A Constituency Assistant is a confidential employee responsible for the administration of the Constituency Office of a Member of the Legislative Assembly. This position will support the Surrey-Guildford Constituency MLA in providing a range of communications and community outreach and support services.
Under the general supervision of the MLA, duties may include:
- Providing information to constituents about provincial government legislation and policies, including the MLA and government’s position on provincial issues.
- Providing assistance and advocacy for constituents in their dealings with the provincial government, either directly or through appropriate referrals.
- Assisting as needed in the day-to-day operations of the Constituency Office, including correspondence, bookkeeping, information management and other office duties, as required.
- Preparing and distributing communications materials, including advertising, householders, and mailings by the MLA, newsletters, websites and social media accounts.
- Supporting the MLA’s work within their communities through community outreach and liaison.
- Recruiting and training Constituency Office volunteers and practicum students, as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Garry Begg, MLA, is committed to recruiting and developing employees that are representative of the diversity of the people of British Columbia. To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, we welcome applications from all groups.
This includes women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the Surrey-Guildford constituency office.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, concisely and professionally for a wide variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective information and advocacy strategies and to exercise diplomacy and political judgement.
- Technical skills in communications and experience and skills in working with a range of social media channels and digital communications is required. Technical skills in graphic design would be an asset.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and with flexibility.
- Ability to administer the various aspects of a community office. Specific skills in computers, word processing, bookkeeping and clerical functions, are required.
- Ability to interpret and explain complex policies and legislation, to adapt and learn new processes and applications, and to show initiative and ingenuity when confronted with problems or unique situations.
- Knowledge of the structure and policies of the New Democratic Party and a fundamental knowledge of the role of the three levels of government.
- Familiarity and experience with the constituency of Surrey-Guildford, its communities, stakeholder groups, demographics, and key issues.
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with community stakeholders and businesses, particularly within the constituency of Surrey-Guildford.
- South Asian or Chinese language skills strongly desired.
- Ability to travel and work on weekends and holidays as required.
- As per collective agreement, including extended health and dental plan, BC Public Service Pension Plan, generous paid vacation, 12 days paid sick leave, and other paid leave provisions and benefits. Some benefits are pro-rated for part-time employees.
- This is a bargaining unit position: BCGEU Local 703. Note any internal candidates will be considered before any external candidates.
- Regular part-time hours are 7 hours per day, 17.5 hours per week.
- Posting closes at 4:00pm, Monday, June 21, 2021.