Job Title: Parish Clerk
Contractual Hours: Starting at 20 hours per week
Annual Salary range: LC1(10-17) to LC2 20 NALC/SLCO £11523.20 – £14050.40 (gross pro rata pa £21322- £25,991)
A vacancy has arisen within Audlem Parish Council (APC) for the role of Parish Clerk and Proper Officer. The role reports into the Chair of Audlem Parish Council. The Clerk is employed by the Council (under section 112 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972) to provide administrative support for the Council's activities.
The Clerk's primary responsibility is to advise APC on whether its decisions are lawful and to recommend ways in which decisions can be implemented. To support this, the Clerk will be expected to research topics of concern to the Council and provide unbiased information to help the Council to make appropriate choices.
Excellent administration and organisational skills are required as duties include the preparation of agendas, organising and attending the monthly Parish meeting to take minutes, management of Parish Council sites, line management of the Lengthsman and other contractors where appropriate.
The successful applicant will need to demonstrate good communication skills, attention to detail, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality. The Clerk has responsibility for payments, record keeping and accounts therefore knowledge of financial processes would be an advantage. Training will be available for the selected candidate in all technical aspects of the role if required.
Good IT skills are essential as the Parish Clerk will be responsible for electronic record keeping, responding to correspondence as well as working with the Chair and Council Members on the distribution of Parish information. This will include through the periodic Parish Council newsletter, maintenance of the Parish Council website and responding to enquiries from the public
The clerk is the often the public face of council so professionalism when addressing members of the parish is essential as well as the ability to liaise with external suppliers, other local government councils and businesses.
The Council have an ambition to achieve the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) as part of a lead up to Quality Council status, and the Parish Clerk would therefore be required works towards achievement of their SLCC qualifications, which may tie in with other relevant qualifications.
The Parish Clerk will predominantly be home based, and APC will provide the necessary IT equipment to work from home. The registered address of the parish council will be the Clerk’s home address.
Additional benefits of the role are 112 hours ( equivalent to 28 working days @ 4 hours a day) annual leave per year, plus bank holidays (pro-rata), and paid pension contributions.
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, for a full job description and supporting information, please email the interim clerk, Paul Barton for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLOSING DATE FRIDAY 5th March 2021 with the Council planning to shortlist by Monday 22 March 2021