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.

Chalvington with Ripe Parish Council - Clerk and RFO

Closing Date: 16th December 2019

Work Place: Homeworking except for attendance at Parish Council meetings

Hours: 26 hours per month

Rate of pay: £12.64 - £17.57 depending on experience

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Pevensey Parish Council - Clerk/RFO (maternity cover)

Closing Date: Friday 6th December 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 30 per week

Rate of pay: Salary offered for this position will be based on experience and any professional qualification achieved.

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Lancing Parish Council - Project Officer

Closing Date: 3rd January 2020

Work Place: Lancing Parish Hall

Hours: 15 hours per week on a 2-year Fixed Term Contract

Rate of pay: Salary SCP 20 (£25,295 pro rata)

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Locum Clerk Opportunities

For further information regarding any of the below please email


There are currently no locum opportunities in our area that we are aware of.


If you require a locum clerk please contact Trevor Leggo using the details above.