Regional Liaison Officer, North of England – The Electoral Commission

Employer: The Electoral Commission

Salary: £35,846 per annum

Closing Date: 05 June 2024

Job advertisement

Directorate: Electoral Administration and Guidance

Salary:  £35,846 per annum

Location: Home based

Are you interested in using your knowledge of electoral practice and legislation to help ensure elections and electoral registration are well-run?

Who We Are

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates party finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and to ensure its integrity.

The Electoral Administration and Guidance Directorate is responsible for the provision of guidance and support to Electoral administrators to enable them to provide excellent electoral and registration services.

We are looking for someone to be part of our home–based regional staff to provide support to the Regional Manager (North of England) in ensuring the effective delivery of Commission priorities across the region with a particular focus on working in partnership with other teams across the Commission to improve the quality of electoral services.

The role

* To provide high quality and timely advice and guidance on electoral policy, practice and performance matters to electoral practitioners and to other stakeholders including members of the public.

* To contribute to the implementation and development of the Commission’s performance standards regime across England and act as data collector, verifier or performance improvement supporter to local authorities as required.

* To support Returning Officers and Electoral Registration Officers in preparing for and delivering electoral events and electoral registration.

* To support the Regional Manager and the wider English Regional team in managing stakeholder relationships with electoral practitioners in the region, as part of the Regional Teams stakeholder strategy. This includes representing the Commission at Regional Branch meetings and county group meetings of the AEA and other relevant bodies.

* To ensure that any issues that emerge regionally in relation to electoral policy, practice and performance are fed into the development of Commission policy as appropriate.

* To understand, and actively promote, the objectives and values of the Electoral Commission.

Experience required

  • Experience of working in an electoral environment ideally including some experience in the public sector.
  • Extensive and current knowledge of developments in electoral practice and the workings and needs of local authority services.
  • Substantial working knowledge of electoral legislation and practice at all levels of government.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and strong understanding of the latest approaches to stakeholder management.
  • Good IT skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet).
  • Good project management experience.

Special Requirements

* This post requires frequent travel across the region and other parts of the UK, including travel to rural communities where public transport provision may be inadequate. As a consequence the successful applicant should have a valid driving licence enabling the holder to drive on UK roads and have access to transport, or the ability to make use of hire vehicles, which enables them to meet the geographical requirements of this post.

* This post will be home-based, and the successful applicant must have a suitable, quiet space in their home from which to work.

Working at the Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission offers excellent terms and conditions, including flexible working hours, and the opportunity to join the Civil Service pension arrangements (dependent on scheme rules) which include a valuable range of benefits.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people who are passionate about democracy. The more diverse our workforce, the better we can adapt to and reflect the needs of society. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and as a staff member you will become part of an inclusive culture, where you will have the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through learning and development.

To Apply

The closing date for applications is 5 June 2024 at 23:59.

Interviews are provisionally set for 24 and 25 June 2024.

We will use video conferencing tools for the interviews. We will inform shortlisted candidates of the relevant details.

Please contact Peter Forrester if you would like to find out more information about this role on

No Agency Assistance Required: We appreciate the interest of recruitment agencies, however, we are managing this recruitment process internally. We request that agencies refrain from contacting us regarding this vacancy.

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