Work for us: Welwyn Hatfield & Hertfordshire Campaigns Co-ordinator

May 29, 2018 9:59 PM

Liberal DemocratsWelwyn Hatfield & Hertfordshire Campaigns Co-ordinator

The Campaign Co-ordinator will play a pivotal role in delivering the campaign strategy and plan in Welwyn Hatfield and across a number of development areas in Hertfordshire.

Job Title: Campaigns Co-ordinator

Responsible to: Chair of Herts County Co-ordinating Committee and Chair of Welwyn Hatfield

Salary: £20,000 full time equivalent (pro rata 4 days per week £16,000)

Location: Homebased, with frequent travel across Hertfordshire

Tenure: Fixed term contract until June 2019, with likely extension

Hours: 32 hours per week

Background and purpose of job:

Welwyn Hatfield Lib Dems are on a clear upward trajectory. Over the last few years our membership and activist base has tripled, our vote share has increased and in 2017 we held both our defending seats and won an additional seat in the county elections. In this year's local elections, we held three seats and gained a further three - returning the biggest Lib Dem group ever on Welwyn Hatfield borough council. This May we launched our campaign Target 2022 to turn Welwyn Hatfield in to a target parliamentary seat.

Across Hertfordshire, the Lib Dems are just as successful. We are the official opposition on the County Council, we control Three Rivers Council and Watford Council as well as hold the Mayoral seat. St Albans is a target parliamentary seat, and in this year's local elections we gained seats in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire - their most successful elections in years.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate and driven to help Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire build upon our existing election success and win even more seats in the Borough elections in 2019.

We need someone who can coordinate candidates, help deliver the campaign mechanics and motivate volunteers. The role will focus on supporting the design and production of campaign literature and delivery, as well as the co-ordination of action days and training.

This post would ideally suit a candidate seeking a career in politics or campaigning who is looking to develop their campaigning and organisational skills. Additional training (including support from LD HQ) can be provided if required. You would be required to join the Liberal Democrats in order to come under the Party's GDPR Data Controller, and you must not be a member of another political party.

Key Responsibilities:

Provide support to Welwyn Hatfield local party (2 days per week) and support local parties within Hertfordshire (2 days per week) for the period leading up to and immediately following the 2019 Borough Council elections. This will cover:

  1. Working with the Chair of Campaigns in both Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire to deliver a campaign plan for Borough Council elections in 2019.
  2. Supporting the development of effective local campaigning across the county.
  3. Providing assistance and support county-wide for local by-elections on polling day
  4. Developing and/or supporting a campaign in the event of a by-election in a contested seat that is strategically important for the County.
  5. Assisting the County Group if required.
  6. Organising and co-ordinating training opportunities for councillors, activists and members with a view to building campaigning capacity.
  7. Co-ordinating and producing printed materials, such as direct mail letters or leaflets. This will include artworking, data preparation and manipulation, and printing.
  8. Ensuring key campaigners deliver content to deadlines.
  9. Organising and participating in local on-the-ground campaigning.
  10. Digital campaigning, including updating web pages, Facebook pages, and other social media accounts.
  11. Support for local candidate approval processes where needed.
  12. To act as Agent if required to do so (training can be provided).

Person Specification

The role will suit someone with both a passion for campaigning and who is motivated to see Lib Dems win more seats. The individual must have strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. An ability to organise a small team effectively is critical. The individual should be able to confidently analyse and manage data. They should have a positive approach, with the political acumen to identify potential challenges and to diplomatically handle sensitive matters, enabling them to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

Essential Skills and Experience

  1. Experience of campaigning (not necessarily in a political context)
  2. Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders
  3. Ability to motivate volunteers
  4. Effectively analyse data and prepare reports
  5. Proficient with appropriate IT software and systems, especially Word and Excel.
  6. Experience in utilising a range of social media platforms
  7. Effective time self-management and experience of being responsible for apportioning that time between competing priorities.
  8. Ability to work to deadlines with limited supervision.
  9. Ability to deliver in a high-pressure environment.
  10. Motivated to promote the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats.

Desirable Skills and Experience

  1. Knowledge of using the following software systems: Connect, Salesforce, Nationbuilder and PagePlus.
  2. Experience of training others, particularly in the use of systems supporting campaigning in the Lib Dems.
  3. Experience in the production of printed material.
  4. Experience of political campaigning.
  5. Experience of acting as agent in a political context.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Please apply by email attaching:

  • CV (including contact telephone numbers and email address);
  • Covering letter (two A4 pages maximum) setting out why you want to do this job and how your experience and skills match the job description and person specification.

CV and covering letter should be emailed to paul@welhatlibdems.org.uk

Two references will be required if you are invited to interview. We will notify all applicants when the process is complete. Only applicants invited for interview will be contacted.

For an informal chat about the post, call Paul Zukowskyj on 0775 157 8462.

Closing date: 11.59pm Friday 15th June 2018 with interviews expected to be in the following week, week commencing 18th June.

Appointment expected from 1st July, allowance can be made for a set notice period for the successful applicant