Job role: political education officer
This is a key role for a CLP such as LI, whose members are spread across the globe and are unable to attend or easily access LP training and information resources. Because of the geographical spread of LI members much of this work will need to be done online, including making use of webinars and distance learning.
There are three key aims:
- Ensure that LI can play an effective role in campaigning for a Labour government
- Equipping members with the skills and information to build LI into an effective campaigning CLP.
- Ensuring that members feel confident and well informed about LP policies and fully equipped to play an active role in LI and the wider LP.
- Assist the LIEC in providing and promoting a political education, training and information programme with events and activities throughout the year.
- Identify the education, training and information needs of the LI membership so that they can actively campaign for a Labour victory
- Together with the LIEC Policy Officer, to keep LI members informed of LP policy, developments and other initiatives
- Identify talent in others, encouraging and supporting those who want to get involved and motivating them to take up training initiatives.
- Research suitable online training and information materials that can include web-based seminars, printed manuals, training videos, and more
- Publicise and promote a range of educational, training and information available for members.
- Regularly report back to LIEC
- Work with the LIEC Secretary and the Communications Officer to help maintain the LI website and other LI online resources
- Work with LI volunteers to develop the LI regular newsletter, leaflets, displays and other information sharing vehicles
- Work with LI campaign officers to help manage the campaign for LP victory 2018 Facebook page, including encouraging the development of campaign resources and cataloguing them so that they are easily accessible for LI member use.
- Maintain contact with the national LP education officer as appropriate
- Together with LI equality officers help identify and develop resources that can be targeted at the needs of youth, women, BAME, LGBT and disabled members.
- Work to ensure that members of LI are not subjected to harassment or abuse within LI and the LP as a whole, including at branch and group meetings and online.
The role of LI Political Education officer is all about ensuring that members feel confident, are well prepared and informed to campaign for the Labour Party. Information officers are usually the main point of contact for other people who wish to access information. They act as information gatekeepers: responding to people’s requests, picking out the right pieces of information for them, and training people on how to use the LP’s resources.
It is also about helping members develops skills that enables them to take up co-ordinator and officer roles in LI and generally become more active as ordinary members in the CLP and the Labour Party generally.
You can choose how to focus your role and what to make your priority depending on what needs are identified by members and the LIEC. Your role could include:
- Developing materials that will prepare LI delegates to the LP Women’s and national conference – how to write a motion, jargon busting, LP structures etc.
- Reviewing existing education, training and information materials to determine appropriateness and relevance
- Identifying members with special skills in education, training and information resources and recruiting them to develop and prepare educational/training aids specifically for LI
- Conducting a skills audit/survey to assess members needs
- Organising regular online meetings to discuss need and also to deliver training and information sessions, including inviting speakers
- Developing the LI new members handbook that is currently in draft form
- Have input into the organisation of LI fringe meetings and LP national conference and also the LI yearly meetings
- Work with LIEC to host public events on policy issues
- Good communication skills
- Ability to secure support for LI initiatives
- Regular access to the internet and social media and able to use or willing to learn to use Zoom online videoconferencing.
- A good understanding of online technology tools or a willingness to learn, including social media.
- An understanding of the training and information needs of LI members
- Friendly and approachable
- Initiative and the ability to offer new ideas
- Willing to work as part of a team
- The ability to motivate and persuade
- Have leadership skills but also the ability to delegate, develop and create a team.
Lines of Communication
You will be a voting member of the Labour International Co-ordinating Committee (LIEC) and would be required to attend LIEC and All Members meetings. You will work closely with the LIEC Membership Secretary and Communications Officer .
Approximately 5 hours a month but this will increase considerably during General Election or other campaigns.
You will be at the forefront of increasing the skills and involvement of members in LI and the Labour Party as a whole. So how you choose to develop it will be up to you in negotiation with LIEC and members.
How to apply
Please write a personal statement of 200 words stating the skills you can bring pointing out how you would develop this new role.
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