The role of a special adviser is to add a political dimension to the advice and assistance available to Ministers and Secretaries of State thereby enabling the political impartiality of the Permanent Civil Service to be maintained. The Conservative Party is recruiting for communications and digital roles. Anyone who takes on a special adviser role in Government is subject to security vetting checks.
Special advisers provide political advice to ministers but also communicate the minister’s views to the department, the press, and on occasion the Party. They must cultivate a strong working knowledge of departmental business so they are able to effectively support ministerial and governmental priorities.
The role may involve reviewing papers going to the minister, liaising with departmental officials, and advising the minister on party political issues, particularly the presentation of new policies and major news stories. Special advisers may be called on to support ministers with Party functions like conference, ensuring Minister’s views are clearly articulated both within departments, across the party, and to the press.
Further information on the role of special advisers and how they work with Ministers and civil servants can be found in the special adviser Code of Conduct.
Further information on the status and required conduct of special advisers can be found in the code of conduct and the model contract.
Please include a showreel and/or portfolio of previous work for digital role applications.