Political Group Officer - Labour Group

Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
Salary: Grade: PO2-PO4, £35,496 - £44,628
Location: Waltham Forest
Contract: Temporary
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 36 hours per week. contract: ends 30 May 2026.
DBS Check: No
Closing Date: 14/07/2022 at 14:40
Reference: F&G/22/200386

We are looking for a capable, enthusiastic and experienced individual to support the work of the Labour Group within Waltham Forest, to assist Group Officers in discharging their functions as Members of the Council in respect of Group business, and plan and manage the heavy workload of the Group Office.

You will be central to the smooth running of the Labour Group Office and will work closely with the Leader and Cabinet. You will support the Group to deliver its manifesto commitments and wider policy aims. You will build relationships both internally and with other bodies including local, regional and national government organisations.

You will be responsible for research, analysis, briefings and providing a comprehensive media and social media service to the group. You will also prepare speeches, amendments and questions for council meetings.

About you:

  • Experience of delivering genuine impact in a public affairs and campaigning environment
  • Excellent organisation and communication skills with sound judgment and self-motivation
  • Proven ability to proactively build relationships and networks
  • Able to multi-task and deal with rapidly changing priorities
  • Experience of Labour party politics and/or local government

Good interpersonal and IT skills are essential, as is discretion in handling confidential matters, along with an ability to multi-task and deal with rapidly changing priorities.  This role is certainly fast-paced and challenging, and you will need to be a hard-working and reliable team player who can handle a pressurised environment in a composed and responsive manner.

This position is fixed term for the lifetime of the administration and will end no later than the date of the Annual General Meeting in May 2026.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact Ian Buckle on ian.buckle@walthamforest.gov.uk

Interviews will be taking place in the week commencing 18 July 2022.

Equal Opportunities

Waltham Forest is a diverse borough where diversity is valued and is integral to both, service delivery and employment of its staff. The Council is proud of its rich mix of communities and as the largest employer in the area, it works hard to respond to the changing needs of its population. We use our statutory duties on race, gender and disability equality and best practice in respect of age, faith and sexual orientation to ensure equality of opportunity in the workplace. The Council is committed to meeting its 4 equality objectives: - Promoting equality of opportunity - Opposing all forms of discrimination, intolerance and disadvantage - Ensuring our workforce reflects the diverse communities of Waltham Forest at all levels. - Providing fair, appropriate, accessible and excellent Services to all. Respecting Diversity is a core Council value. To support the above and reduce the risk of bias in its recruitment activities, the council is operating an anonymous shortlisting process, which hides personal information that can identify individuals until their application has been considered for shortlisting. The council also operates a scheme whereby, for jobs graded up to and including scale SO2, internal candidates are considered first. This includes those candidates who self-identify as having a disability for the purposes of the Disability Confident scheme. For more information, please refer to our recruitment and selection policy

How to apply

Application Information


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