I'm looking for a full-time electorate officer

I'm looking for a full-time electorate officer to join my team, working out of my electorate office in Gungahlin. Women and people from racial or ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in politics are especially encouraged to apply.

This position will involve lots of community engagement and local problem solving. In a typical day, you might be helping someone at the front counter with a Centrelink problem, coordinating a 5000-letter mailout, planning a campaign on local issues, and arranging an online community forum. Below, there’s some dot-points that will give you a better sense of what our office does.

One of the great things about Fenner is that constituents are passionate about issues big and small, from climate change to the local postbox. I share their desire to improve the quality of the democratic conversation. My office is guided by ten ‘Principles of Politics’, which are set out at the bottom of this post.

In an era when some people are turning to extreme parties of the right and left, the best way for mainstream parliamentarians to maintain the trust of our electors is to engage on big issues, be accessible in town hall meetings and mobile offices, and use conventional and new media channels. We send out a monthly email (‘The Leigh Report’), produce two podcasts (‘Andrew Leigh - Speeches and Conversations’ and ‘The Good Life - Andrew Leigh in Conversation’), and use Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Twitter to expand the political conversation. We also hold tele-town halls, engaging over the phone with constituents as well.

If you want to know more about our values and the activities of the office, check out those social media channels or our website, www.andrewleigh.com.

The present team consists of 4 full-timers, plus a couple of part-timers and volunteers. There's a strong sense of camaraderie, and it's a great way to help the community.

If you're interested in grassroots politics and community organising, enjoy solving people’s problems and love Canberra, this job is likely to be a good fit.

Depending on experience, the salary range is $65,785 - $69,646 an optional allowance may be considered in recognition of, and as compensation for, reasonable additional hours of work, and an employer contribution of 15.4% superannuation will be payable

Applications close Thursday 30 June 2022. If you're interested, please send a covering letter, a CV and a writing sample (100-800 words) to [email protected].

Duties of this position will include:
• Ensure the office provides a timely service to constituents and community organisations.
• Keep the office informed of issues emerging from constituent inquiries, correspondence, community newsletters etc.
• Organise events, and ensure mail-outs of invitations occur in a timely manner:
• Assist with arranging the annual Fenner Lecture (a public lecture to promote community understanding of maths and science),
• Occasionally, when I have multiple commitments at the same time, represent me at local events.
• Organise local park clean-up events, shopping centre stalls, town hall meetings, community barbecues, and other public forums;.
• Participate in training opportunities.
• Undertake other duties as required.

Principles of Politics - Office of Andrew Leigh MP
How we practice politics can be as important as the policies we pursue. Here are a few ideas on how we should treat co-workers, constituents and colleagues.

  1. How we practice politics can be as important as the policies we pursue. Since this is politics, we’ll never be universally popular. But we should treat co-workers, constituents and colleagues with respect and dignity. This is especially important when dealing with vulnerable constituents.
  2. Our communications should try to engage with the better instincts of Australia, to tell stories, make new arguments, and convey fresh facts. When we dumb down debates and demonise our opponents, progressives lose. When we enrich the public conversation, we win.
  3. None of us would be here without the Labor Party. It is Australia’s oldest and greatest political party, and will outlast all of us. We have a responsibility to cherish its traditions, make it stronger and more democratic, and help Labor win elections.
  4. When we cannot help someone, we should tell them honestly, and use that time to help others; particularly the most disadvantaged.
  5. We should be working on the most important things possible – big ideas, critical questions, major community issues. The only way to get the space to do this is to say no to less important priorities. We can do anything, but we cannot do everything.
  6. Experimenting is good, and learning from our mistakes is healthy – but only if we share what we’ve learned with our team and our Labor colleagues.
  7. Envy and hate are two of the biggest timewasters in politics. Media coverage is a means, not an end. Working in politics is a privilege, and we’re lucky to do it. Our office should be the positive, respectful and safe work environment we would want for every employee in the country.
  8. Wherever possible, we should draw on the strengths of diversity, and collaborate with colleagues on policies, campaigns and events. Labor is the party of “we”, not “me”.
  9. Don’t apologise for spending time with friends and family, exercising or reading fiction. Not only is socialising important in itself; a well-rounded life helps us do our jobs better. Strive for calmness, balance and gratitude.
  10. Act ethically, crack jokes when we can, and keep a sense of perspective. The typical career lasts around 80,000 hours. Let’s make them count.

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Cnr Gungahlin Pl and Efkarpidis Street, Gungahlin ACT 2912 | 02 6247 4396 | [email protected] | Authorised by A. Leigh MP, Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch), Canberra.