Plymouth gets a poor deal from Government and Luke’s job as Plymouth Sutton and Devonport’s MP is to stand up for our city and region to get a fairer share. To do that he has to rely on his superb team for support. Unlike some other MPs, Luke believes that MPs should recruit their staff openly and not employ family members.
Communications Officer (Digital)
Date Added: 1st June 2021
Closing Date: 10am, 26th June 2021
Salary: £21,529 pro rata
Length of Contract: one year fixed-term contract, working 15 hours per week.
Luke Pollard MP is looking for an enthusiastic, creative and self-motivated individual to join his busy Plymouth office to support his digital, communications and campaigns work.
This is an exciting new role in Luke’s team to deliver high quality content to elevate the impact of the work that he is doing in the constituency through digital channels by producing timely, engaging, and professional content for a variety of channels and audiences. In plain English, Luke is looking for someone to make digital content that helps him communicate his work and campaigns in new and creative ways.
Working across Plymouth and Westminster matters, this role would suit someone seeking to build experience in digital, campaigns and communications. Luke encourages applications from a diverse range of backgrounds. He cares more about your skills and ideas than whether or where you went to University.
Plymouth is home to many exciting and innovative creative companies and organisations and this new role would seek to develop content on a par with the best our city has to offer. Luke is a proud Janner and is relentlessly pro-Plymouth – if you have a passion for our city, its people and improving lives then this could be the role for you.
Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017 and re-elected in December 2019. Since then he has spoken about Plymouth over 250 times in Parliament and launched multiple campaigns around issues that affect people in Plymouth from transport to education, tower block cladding to the environment. As well as being an active local MP, Luke is the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The successful applicant will need to be available for a full day on a Friday to accompany Luke on his visits in the constituency, to record content. There is some flexibility with the other two half days.
Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Establishing, monitoring and updating a social media and online presence in the constituency.
- Producing digital graphics and video content, as well as publicising surgeries and news alerts.
- Monitoring local media coverage, preparing press releases as required (on constituency, non-party-political matters).
- Publicising Luke’s parliamentary duties on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Twitter.
- Analysing social media performance and suggesting new ideas to increase engagement.
- Accompanying Luke on visits in Plymouth and gathering content.
- Working with the Plymouth and Westminster teams on content, campaigns and issues.
The successful applicant would have:
- Experience of managing social media and website content to maximise reach and following.
- Experience of video editing and some graphic design
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Strong organisational skills, ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West
- Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team, demonstrating a positive and flexible attitude.
- Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Labour Party
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.
Closing Date: 10am, 26th June 2021
Start date will be 6th September 2021
Candidates will need to be available for the first round of interviews on Monday 27th July 2021 and the second round on Friday 30th July 2021
Accepted applications should include:
- Covering letter (max 1 side) explaining how you could fulfil this role and why you would like to work for Luke Pollard MP with brief details of your most recent experience.
- An up to date CV (max 2 sides).
- Applicants can submit examples of content or campaigns to support their application if applicable
- Contact details of two referees and confirmation of any notice period you would need to give if in current employment.
Please apply by email with the subject line ” Communications Officer Application – YOUR NAME” to firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am looking for exceptional people who are keen to learn more about politics and how Plymouth can get a fairer deal. That could be you!" Luke Pollard MP
Testimonies for #TeamLuke Alumni
Matthew Smith interned in Luke’s office in February- April 2018. He said:
“I’m from Plymouth, I went to Devonport High School for Boys and I worked in Luke’s Westminster office in February and March 2018. My time in Westminster was absolutely invaluable to me and gave a great insight into a weird and wonderful world that can often feel distant from ‘normal’ people’s everyday lives. The team are fantastic, both in Westminster and Plymouth, and I was made to feel like an important member of the team – not just an intern – right from the start.
No two days are the same, and you can go from drafting letters, to running through Parliament to get to the BBC for an interview in a matter of moments! My time with Luke and his team has set me up perfectly to start my politics degree later this year, but most importantly it was great fun, and an experience that I will never forget.”
Freddie Cook interned for Luke in May 2018. She said:
“I applied to work in Luke’s office as I wanted my first experience in Parliament to be with an MP who was bringing something new to the table, and I wasn’t disappointed!
I applied for the job through w4mp and spent 8 amazing weeks learning and was constantly challenged. Particular highlights include working on research for the Shadow DEFRA team and working on Luke’s many local campaigns in Plymouth. I absolutely loved the amount of responsibility I had and saw my confidence grow from day one. There was always so much going on that I could involved with, whether it be attending events with Luke or drafting his monthly newsletter, and I really enjoyed the broad scope of the role.
My time in Luke’s office was invaluable and has helped me to stay in Parliament – straight after the internship I started working for another MP as a Parliamentary Researcher and I really do have my time in Luke’s office to thank for that.”