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.



Westmeston Parish Council - parish Clerk & RFO

Closing Date:

Work Place: Home based

Hours: 5 per week

Rate of pay: TBC

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Seaford Town Council - Project Support Officer (Facilities) – Maternity Cover

Closing Date: Monday 2nd September 2019

Work Place: Town Council Office

Hours: 28 hours per week (days negotiable), maternity cover basis

Rate of pay: SCP 10 £20,751 per annum (pro rata)

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Seaford Town Council - Marketing and Events Coordinator

Closing Date: Monday 9th September 2019

Work Place: The View and Seaford Head Golf Course

Hours: 14 hours per week (days negotiable)

Rate of pay: SCP 7 £19,554 per annum (pro rata)

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Locum Clerk Opportunities

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Uckfield Town Council - a locum RFO (with some Assistant Clerk duties) is required as soon as possible until the middle of October 2019 for 2-3 days a week (15-22 hours) and with a rate of pay of £35 per hour.

The Town Clerk requires someone to cover the RFO responsibilities (finance, accounting, experience of using SAGE within a large organisation or at least thorough knowledge in SAGE and personnel). The Town Council has a restaurant, grounds staff and Civic Centre and other halls/pavilions/sports pitches to hire and therefore it is essential that the locum has a good knowledge of SAGE and can also very quickly gain an understanding of the Town Council’s processes.