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Jobs and Internships
with the Green Party

Notice on Covid-19

The Green Party is following the advice issued by the HSE on Coronavirus and has closed Head Office until further notice.

The Head Office team will be working remotely from home, and will generally have regular access to emails and phone calls.

Service will continue as far as possible, including monthly review of jobs and internships applications.

For specific public health information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the HSE website.

Current Vacancies

Temporary Secretarial Assistant to Minister Eamon Ryan

Salary: €23,180 – €43,094 (Salary point determined by the Oireachtas based on previous experience)

Responsible to: Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, and team

Term: Fixed term 3 month contract, full time, coterminous with the TD. Some out-of-hours work may be required from time to time. Immediate start. Contract may be extended.

Location: Mix /– Approx. 2 days in Department (Adelaide Road), 3 days working from home (negotiable) Constituency visits may be required from time to time.

Main purpose of the role

The main function of the Temporary Secretarial Assistant is to attend to constituency queries and local political matters in support of the Personal Assistant and other team members, and to ensure that regular communications to constituents are conducted professionally and in a timely manner. The role will also require some communications, social media and digital content development work.

Duties

  • Assist the Parliamentary Assistant and the Constituency Office team to deliver quick and appropriate responses to constituency queries.
  • Reply to phone calls on the constituency phone as needed.
  • Work with Green Party councillors in Dublin Bay South to ensure comprehensive and consistent replies to queries and an efficient flow of information.
  • Work with the Parliamentary Assistant in providing content for constituency newsletters, both print and e-newsletters.
  • Research on local and national issues as required.
  • Working with the Parliamentary Assistant on creating and delivering communications strategies.
  • Ensuring the Minister’s website and social media are updated regularly with relevant digital content.
  • Assisting in issuing locally-focused press releases and attending to other local media matters as required.
  • Working with the Parliamentary Assistant to ensure that the work the Minister undertakes in his Department is converted into clear communications that can be used by the Constituency office, by other members of the Parliamentary Party and by local Councillors.
  •  Identifying important local political issues and working on developing responses in coordination with the team
  • Liaising with the wider Green Party team as required.

The foregoing is not an exhaustive list of duties and the Secretarial Assistant will be required to demonstrate reasonable flexibility and adaptability as the operational needs of the office evolve.

Desirable Experience:

  • A third level qualification in a related field
  • 2- 3 years work experience in an administrative and /or communications role
  • Strong administration skills including MS Office, emails, database management
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal
  • Experience in social media, digital content creation, copy writing and websites
  • Knowledge of the Dublin Bay South constituency and its core local issues
  • Strong interest in environment, climate action, public policy and politics, and a Green Party supporter
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Irish

Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter to Claire.byrne@oireachtas.ie  with the job title ‘Temporary Secretarial Assistant’ in the email title. 5pm Wednesday 28th October 2020.

The Green Party is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Oireachtas Researcher

Responsible to: Parliamentary Political Manager

Main purpose of the role:  The Green Party is hiring three researchers to assist the Parliamentary Party in the conduct of their legislative and policy work in both the Dáil and Seanad. Working as part of a tight knit team, this role will provide research support for the Green Party’s Oireachtas operations, including, but not limited to, topical speeches, committee work, private members’ legislation and other parliamentary activities. The research team will also assist in party policy development, support the party whips in both houses in preparing the work schedule, and work with other party staff to ensure the strategic success of the Party in the legislative sphere.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in academic, political or policy research, and confident in the preparation of written materials for a political audience. This role requires attention to detail, great analytic and synthesis skills, and the ability to meet tight deadlines while dealing with multiple requests.  A high level of integrity and discretion is necessary for handling confidential information. Strong organisational and administrative ability will be essential to manage the diverse work in a pressured environment. 

ROLE DESCRIPTION – DUTIES

PERSON SPECIFICATION – KEY SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Assist Green Party Oireachtas members in their participation in parliamentary work, including contributions in the Seanad, Dáil and committee;
  • Assist Dáil whip and Seanad leader’s office with preparation of weekly business;
  • Research and prepare legislative input;
  • Liaise with Green Party staff in government to ensure coherence and monitor implementation of the Programme for Government;
  • Assist and advise Party spokespersons in relation to legislation and policy position development;
  • Prepare internal briefing notes on legislation, topics, and ongoing Party issues as requested;
  • Other research and administrative duties as assigned

 Education and Experience

  • Familiarity with the work and political priorities of the Green Party;
  • 3rd Level Qualification in law, history, politics, economics, science, or other relevant subjects;
  • At least 2 years relevant experience;
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Irish political and policy environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

 Desirable

  • Strong written proficiency in Irish;
  • Postgraduate research experience;
  • Experience in the costing of public policy;
  • Specialist knowledge in the areas of climate, environment, transport, public finance, health and/or justice;
  • Experience in working on legislation, drafting or other relevant areas;
  • Knowledge of the operation of government and politics at local, national, EU and/or international levels

Further information

Successful candidates will be employed on Fixed Term/Specified Purpose contract with the Houses of the Oireachtas, at the grade of Administrative Assistant. Remuneration is on a scale with annual increments, beginning at €34,446.11 for a 40 hour week. Work outside of normal office hours will occasionally be required.

The normal place of work will be Leinster House, Kildare St, but working from home is likely for the foreseeable future.

Application Process

All applications, with a cover letter of no longer than one page, and a cv of no longer than two pages, must be sent to ed.davitt@greenparty.ie before 5pm on Friday 30th October, 2020.

The Green Party is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Internships

From time to time, the Green Party will facilitate internships in our Head Office, or in Leinster House.

Internship Policy

The Green Party follows three principles when it comes to interns:

  1. Interns should be compensated for their work. This means that when we take on an intern, they either must be benefiting in terms of gaining an academic credit for their time here, or they go onto our payroll as a temporary employee.
  2. Interns should gain a rounded experience of the work of the Green Party, its staff and its representatives. Intern work can sometimes involve more basic office tasks, but it shouldn’t always be this way. We will try to provide interns with a varied experience – including time in Leinster House, time with Councillors or time with Members/Volunteers.
  3. When and internship is finished, interns should be able to point to something to say ‘I did that’ or ‘I contributed to this’. We prefer interns to have something meaningful to put on their CV.

 

Current Internship Vacancies

We review Internship/Placement Requests once a month. Please submit the following when applying:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter outlining why you want to work with the Green Party
  3. 2 references – email or phone (will only contact them after a successful interview)
  4. Three goals that you would like to achieve during your time with the Green Party
  5. Short outline of the coursework that you will have to submit to your school or university
  6. Preferred timeline for the internship