. Due to the volume of applications received, it is regrettable that only persons shortlisted are guaranteed to receive a response from the assessment committee.
The remuneration will be based on a scale determined by the Houses of the Oireachtas, is not at the discretion of the Deputy, or Fine Gael.
Successful candidates will be subjected to full Garda Vetting in accordance with An Garda Síochána, as per standard Houses of the Oireachtas procedure.
Notice posted: Friday 4th March 2016.

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