Assistant Clerk - Job Vacancy

Assistant Clerk Vacancy – Meopham Parish Council

Meopham Parish Council is seeking to recruit an Assistant Clerk.  This is an exciting opportunity for a community minded and motivated individual, to undertake this interesting and varied post in assisting and deputising for the Parish Clerk in supporting a very active parish council.

Meopham is the longest village in England and is a large rural parish with a population of approximately 7000, situated within the Gravesham area of Kent.  The Assistant Clerk in conjunction with the Clerk will support the efficient delivery of the council’s services and maintenance of its facilities. The council has four standing committees reporting to it and is responsible for the management of various assets in the parish.

We are seeking an Assistant Clerk who is enthusiastic and flexible, with excellent interpersonal, administrative and IT skills and who can assist the Parish Clerk in ensuring that all key legal, financial and other governance requirements are met. The successful applicant will be encouraged and given support to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification. Previous local government experience is not essential although would be advantageous.

This is a part-time role working (Covid-permitting) in the Parish Office, currently located at Meopham Windmill, for 30 hours per week.  There may be opportunities to work at home on a limited basis subject to approval from the Council. The role will include attendance at a number of evening and daytime meetings in Meopham therefore flexibility on the number of hours worked each week is essential.

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Salary:  The salary will be set at an appropriate level based upon experience and skillset, within the ‘above substantive range’ of the National Joint Council (NJC) LC1 pay scale. This ranges from point 13, £11.76 per hour, to point 17, £12.73 per hour. A backdated increase from April 2021 is pending.  Benefits include enrolment in the Kent Pension Scheme.

How to apply: Please email a covering letter and CV to the Clerk; Shaun Fishenden: clerk@meopham.org. The letter should include your period of notice required and contact details for two referees, including your current or most recent employer. We will not contact references until permission has been given.  

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 21st January 2022

Interview Date: Thursday 27th January 2022