Recruitment of Parish Clerk

Do you want to serve the community and work in Hawkhurst?  If you do, we could have the job for you – as the Parish Council is looking for a new clerk.  

The role

The Clerk to the Council will advise the Council on and assist with the formulation of Council policies and will produce all information required for the Council to make effective decisions. You will have the responsibility for ensuring that the instructions of the Council, arising from its functions, are implemented and responsible for the administration of all functions of the Council.

The Clerk will ensure open and effective communications with residents, Councillors and all key stakeholders and will ensure the annual precept information and paperwork, once approved by the Parish Council, is submitted to the relevant local authority within specified deadlines.

What you will be doing

You will advise the Council on legal, statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council, ensure the legal, statutory and other provisions governing or affecting the running of the Council are observed.

You will ensure that health and safety procedures, including risk assessment and insurance obligations are met for all Council activities and properties owned or leased by the Council, monitor and balance the Council’s accounts.

You will keep all Council policies and procedures up to date ensuring compliance and recommend amendments as necessary in line with relevant legislation and guidance and monitor the performance of the Council and implementation of council policies to ensure they are achieving the desired result and where appropriate suggest modifications. Where appropriate, to produce reports for circulation and discussion by the Council.

The hours of work are 30 per week. The normal working pattern will be Monday 9am to 4pm and Tuesday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break each day. Two paid hours per week are for attending evening meetings. Should evening meetings be less than 2hrs per week, then the balance will be made up in office hours. Should evening meetings be more than 2hrs per week, then time off in lieu will be given.  

The salary range is £29,174 to £32,975 (this is the full-time equivalent rate).

For those interested in applying please see our recruitment site.  Applications need to be submitted by midnight on 18th September 2022.