Guidance notes for potential job applicants

We all know that interviews are a two way process – is the candidate a good fit for the employing council and is the council right for the candidate; there are a few steps of diligence that can be taken by both sides to minimise the risk of an unsuccessful appointment.

For the Council – ensure that the Council has a sound mechanism for appraisal, objective setting and mentoring new employees

For the candidate – make your own enquiries about the Council, drill down in its web site and if possible speak to the outgoing Clerk

At the interview – quite often candidates have no questions for the interview panel, this is the opportunity to satisfy yourself that this is the job for you and ask searching questions such as:

[a] What will you expect the successful candidate to achieve in the first 3 months?

[b] How do you deal with staff appraisal?

[c] Whilst the Council is my employer, who will be my point of contact on a day to day basis?

[d] What is the Council’s attitude towards assisted qualification training?


To apply for any of the vacancies on this page please download a pack, complete the application form and email to unless otherwise stated.



Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council - Assistant Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: Noon on 24 May 2019

Work Place: Parish Council Office

Hours: 15 - 20 per week

Rate of pay: SCP 24 – 28 £27,905 - £31,371 (pro rata) (dependent upon experience and qualifications)

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Queen's Park Community Council - Chief Officer

Closing Date: noon Monday 3rd June 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 30 hours per week

Rate of pay: Salary around £40,000 pro rata depending on qualifications and experience, plus London Weighting

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Kirdford Parish Council - Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: 14th June 2019

Work Place: Home

Hours: 30 hour per week

Rate of pay: commensurate with experience according to NJC Salary Scales

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Petworth Town Council - Town Clerk

Closing Date: 31st May 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: By arrangement

Rate of pay: negotiable salary according to experience on the Local Government SCP scale

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Locum Clerk Opportunities

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Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common PC – The requirement is for someone to support the Council for a period of 4 – 6 months, 16 hours per week at £35 per hour working from the Council’s offices.

Southwater Parish Council – The requirement is for someone to support the Council initially until the end of June but possibility of extension, hours by negotiation at £35 per hour, working from the Council’s offices in Beeston Square.

Westham Parish Council - A qualified and experienced Clerk & RFO is required immediately to support the work of the Parish Council which has 5,500 electors and a precept of £150,000.

Hours will be negotiable but at least 10 each week and a pay rate of £35 per hour, the post will be required until a permanent Clerk is appointed and takes up the position.