Vacancy at Thornage Parish Council

Thornage Parish Council are looking for a part-time Parish Clerk to work in support of the Council's 7 Councillors. The position would suit an experienced Clerk and could be one of a portfolio of similar positions. Alternatively, an organised, self -motivated, computer literate person, who is an effective communicator and willing to undertake professional training, would also suit this role.

The position is available from 22nd March 2021 and is home based for a minimum of 3 hours per week including one evening meeting bimonthly. A laptop is provided. Salary will be within the National Joint Council for Local Government Service's pay scales 7-15, £10.44-£12.24 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience, plus 22 days and 10 days’ bank holiday a year pro-rata. A short handover from a locum clerk will be arranged.

Main duties include:

  • Arranging, publicising and attending one Council meeting bimonthly typically in the evening, commencing at 6pm (currently via Zoom, usually at the Thornage Village Church)

  • Preparing agendas, meeting documentation and writing minutes

  • Act as the Responsible Financial Officer. Manage the Council's finances including preparing the budget, payment of invoices, reclaiming VAT and end of year accounts

  • Managing HMRC PAYE (Basic Tools)

  • Maintaining Council files and records

  • Updating the Council website and village noticeboard

  • Managing Council assets, including maintenance and insurance

  • Managing Council volunteers

  • Dealing with correspondence, including liaising with District & County Council's, local organisations and the public

  • Monitoring and updating the Council on relevant planning applications and responding where required

  • Ensuring current legislation and procedures are adhered to by informing and advising the Council and updating Council policies and processes

Relevant experience and/or qualifications would be advantageous but not essential. A willingness to undertake the CiLCA qualification, if not held, would be desirable.

For more information, please contact Dan Earp (Chairman) on 07899 894314  or . To apply, please send a letter of application with your CV to:

Closing date is Friday 12th March 2021, 5pm. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 15 March 2021 and are likely to be conducted remotely via Zoom, or by implementing social distancing measures according to government guidelines at the time.  Any candidate requiring special circumstances for an interview (for example shielding, so remote interview only) should make this known at the time of their application.  This will not affect the assessment of any candidate but is to ensure the Council can put appropriate measures in place.

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