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Development Officer

Working for: Sutton Liberal Democrats
Location: London Borough of Sutton
Salary: £21-23k depending on experience plus contract completion and performance bonuses payable in June 2018

Closing date: Friday 20th October* 
Interviews: week commencing 23 October


Do you like a challenge? Do you want to work in a small team where you can make a real difference? Do you want to do something worthwhile? If so - this is your chance.

We are looking for a Development Officer to join our team ahead of the crucial Council Elections next May. Sutton Liberal Democrats hold 44 out of 54 seats on the local council, making us one of the most successful local Lib Dem groups in the country. We’ve run the Council for 31 years, and have a vision to continue to improve the lives of Sutton’s residents, as we seek to retain control of the council in 2018.

The Development Officer will organise our campaigning for the upcoming election. They will motivate our activists, train new volunteers, and plan how to structure our campaign. If you want an easy ride then don’t apply. But if you want the chance to be an integral part of a vital political campaign, we’d love to hear from you.

This job will not have regular 9-5 working hours, as volunteers are often only available on evenings and weekends. When you do have to work outside of normal hours, you will be able to make this time up in the week.

Job Description

Volunteer and Infrastructure Building

  • To work with the Campaigns Team to create a plan of tasks which need to be achieved ahead of the upcoming election, and make sure these tasks are completed.
  • To coordinate and drive the identification, recruitment, training, development, motivation and retention of volunteers and members.
  • To work with Councillors, candidates and ward organisers to help them boost their wards’ volunteer network and improve working practices. 
  • To ensure the database (Connect) is kept up to date with volunteer and organisational details.
  • To engage with volunteers inside and outside the London Borough of Sutton to build a large base of activists who will help the local party.
  • To ensure the delivery of a programme of doorstep and telephone voter contact and Action Days to mutually agreed targets.

Events and Fundraising

  • To support others in organising fundraising events for the local party.
  • To organise and advertise social events to maintain a positive morale in the local party and to recruit more activists. 


  • To undertake such other duties as the line manager may require to further effective communication, campaigning and organisation in the local party.
  • To undertake such training as is recommended to develop and update required skills
  • To oversee the maintenance of the party’s office and workshop at London Road.

Person Specification


  • Lib Dems: Experience working with or volunteering for the Liberal Democrats would be an advantage.
  • Social Media: You must be comfortable with social media, especially Facebook.
  • Volunteers: Experience working with volunteers would be an advantage.


  • Relationship building: You are likely to be a “people person” as you will need to spend a lot of time with volunteers and activists in social and campaigning contexts.
  • Motivating: You need to keep volunteers enthusiastic about campaigning for the local party.
  • Public speaking: You need to be comfortable speaking in front of groups for training and in social events.
  • Organising: You need to be well organised, as there will be many competing demands on your time.
  • Self-starter: We are a small team, and you won’t have anyone telling you what to do every day, or micro-managing your time. You’ll need to be self-motivated and able to use lots of your own initiative. 
  • Writing: You’ll need to be able to write fluently, in members’ emails and other forms of communication with activists.
  • Communicating: In a small team like this, we can’t have people burying their heads in the sand! You need to be happy to share ideas constantly with other members of the group, in a frank and productive way.

Contract type: Fixed term until 30 June 2018 with the option for extension depending on the electoral outcome.
Working hours: 36 hours per week.
Location: Based at party HQ in London Road, North Cheam but also working from other venues in the borough.

Apply by sending a CV and Cover Letter (max of 2 pages for each), explaining why you are interested in this job, and addressing how you meet the Person Specification. Please email this by Friday 20 October to the Party Chair, Adrian Bonner, [email protected]

*the vacancy may be filled before the closing date.

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