Vacancies

High Halstow Parish Council  

Following the retirement of a long-standing colleague, High Halstow Parish Council are looking to recruit a part time street cleaner to join their team of two operatives.

The ideal candidate should enjoy working outdoors in all kinds of weather, be physically fit and be able to work well using their own initiative.
Duties to include collecting waste from public bins, pushing a street cleaning barrow, using litter picking tools and hand brushes, cleaning messy and dirty areas and simple record keeping.

Hours of work consist of 18 hours per week, paid at an hourly rate of £9.65. Standard holiday leave and Bank Holiday entitlements apply. Full training and PPE provided.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to

Mrs J. Allen, Clerk to High Halstow Parish Council, by Friday 18th February 2022.

Email: clerk@highhalstow-pc.gov.uk

Postal Address: Mrs J. Allen,

Clerk to High Halstow Parish Council,
50 Pepys Way,
Strood, Rochester,
Kent,
ME2 3LL.
Meopham Parish Council

 Meopham Parish Council is seeking to recruit an Assistant Clerk.  This is an exciting opportunity for a community minded and motivated individual, to undertake this interesting and varied post in assisting and deputising for the Parish Clerk in supporting a very active parish council. 

Meopham is the longest village in England and is a large rural parish with a population of approximately 7000, situated within the Gravesham area of Kent. The Assistant Clerk in conjunction with the Clerk will support the efficient delivery of the council’s services and maintenance of its facilities. The council has four standing committees reporting to it and is responsible for the management of various assets in the parish.

We are seeking an Assistant Clerk who is enthusiastic and flexible, with excellent interpersonal, administrative and IT skills and who can assist the Parish Clerk in ensuring that all key legal, financial and other governance requirements are met. The successful applicant will be encouraged and given support to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification. Previous local government experience is not essential although would be advantageous.

This is a part-time role working (Covid-permitting) in the Parish Office, currently located at Meopham Windmill, for 30 hours per week. There may be opportunities to work at home on a limited basis subject to approval from the Council. The role will include attendance at a number of evening and daytime meetings in Meopham therefore flexibility on the number of hours worked each week is essential.

Please click here for Job Description

Salary: The salary will be set at an appropriate level based upon experience and skillset, within the ‘above substantive range’ of the National Joint Council (NJC) LC1 pay scale. This ranges from point 13, £11.76 per hour, to point 17, £12.73 per hour. A backdated increase from April 2021 is pending. Benefits include enrolment in the Kent Pension Scheme.

How to apply: Please email a covering letter and CV to the Clerk; Shaun Fishenden: clerk@meopham.org. The letter should include your period of notice required and contact details for two referees, including your current or most recent employer. We will not contact references until permission has been given.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 21st January 2022

Interview Date: Thursday 27th January 2022

Westbere Parish Council

 Westbere Parish Council has a vacancy for a Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer.  The role is home based but also involves attendance at the regular monthly meetings and other adhoc meetings as well as other aspects of the council’s activities. Salary according to experience in accordance with the NJC salary scales. Hours are 40 per month.

The Clerk is responsible for ensuring that the Council as a whole, conducts all aspects of its business properly, providing independent, objective and professional advice and support. You will ensure every aspect of all of the Council’s meetings and activities are managed efficiently and properly. You will provide all necessary administrative support to the Council and its members to enable them to perform their function effectively.

Duties for this home-based appointment include: 

o attending a minimum of 10 evening Full Parish Council Meetings per year usually held on the third Monday of each month. Additionally, there is a requirement to hold the Annual Electors’ Meeting each year (between 01 March and 01 June), as well the occasional day-time meeting/site meetings 

o preparing the agendas and taking minutes 

o giving procedural advice 

o carrying out the Council’s administrative tasks 

o keeping financial records; preparing accounts and the annual precept budget. As Responsible Financial Officer, you will manage the all aspects of the Council’s finances including budgeting, monitoring expenditure, VAT and the production of all relevant accounting statements as well as the audit process. 

o dealing with general enquiries and correspondence 

o liaising with contractors 

o updating and co-ordinating the Parish Council website

The successful applicant will have good communication, administrative and literacy skills as well as a good IT skill set covering the various packages required to carry out the functions of the Clerk/RFO. The Clerk needs to be organised, have the ability to be flexible and able to show initiative. Where required training will be provided.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in local government / a clerk role. The successful candidate will hold one of the Clerk’s National Qualifications or be prepared to work towards it to achieve it successfully by January 2023.

The ability to work well with the team is as important as qualifications. You must be comfortable with the ever-changing demands of the position.

The successful candidate will hold a clean driving licence, use of own laptop or computer and have some secure storage space for council documents at their home.

For a suitable candidate the starting salary will be in the region of SCP 19 (FTE £25,481 pro-rata to £6,357 (pay review pending), dependant on experience and qualifications, and reviewable after one year of satisfactory service. The position offers membership to the Kent County Council Local Government Pension Scheme where the successful candidate will pay 5.5% of their salary into it and the parish council is a contributing employee at 23.9% of the pensionable salary.

The start date is negotiable and could be immediate. There would be an early review of the role and duties and hours after appointment.

There would be a trial period of 3 months, provided this proves satisfactory, a contract between the two parties will be signed.

Applicants wishing to apply should contact the Clerk, Amanda Sparkes, for an Application Form, together with the Job Description and Person Specification and List of all duties to be undertaken. Email clerk@westbereparishcouncil.gov.uk. For an informal chat about the role call Amanda on 01304 365972.  

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