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Parish Clerk Vacancy

Alston Moor Parish Council serves the communities of Alston, Garrigill and Nenthead. Each community is different, but all have historic assets, charm and a long tradition of community spirit. 

We are now seeking to appoint a forward-thinking Parish Clerk/RFO who will manage the legal and statutory duties, bring drive, vision, commitment and continue to build a positive working relationship with Councillors, staff and partner organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

The applicant should have experience of financial management and an ability to understand local government law and procedure. Relevant experience is desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and people skills, together with computer competence (Word and Excel). Attendance at evening meetings is required. A qualification in CiLCA or a willingness to work towards this is essential as is a flexible approach to working – Please note CV’s will not be accepted.

Key Responsibilities:

The Parish Clerk is the Proper Officer of the Council and as such is under a statutory duty to conduct all the functions, and to serve all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s Proper Officer.

The Parish Clerk is the designated Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) and as such is under a statutory duty to conduct all the functions required by law of the Council’s responsible financial officer under S151 of the Local Government Act 1972 for all financial matters and records of the council. 

Job Offer

Hours – 65 per month with regular evening work.

Salary scale: SCP 13 – 17 (LC1) (£10,116.60 – £10,881) dependent on experience and qualifications.

The package includes a contributory NEST pension scheme, salary qualification increments, good holiday entitlement and flexible working. The post holder has the use of the council office and may also work from home when convenient. 

An application form and recruitment pack can be downloaded from the council’s website.

You can call the Clerk on 01434 382076 for an informal chat. 

Closing Date: Friday  26th May 2023

Interviews: week commencing Monday 12th  June

Alston Moor Parish Council is an equal opportunities employer. 

The post would be subject to a 6-month probationary period.

Further details available from the following links:

Application form (word)

Application form (pdf)

Job description

Person specification

Parish Council vacancies

Alston Ward has 3 vacancies and Nenthead Ward 1 vacancy. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the parish clerk for a co-option eligibility form.

No elections for Alston Moor

You do not need to attend the polling station on the 4th of May 2023 as the election for parish councillors in Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill were not contested.