The Clerking business area in the Northern Ireland Assembly directly supports Assembly business in the Chamber and in committees, including scrutiny and legislation.
Senior Assistant Assembly Clerks are responsible for providing support for key functions of the Assembly, including the conduct of Assembly business, the passage of legislation and the work of the Assembly Committees.
The role of Senior Assistant Assembly Clerk is both demanding and challenging, operating as it does in a highly pressurised and scrutinised environment, and occasionally outside of normal business hours.
Senior Assistant Assembly Clerks may be rotated between any of the Senior Assistant Assembly Clerk positions in the Bill, Business and Committee Offices.
The main duties and responsibilities of the post are:
Applicants for the post must, by the closing date for applications, have:
1. A thorough understanding of the role and functions of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the political environment in which it operates including the current challenges facing the Assembly.
2. at least a primary degree in any subject and at least 2 years’ experience in each of the areas detailed at (a) – (d). Applications will be considered from applicants with formal qualifications of an equivalent or higher standard to those stated.
3. at least 4 years’ experience in each of the areas detailed at (a) – (d).
The experience specified above at 2. and 3. must be in the following areas:
a) prioritising, planning and organising a demanding and diverse workload to ensure compliance with deadlines;
b) Managing, developing and motivating staff to ensure effective service delivery;
c) Providing authoritative written and oral advice on complex or politically sensitive matters to elected representatives or senior managers;
d) Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders such as senior managers, elected representatives, government departments, voluntary/ private organisations or media which support the delivery of objectives.
Should shortlisting be required, the following shortlisting criteria will be applied:
The following Assembly Skills and Behaviours will be assessed during the selection process:
Delivering a quality service
…is about providing a high-quality and efficient service to our customers. It is thinking ahead, managing resources effectively and delivering work on time and to a high standard. It is also using professional or technical expertise to enhance service delivery.
Building relationships and effective communication
…is creating and maintaining positive, professional and respectful internal and external working relationships through effective and appropriate communications.
Managing & Leading Self and Others
… is setting high standards for ourselves. It is about guiding, motivating and developing others to achieve high performance. It is about engaging others in delivering a corporate vision of excellence, expertise and innovation in support of the Assembly as a legislature.
Parliamentary & Political Understanding
…is displaying an appropriate understanding of the wider political environment; what the Assembly does and how our role fits in; and the level of public scrutiny to which the actions and decisions of Assembly staff are exposed. It requires impartiality, integrity and political sensitivity.