Parish & Town Council Vacancies

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This is a full-time position, 37 hours a week. Some flexibility is essential in order to attend evening meetings and represent the Council at events as necessary.

Salary range in the region of £28-30,000 pa according to qualifications and experience, plus enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

At present, working from home, but normally based at the Parish Office alongside the Deputy Clerk and the Grounds/Handyperson.

The person appointed will require good interpersonal and communication skills, be an effective manager and competent to act as the Council’s Proper Officer. CILCA qualified, with Clerk experience or of a similar nature.

The Clerk is expected to provide sound advice to the Council in line with the legal requirements and work with the Council to expedite projects and decisions. Good IT and literacy skills are required as are reliability and integrity.

Ideally the appointee should have sufficient financial experience to maintain SAGE accounts and manage the financial affairs of the Council including drawing up an annual budget and precept request, PAYE, HMRC returns and pension payments, monthly bank reconciliations and year-end accounts in preparation for audit

Completed applications should be returned to the Chairman, Cllr. Maggie Hill at (Telephone 01425 614609 for any queries.

Further information can be found on the parish council website  

Job Description      Person Specification      Application Form


Closing Date for applications - Wednesday 24th March 2021







Salary Scale: SPC 34 – 36 (£37,890 - £39,880 per annum) (plus Local Government Pension Scheme. Full time: 37 hours per week.

Wareham is a thriving and dynamic Town Council, embracing change and ensuring it takes advantage of the opportunities this offers while engaging with our local community. You could be part of this by working at the heart of the Council, supporting the Clerk in all areas of responsibility but also taking ownership of assigned projects or activities.

Wareham is a Saxon Town in Dorset and is the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, lying south-west of Poole and on the river Frome. It is a thriving market town where the past and the present co-exist happily.

The Town Council has 16 Councillors and committees covering Amenities, Policy, Resources and Finance, Planning and Transport, Museum and Personnel. The Council has representatives on many groups and organisations – such as those linked to Dorset Council and others outside the local government sector. The new staff structure is made up of 5 officers and 4 outside staff.

Wareham Town Council aims to deliver services of the highest quality whilst providing value for money. It endeavours to promote the wishes of local residents through consultation and by representation to Dorset Council. The Town Council is political, currently Liberal Democrat led. The Town Council aims to act in the best interests of residents of Wareham and conducts its business in an open and democratic manner.

The Town Council is experiencing a number of challenges and opportunities which, following a full staff review, has led to the creation of the new post of Deputy Town Clerk. The Council is about to develop its first Corporate/Strategic Plan and the post holder will be fundamental in ensuring that the Council meets its objectives. The Council is also working on a Neighbourhood Plan, which has just been submitted to Dorset Council for consultation, and a Climate Change Action Plan.

The Town Council is seeking to appoint a forward thinking and proactive Deputy Town Clerk to support and deputise for the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer in undertaking the work of the Council, and to work closely and actively with the Clerk and elected members to develop services. The key duties and responsibilities are detailed in the job description and person specification.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have relevant experience and a track record of achievement, innovation and commitment to public service. They must also be motivated and community focused and possess sound communication and organisational skills.

A Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification is essential, as is knowledge of local government organisation and procedures.

For an informal discussion about the post contact Vanessa Ricketts, Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer. Telephone 01929 553006 or 07496 109571  

Full Application Pack including Job Description and Person Specification            Application Form 


Closing date for applications - Friday 26 February 2021

Please send applications to 


   The provisional date for interviews is 11 March 2021