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Assistant to the Town Clerk

Council: Melksham Town Council

County: Wiltshire

Salary: £26,317 - £28,785

To succeed in this busy and demanding role, the applicant must relish the challenge of bringing ambitious ideas to fruition. While clerical and administrative skills are necessary, much of the role involves shrewd juggling and an ability to jump from very different tasks quickly, efficiently and with an eye for prioritising.

The Assistant to The Clerk is responsible for supporting the Town Clerk in discharging the duties of council and bringing to life the decisions made by council. Whether it’s researching the purchase of new equipment, going out to tender for major contracts, doing payroll, attending meetings in place of the Town Clerk, renegotiating supply contracts or building action plans, no day is the same.

The postholder will be responsible for managing the office and overseeing the work of two officers, while also providing the typical duties expected of a PA for the Town Clerk and the Town Mayor (diary management, arranging meetings, booking rooms, drafting correspondence, etc.).  Reporting to the clerk directly, you will be expected to complete ad-hoc and in-depth research, report writing and draft editing. The role requires an organised and strategic approach so that the duties of the Town Clerk are effectively delivered.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level but does not necessarily need specific experience of working in a town council or local authority, as they will receive thorough training in local government procedures. They will need to be comfortable representing the Town Clerk and able to advise elected members in her absence. A flexible approach and an ability to tackle a varied workload with competing priorities is central to succeeding in this role.

To apply, please send a completed application form and a covering letter to linda.roberts@melksham-tc.gov.uk

In your covering letter, please explain why you believe you would be a good fit for the role in question and why you want to join the team. Please keep it limited to one side of A4.

The application form can be obtained by emailing the Town Clerk on the address above or can be found on our website. https://www.melkshamtown.co.uk/news

Any questions or queries please call, Linda Roberts, Town Clerk on 01225 704187

Closing date: Friday 16th August 2019 at 9am.

Interviews: week commencing 2nd September 2019


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