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Assistant Electorate Officer - Local Community Campaigner

Parliament of Queensland - Maiwar Electorate Office
  • EMPLOYER: Parliamentary Service
  • LOCATION: Based at Michael Berkman’s electorate office in Indooroopilly
  • STATUS: Part time (4 days per week) until November 2024 incl. 3 months’ probation.
  • CLASSIFICATION: $1,948 (AEO1) to $2,161.60 (AEO4) per fortnight (4 day a week), including 4 weeks annual leave, plus 9.5% superannuation (up to 12.75% with employee contribution). Assistant Electorate Officers commence at level 1 of the scale and become eligible for level advancement after the completion of 12 months service

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead the development of local campaigns in Maiwar, with the support of the Electorate Officer, including by:

  • Taking a proactive role in identifying key local issues and taking steps to develop and drive campaigns on those issues.
  • Organising and running community events including forums, door knocks, and pop-up offices.
  • Leading and driving written communications about local issues and campaigns, including via email outs, social media, letters and other avenues.
  • Coordinating petitions and other campaigning tools that increase Michael’s engagement with the community by building email lists and social media following.

Maintain and strengthen the Maiwar Electorate Office’s community networks and relationships with local residents including by:

  • Regularly communicating with community groups, clubs and organisations to provide logistical support such as loan hire and raffle prizes.
  • Supporting electorate office programs such as the Maiwar Community Grants and “Maiwarriors” grants.
  • Identifying opportunities for Michael and the Electorate Office to work with local residents and groups, including by co-hosting events.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with community leaders, and diverse groups in the electorate including schools, multicultural communities, churches, student groups at UQ, and more.

Provide administrative support to Michael’s office using a variety of office processes, for example by:

  • Undertaking general administrative duties, such as filing, opening and sorting mail, answering the telephone, updating the calendar, preparing letters, memoranda, reports etc. as required.
  • Assisting with the organisation of the distribution of correspondence including large mail outs.

Assist with constituent enquiries including:

  • Leading and co-ordinating the organisation of constituent contact events. These can include mobile office events, market stalls, community forums and meetings.
  • Providing assistance to constituents with a range of problems using government and community help networks, including by drafting emails to residents, answering the phones, and helping constituents who come to the office.
  • Doing some constituent casework including making written and verbal representations to a range of government, community and public bodies/utilities on behalf of Michael and constituents.
  • Carrying out research on issues relating to constituent enquiries and information required by the team.

Other duties as directed by the Electorate Officer or Michael.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Experience

  • Must have demonstrated political judgement and experience working or volunteering in a similar setting (either a political office, election campaign, community group or social/legal support service).
  • Experience working for social and political change in any setting, including community-based and unpaid roles will be considered.

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated political judgement, with a particular emphasis on Queensland politics.
  2. Demonstrated ability to identify potential campaigns and develop them with minimal supervision.
  3. Highly developed skills recruiting and managing volunteers, including experience running voter contact actions during election campaigns.
  4. Strong interest in or knowledge of issues relevant to the Maiwar electorate (Auchenflower, Bardon, Taringa, Toowong, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, Fig Tree Pocket).
  5. Advanced communication skills, both written and oral.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and liaise with a diverse client group including constituents, community groups, Members of Parliament and Public Servants.
  7. Ability to prioritise activities to meet deadlines.
  8. Ability to perform a wide range of allocated duties thoroughly and with limited supervision.
  9. Proven word processing skills, general computing skills (e.g. email and Outlook, internet, spreadsheets, Google documents, NationBuilder or other databases etc.)

Equal Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, those from a migrant or non-English speaking background, people with disabilities, non-binary people, women and those who identify as LGBTIQ+ to apply.

Any questions or request for further information can be emailed to clare.scrine@parliament.qld.gov.au, using the subject line: Local Community Campaigner enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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