Member of Parliament
Travel may be required, occasional long hours and some weekends
Reporting to the Member of Parliament, the legislative assistant is primarily responsible for conducting research, collecting data, analyzing findings and preparing summaries and reports that are of interest to the Member of Parliament or for committee business.
Duties and responsibilities
· Researches data, analyzes findings and prepares comprehensive reports and summaries corresponding to the Member’s interests or that are relevant to committee business.
· Researches existing legislation, jurisprudence and proposed legislation to identify the impact of such proposals and to identify key elements or points of concern.
· Reviews news media and prepares background information to ensure that the Member and staff are continually kept abreast of emerging and evolving issues and of areas of possible interest or concern.
· Researches, analyzes and identifies information for the preparation of speeches, presentations, briefings, press releases and correspondence.
· Prepares the Member for House of Commons and committee work, in particular through briefings.
· Assists with media inquiries by researching information and extrapolating factual and accurate data.
· Represents the Member’s office at committee, political party or other meetings to ensure the Member is kept apprised of developments that may have an impact on their work.
· Performs other related duties within the scope of the position at the Member’s request, such as handling media inquiries or drafting correspondence and reviewing it for factual accuracy and clarification.
· Helps with special projects that aim to improve the effectiveness of the office’s administrative operations.
· Provides various administrative and/or business services to the Member and staff to ensure the continued flow of operations and to help the constituency office achieve its goals and priorities.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
· Strong research and analytical skills to synthesize complex information into clear and concise briefs.
· Good knowledge of communication methods and techniques.
· Knowledge of the House of Commons, its culture and its mandate.
· Extensive knowledge of the political environment and legislative process.
· Superior written and verbal communication skills.
· Ability to discern information that would be of interest or pertinent to the Member or for parliamentary business.
· Ability to use the MS Office suite and other systems supported by the House.
Education and experience
· Experience working in an office setting providing research and legislative support.
· University degree or post-secondary education from a recognized institution in political science or a related field, combined with experience working with senior management OR an acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience.
Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 6 months
Flexible language requirement:
Ability to commute/relocate:
- Ottawa, ON K1A 0G6: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)
- Bachelor's Degree (preferred)
Application deadline: 2022-08-10
Expected start date: 2022-08-08