Oxfordshire Labour are recruiting a new assistant organiser to work on the 2021 Oxfordshire County Council Elections. Please find the job specification and details of how to apply below. If you have any queries, please email oxfordorganiser@gmail.com.

Job Title: Assistant Organiser (Oxfordshire County)

Location: Oxford Labour Office in Cowley, Oxford

Salary: £20,366.82 pro-rata

The Assistant Organiser will support Oxfordshire County Council Labour Group and Oxfordshire LCF in mobilising local members and supporting Labour candidates, largely outside Oxford, in campaigning to win their elections to Oxfordshire County Council in May 2021.

The Assistant Organiser will report to and be managed by Oxford & District Labour Party Local Organiser, Brad Baines and Oxfordshire County Council Labour Group Leader, Cllr Liz Brighouse.

This is an excellent opportunity for the candidate to gain some paid work-experience in election campaigning with effective and successful local parties across Oxfordshire. This position would suit someone interested in pursuing a career in public or electoral campaigns, but this is not a prerequisite.

The temporary post will be for 19 weeks starting on 11th January 2021 or shortly afterwards and end mid-May after the elections, which take place on Thursday 6th May 2021.

Hours of work are 37.5 per week and are flexible with a lot of weekend and evening working. Paid holiday entitlement will be 28 days pro rata.

The salary is on the Labour Party mobilisation assistant scale – pro rata to £20,366.82.

The Assistant Organiser will be based at the Oxford & District Labour Party Office, Unit A, Bishops Mews, Transport Way, Oxford OX4 6HD. The post will also require travel across Oxfordshire to run and lead COVID-compliant campaign activities on the ground, as such a driving licence and access to a car are essential.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. To design, print and oversee the distribution of newsletters and mailings.
  2. To organise and lead campaign activities including canvassing, phone banks and data entry.
  3. To assist in building relationships between local Labour Parties, stakeholders and organisations.
  4. To assist in the administration of an efficient campaign office.
  5. To assist in the organisation of campaign events and visits.
  6. To develop local Labour Parties electronic campaigning capabilities and social media campaigns.
  7. To maintain Contact Creator and volunteer databases.
  8. To organise Polling-Day campaigning in key seats across the County.
  9. To recruit and manage volunteers to assist with data entry, fund-raising and campaigning in local Labour Parties.
  10. To work with local campaign coordinators to identify campaign leaders and provide training and support to them on campaign techniques.
  11. To develop local fundraising and fundraising schemes to ensure the CLPs in the area have adequate funding to organise, campaign and contest elections.
  12. To attend and participate in training sessions relating to the role as directed.

Person Specification:

Essential Skills and Experience:

  1. General knowledge of the Labour Party, its policies, principles and organisation.
  2. Share the aims and values of the Labour Party and have experience of campaigning in elections.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of campaign techniques.
  4. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  5. Good computer literacy, including use of email communication systems and data input.
  6. Prepared to work flexibly and during unsocial hours particularly in the evenings and at weekends.
  7. Able to get on with a wide range of people, have strong negotiating skills and be able to motivate others to campaign for the Labour Party.
  8. Excellent organisational skills and be strong at record-keeping and attention to detail.
  9. Willing to take responsibility for planning and delivering objectives.
  10. Able to work under pressure, to tight deadlines.
  11. A driver’s licence and access to a car are essential.

Desirable but not essential skills and experience:

  1. A track record of helping to get Labour candidates elected
  2. Knowledge of Labour Party Campaign Technology including: Achieve, Campaign Creator, Connect, Organise, Promote/Reach, WordPress etc.
  3. Experience of fundraising.
  4. Experience of using DTP packages such as Adobe InDesign to produce leaflets.
  5. Experience of digital campaigning and social media.

The deadline for application is midday 19th November. To apply please send a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fit the person specification, to oxfordorganiser@gmail.com with the subject line County Assistant Organiser Application, followed by your full name. Please also indicate details of two referees on your application (references will be taken up before appointment).

Interviews will be on Saturday 28th or Monday 30th November on Zoom.

The temporary post will be for 18 weeks starting on 11th January 2021 or shortly afterwards and ending early in mid-May after the elections, which take place on Thursday 6th May 2021.

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