Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Quidhampton Parish Council (QPC) is seeking a Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer, starting 1 April 2021.

The successful candidate will have good administrative skills, with an ability to get things done. They will also be a ‘gatekeeper’ helping the council to recognise and develop opportunities of benefit to the community. Open communication skills and IT literacy are important (Word and Excel essential). Knowledge and familiarity with Quidhampton, pop. about 400, and its setting will be an advantage.

The administrative work includes the preparation of meetings, minutes, agendas and briefings, preparing budgets and accounts, and from time to time also consultations, planning applications, and enquiries from the public.

The role is part-time at 5 hours per week. Bi-monthly council meetings are held in the evening, currently on Zoom. The indicative rate is £10.50-£13.00 / hr depending on experience and qualifications.  Experience in parish council procedures and/or public administration is desirable, but not essential as training will be available.

For more information about Quidhampton and the Parish Council, including past minutes, community posting, village newsletters etc. visit the parish council website at https://parishcouncil.quidhampton.org.uk/ Please enquire to the Chair of Quidhampton Parish Council, Howard Rowley at stables.denise@btinternet.com or phone on 01722 744617. A CV and application to the Chair will be required by 5 March.

We consider Quidhampton has a fulfilling and rewarding part-time clerk role to offer to someone with a passion to help community life prosper in a pleasant and active village. We imagine the job could interest an established clerk to add to their portfolio in a different community setting. Alternatively the job could suit an experienced professional with administrative and managerial experience who is willing to learn about the legal and local authority requirements.

The clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer. The role of clerk requires knowledge of legal and statutory requirements relating to Parish Councils. A Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) is desirable or alternatively the willingness to work towards achieving the qualification.

The financial affairs of the council are administered by the clerk, for which the ‘Precept’ (annual budget) is expected to be £11,500 for the financial year 2021/22.