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.



Lavant Parish Council

Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

£14.46 per hour (SCP 24)

12 hours per week, place of work to be agreed

including attendance at evening meetings

Lavant Parish Council is looking to appoint a Parish Clerk & RFO with the drive, determination and organisational skills to manage a varied workload.

In addition to managing the day-to-day work of the Parish Council, the post holder will work closely with Councillors to plan and implement the aims and objectives of the Council.

The ideal applicant will have financial & administrative experience, the ability to deliver projects on time and within budget and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for working with residents and local organisations.

To apply, please request an application pack including a Person Specification, Job Description & Application Form by emailing Please note that CVs will not be accepted, applicants must complete and return an application form to apply.

Closing date for all applications: 30th November 2019





Job title: Town Clerk (Council Manager) and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Organisation: Whitehill Town Council

Salary: starting salary of £39,782 - £47,896 (New SCP 37 - 45) with progression up to £52,869 (New SCP 49) for qualified, exceptional candidates, in line with the needs and development of the Town.

Pension: Local Government Pension Scheme

Application deadline: Monday 18th November at 16:00.

Email address:

Phone number: 01420-473123


Whitehill Town Council is seeking a dynamic, forward-looking town clerk, to be known as the Council Manager, to guide council as it works to support outside bodies and residents through a period of change as the town develops. The role demands good leadership, self-motivation, administrative, financial and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, lateral thinking and an ability to forge strong partnerships. You will be determined that the council meets local government best practice standards and will ensure the efficient and effective implementation of council decisions. You will also ensure that the council is prepared for the future and maximises opportunities to serve the community by exploring new opportunities and accessing grants. The successful candidate will have a proven track record in senior administrative and financial management, and will ideally already hold qualified clerk status. An application pack can be obtained from the council’s website at

Interviews to be held week of Monday 2nd December to Thursday 5th December 2019.

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.