Parliamentary Assistant

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Church House, Great Smith Street, London
Fixed Term Part Time
£10.55 per hour (London Living Wage)
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This is an exciting 12 month training opportunity for someone interested in both religion and politics to learn and develop skills in Parliamentary procedure and gain broad experience in a range of areas relating to Parliament and the Public Affairs work of the Church of England.

Contract Type

Fixed term training contract for 12 Months, 30 hours per week. The work pattern will be arranged after discussion with the Head of Parliamentary Affairs and the Archbishop of Canterbury.


The Archbishop of Canterbury is a member of the House of Lords. In order to assist him with his responsibilities in the House, he wishes to appoint a Parliamentary Assistant. The appointee will be based at Church House, Westminster, and will operate as part of the Church’s Parliamentary Experience Programme, managed by the Head of Parliamentary Affairs.

The Opportunity

In this role, you will support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his Parliamentary duties, keeping abreast of relevant Parliamentary developments and undertaking research. You will assist with the Church’s responses to specific issues or bills working closely with others in the Parliamentary Unit and will support the Head and Deputy Head of Parliamentary Affairs in their responsibilities.

Interviews will be held w/c 22 July 2019

The Parliamentary Experience Programme

Under this twelve month programme you will receive experience and training in a range of areas relating to Parliament and the Public Affairs work of the Church of England, including:

  • Hands-on experience of working alongside parliamentarians on legislative issues (including briefing, research, speech writing, event organisation).
  • Training in Parliamentary procedure by an established external training organisation.
  • Professional guidance and support from the Parliamentary Unit and MPA teams.
  • Opportunity to focus on one or two specific policy areas in depth.
  • Introductions to wide networks of contacts in other churches and stakeholder organisations.
  • Opportunity to attend third party organised stakeholder events.
  • Access to the Parliamentary estate through provision of a sponsored pass.

The Role :

  • Assisting the Archbishop of Canterbury in his parliamentary duties, including research for speeches, questions and meetings, monitoring and updating him on specific issues and events, and liaising with others in Parliament, civil society and the National Church Institutions on his behalf.
  • Ensuring that the Archbishop of Canterbury is kept abreast of the wider activities of the Lords Spiritual and the Parliamentary Unit.
  • Organising and staffing meetings in Parliament with the Archbishop.
  • Assisting the Parliamentary Unit with the Church’s responses in Parliament to specific issues or bills, as agreed with the Head or Deputy Head of Parliamentary Affairs.
  • Supporting the Head or Deputy Head of Parliamentary Affairs in their responsibilities and deputising for them as necessary.

This role profile may be changed from time to time in response to the changing needs of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Parliamentary Unit.

The Requirements :



  • Excellent ICT skills
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing
  • Excellent organisation skills, including time management, diary management etc.
  • Research skills and the ability to gather information quickly and accurately

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Knowledge of Parliament, its function and structures
  • Appreciation of the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England in national life
  • Proven ability in presenting complex data in manageable and informative ways
  • Some experience of organising events (receptions, seminars, small and large meetings etc.)


  • Degree level (or equivalent qualification that includes a significant independent research project)

Personal attributes:

  • An open and collaborative working style
  • Discretion and judgement in handling confidential or sensitive material
  • Willingness to work creatively within a team with people of differing political and/or theological persuasions


  • Willingness and ability to work some unsocial hours when required



  • Degree or A Level (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as politics, theology etc.


  • Database management
  • Ability to discern the impact of policies, legislation etc. on the Church of England, other churches, and other faith communities

Knowledge / Experience:

  • Ability to draft briefing papers, bulletins and other accessible modes of communication
  • Awareness of Parliamentary processes, political parties, think tanks, lobby groups etc.
  • A grasp of the key issues facing the Church of England in its public role today

Personal attributes:

  • Ability to manage his/her own work programme with minimal direct management
  • Ability to deliver outcomes to deadlines and to work under pressure

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We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.