Senior Assistant Clerk

  • Closing date: 17/04/2017
  • Shortlisting completed and applicants notified of the outcome: 28/04/2017 (date change)
  • Interviews: 05/05/2017, 08/05/2017 and 12/07/2017 (additional date added)
Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.  Last updated 26/04/2017

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A day in the life - Heather Lyall, Senior Assistant Clerk, Committee Office

"Committees are an essential part of the Parliament’s scrutiny and play an important role in holding the Scottish Government to account. I work behind the scenes to support this process. A typical day for a Senior Assistant Clerk would involve briefing the Convener; planning the upcoming work programme; producing committee papers; writing reports and providing guidance to the rest of the team. You need to be really organised, constantly think ahead, keep up to date on the issues and monitor the latest political goings on.  Meeting days tend to be busy and I’ll sit at the table to support the Convener to keep proceedings on track in terms of timing and procedure.  If you want to be right in the middle of politics and the parliamentary process, the Committee Office is the place to be." 

A week in the life - Nick Hawthorne, Senior Assistant Clerk, Non-Governmental Bills Unit

I work as part of a team that provides advice and support to MSPs and committees that want to bring forward their own legislation. Our work is extremely varied as we can work with any MSP who is not part of the Government, as well as outside groups, on any devolved issue. A typical week could involve: meeting with an MSP to discuss a proposal for a new piece of legislation; researching a particular subject area; meeting with the Parliament’s solicitors to discuss legal issues; liaising with our external drafters to discuss the wording and effects of a new piece of legislation; clerking a meeting of a committee; meeting with visitors to the Parliament to explain and discuss our work; and drafting consultation papers, reports or speeches for MSPs.