Kingsley Village
in the heart of Cheshire

KINGSLEY PARISH COUNCIL

VACANCY

PART-TIME CLERK & RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER (RFO)

 

From Councillor Sue Billows:

 

We are so sorry that Louise our Parish Clerk has decided to embark on a new venture.. a Bed and Breakfast in Harlech. We all at the Parish Council wish her well and must admit I am waiting for the opportunity to book in.

Louise has made a massive contribution to getting the Parish Council up to speed and reorganizing a lot of our systems, we will be always grateful to her.

Louise's contribution has lead us to realize that increased legislative requirements mean more hours. For example, the cemetery is taking considerable time to manage. We now need to have someone in attendance at every funeral. Kingsley has been innundated with the planning application. The additional facilities at the newly named Kingsley Park ( Westbrook Playing Field) need constant monitoring to ensure it complies with Health and Safety and is a pleasant venue for all. General legislation, applications for Precepts and Grants are time-consuming and need a lot of thought, and the list can go on and on. The Boardroom is a great facility that makes the Parish Council open and approachable but does need manning.

Like many things in life, we have become more paperwork and less fun. We need a good administrator to keep us in line and give all the Councillors time to spend in the Community. I am not complaining, when we had no clerk, Councillor Critchley & I spent on average 45 hours a month, last year, just treading water & keeping on top of the necessary documentation. Other Councillors have spent a lot of time dealing with matters like Tarmac at Crowton, attending briefings and taking on projects. I ask you, would you do the same for no pay? The Parish Clerk is the only paid member of the team.

Please please if you are interested and want to know more call me or message me, I will be happy to talk to you on an informal basis and show you around the job... I also will be very honest re the highs and lows...

If you have got this far Thank You for reading my honest appraisal of the situation.

 

Kingsley Parish Council is seeking applications for a Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

The post is part-time, for approximately 16 hours per week, by arrangement, working from ‘The Boardroom’ in Kingsley.  Working hours are flexible but the post holder must be able to attend our monthly meetings.  We offer excellent terms and conditions of employment.  Annual salary is paid in accordance with the National Association of Local Councils and Society of Local Council (NALC) Pay Scale’ and Experience.  There is no requirement for the post holder to live within the parish.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the Parish Council conducts its business lawfully;
  • Administering the council’s financial affairs and keeping proper records;
  • Attending all council meetings (the third Tuesday evening of each month);
  • Ensuring that meeting papers are promptly prepared; and
  • Managing communications with the borough council and other organisations.
  • Managing Communications between Councillors, Members of the Public & circulation of correspondence received

 

Applicants should be computer-literate, experienced in the use of spreadsheets and accounts and have proven organisational and administrative skills.  Experience in local government is desirable but not essential. Full training will be given.

Further details of the role, including a job description and person specification, may be obtained from Councillor Jayne Black

To apply please send your CV with a covering letter highlighting your relevant qualifications, skills and experience by Friday 27th March 2020

 

Councillor Jayne Black

Address: High Lawn, Dark Lane, Kingsley, Frodsham, Cheshire. WA6 8BJ

Telephone: 07989 975942

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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