Bingley Town Council wishes to expand its office team by recruiting a full time Deputy Clerk to the Council. Bingley Town Council is at an exciting point in its development and following a recent review of its staffing structure now wishes to expand its team with the appointment of a Deputy Clerk. The role will involve supporting, working with and deputising for the Town Clerk. The role will also include acting as Proper Officer to the council when the Town Clerk is absent and the post holder will provide independent, objective and financial advice to the council. This is a key role that requires energy, enthusiasm and commitment. The person appointed will have a can-do, flexible approach to the role and a strong desire to grow with the post as the town council develops.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have relevant experience; a track record of service achievement, be motivated, proactive and flexible in approach. This is an opportunity for a forward-thinking individual to join an organisation which will provide opportunities for self-development and to work at the centre of a community focused organisation.
Applicants will need to be available to work regularly in the evenings and occasional weekends, for which time off in lieu by mutual agreement will be granted.
The role of the Deputy Clerk will primarily be:
- The overall purpose of the role is to assist, support and deputise for the Town Clerk in all aspects of the day-to-day management and operation of council services and resources in line with relevant laws and statutory obligations to ensure compliance. This means that the role mirrors many of the accountabilities, duties and responsibilities of the Town Clerk.
- To show leadership
- Assist the Town Clerk in the management of the council’s finances and buildings management.
- To manage and lead the council’s “Green and Clean” initiatives.
- To have responsibility for the book keeping parts of the town council finances, to prepare budget reports and financial information as required.
- Assist the Town Clerk in monitoring and control of the council’s day to day financial records and accounts, subject to instruction from the Town Clerk/ Responsible Financial Officer or to deputise during holiday/absence periods
- To issue notices, prepare agendas and minutes for various of the Council’s committees, to clerk these meetings and undertake follow-up work as required.
The town council will also include other tasks as required to ensure the smooth running of the Council. The job is varied with no two days being the same.
The successful applicant will have strong communication and literacy skills as well as a good IT skill set, as they will be interacting with the public, councillors and other organisations in both verbal and written formats. The Deputy Clerk will be a team player, but able to work on their own without close supervision and able to show initiative when required, in what is likely to be an emerging role.
Training will be provided to the post-holder, with opportunities for continuing professional development in multiple areas.
The role is full time 37 hours per week. There will be some evening and occasional weekend work. The town council will appoint at LC2, (below substantive range), scale point 18 on the NJC scale £24,982 per annum for an unqualified candidate, or LC2 (substantive range), scale point 24, £28,672 per annum, for a qualified candidate.
The town council offers 24 days leave per year, plus bank holidays and is a member of the NEST pension scheme. Employees will be auto enrolled into the scheme after three months’ service. Post pandemic, the postholder will be based in the new council Hub in the centre of Bingley.
Successful candidates for interview will be required to undertake a short test to help assess their suitability for the role.
Applications are invited by completing the application form available on the Town Council website: www.bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk which should be sent to the Town Clerk, Ms Ruth Batterley to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective candidates are welcome to call (Tel: 07703 188660) to discuss the post or seek additional information, including the job description and person specification, prior to submitting an application.
Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd March at noon.
The town council will wait for the stricter Covid restrictions to be lifted to enable the council to carry out interviews in person. The council will advise successful candidates selected for interview of the interview date once the stricter restrictions are removed.