Public Engagement Officer JD

Public Engagement Officer





Job Title:                   Public Engagement Officer 


Employer:                 Scott Ainslie MEP (Green Party MEP for London)


Location:                   Central London (exact office location TBC)


Length:                      Fixed term contract to 31st October 2019, with the potential to extend should the UK remain in the EU


Start date:                1st August 2019, or as soon as possible 


Key relationships:   Scott’s Brussels and London staff


Hours:                        35 hours per week, some flexibility in timing required due to the parliamentary calendar. Some evening and weekend work may be required, for which there will be time off in lieu.


Salary:                    £35,000 p/a (inc. London weighting)


Purpose of the role


Scott Ainslie is the new Green Party MEP for London. He has a track record of challenging injustice and inequality, and driving forward a culture for change.


He is currently looking to recruit an exceptional Public Engagement Officer to be part of a small, proactive, highly dedicated and strategic team. 


The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment, be flexible, quick thinking, decisive and have good political antennae. You will write with clarity, be able to manage competing priorities and have excellent interpersonal and communications skills. You will have a personal interest in and be motivated by environmental and social justice. 


This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role supporting and helping to develop the work of London’s new Green MEP, Scott Ainslie, as he joins an enlarged group of Green MEPs in the European Parliament.

Job description:

1. Develop, monitor and deliver a positive public profile for Scott Ainslie MEP

2. Devise and implement a proactive, creative public engagement strategy, in close partnership with the Press Officer, which takes account of the political context and Scott priority issues. This will involve developing a sound grasp of Scott’s work in his London constituency and the European Parliament.


3. Work closely with Scott’s Press Officer, and within a tight budget, to devise and develop tools and materials to maximise Scott’s engagement with constituents, NGOs and civil society organisations.


4. Identify and liaise with external campaigners, NGOs and European Parliament staff around Scott’s special areas of interest to produce opportunities to promote his work - including arranging a programme of events, visits and speaking opportunities in cooperation with London/Brussels staff.


5. Create a London events calendar and build relationships with key external groups and organisations, representing Scott when required.


6. Maintain a shared database of public engagement contacts, and keep records of public engagement work.


7. Regularly update other relevant bodies on Scott’s recent work and future plans, and contribute to wider media planning.


8. Assist in posting on Scott’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and updating the website.


9. Assist in answering queries from media, individuals and other organisations via telephone, email or social media.


10. Work closely with the teams of other UK MEPs to ensure “Team Scott’s” work reaches as wide an audience as possible, which may include helping to write, edit and oversee production and distribution of any joint newsletters and occasional one-off joint publications. 


11. Build-up a good knowledge of the region, and develop and maintain effective relationships with local parties - particularly local party coordinators and press officers.


12. Work with Brussels-based staff to arrange visits to the European Parliament from the constituency, organising travel arrangements and potentially leading visits out from London to Brussels.


13. Provide an out-of-hours media contact point as necessary.


14. Other duties which may be appropriate from time to time



Person criteria




  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with experience in devising strategies and delivering successful results. 


  • Takes initiative and is able to energetically lead on projects and see them through to successful completion.


  • Excellent understanding of current affairs, particularly related to Brexit, and has a strong understanding of how the EU works.


  • Familiarity with the political landscape in London, including key issues affecting the region.


  • Clear, persuasive writing style.


  • Excellent knowledge of the political landscape in the UK, including key campaign groups working on Brexit-related issues.


  • Experience using social media, particularly Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for maximum impact.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to influence others.


  • Good team player who is willing to take on flexible work as agreed beforehand.


  • Commitment to Green values.


  • Ability to work well under pressure.




  • Existing contacts and experience of networking with NGOs and/or civil society organisations.


To apply, submit a CV and cover letter (as email attachments) outlining how you meet the above job description and person criteria. Deadline: 11pm on Sunday 7th July 2019.


Send to, naming the role you are applying for in the subject line.


Interviews will be conducted via Skype during the w/c 8th July. 


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