Coberley Parish Council seeks to appoint new Clerk

PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY – CLERK & RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER (RFO)

Coberley Parish Council is seeking a successor to the Clerk & RFO, who is, sadly, leaving the post due to other commitments. The Parish Council comprises 5 councillors (currently one vacancy) and serves a small parish of approximately 300 people. We are proud of our energetic approach to our community’s life and its issues and, as such, we are seeking a Clerk who will display similar enthusiasm, flexibility and initiative. Visit https://www.coberleyparish.co.uk for more information about the Council and its activities.

The successful candidate will:

  • ensure that statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council are observed; ensure that Council’s obligations for risk assessment are properly met.
  • be required to attend regular Council meetings (6 per year), the Annual Assembly as well as any special meetings which become necessary; produce agendas (in conjunction with the Chairman and appropriate members) and minutes. During the current health crisis, all meetings are held via Zoom.
  • implement the decisions made by the Council.
  • deal with all communication with the Parish Council (mail, e-mail, telephone, verbal) and maintain appropriate records; issue correspondence as a result of instructions of, or the known policy of, the Council.
  • act as the representative of the Council as required, including attendance at external meetings, conferences or seminars.
  • manage the Council’s web site in conjunction with the Chairman and appropriate members.
  • be involved with the Chairman and Council members as appropriate in the Council’s public relations activities, including preparation of press release material. 
  • be the Council’s RFO and manage all financial transactions, including council insurance, salaries, payments, bank accounts; keep proper records of account and produce annual accounts in preparation for audit; manage the audit process; prepare regular financial reports for the Council; maintain register of Council assets and Transparency Code information.
  • be expected to attend appropriate training courses, at the Parish Council’s expense.

In addition to instances mentioned specifically above, general support is given by councillors.

The successful candidate will be computer literate, have a good command of the English language, be competent in accounting processes and figure work and will work from home. Ideally, the candidate will have the CiLCA qualification, Community Governance Level 4 or above, or be willing to work towards qualification following appointment.

The contract, which will be subject to a three-month probationary period, will be for a basic 4 hours per week on the national salary scale SCP 6 to 11 (£10.24 to £11.30/hour). Starting salary level will be agreed in accordance with the candidate’s abilities and experience. This role requires flexibility to handle the varying workload demands. As such, the successful candidate will be required to work additional hours when the Council’s caseload or projects necessitate.

A Council laptop, filing cabinet and shredder will be provided and where appropriate, an allowance will be paid for use of own office equipment and other office expenses. Mileage allowance for use of own car will be paid at the rate recommended by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.

To apply, please e-mail the Chair of the Council, Duncan McGaw, duncanmcgaw@hotmail.com enclosing your CV and including all relevant experience and qualifications, by Friday 26 February 2021.

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