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Executive Officer

Council: Blackwater & Hawley Town Council

County: Hampshire

Salary: SCP 38 – 42 (From 1 April 2019, £40,760 - £44, 632 pa)

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an ambitious Town Council in Hampshire. With 8 councillors and a dozen staff, Blackwater & Hawley was one of the first parish councils in the country to build and run its own leisure centre.

Blackwater & Hawley has a population of approximately 5,000. It covers an area stretching from the M3 just north of Fleet to the River Blackwater, which forms the county boundary with Berkshire and Surrey. The parish includes the rural area of Minley as well as the more urban areas of Blackwater and Hawley. The Budget for 2019/20 is £306,422, of which £157,705 will be raised from the Council Tax Precept and the rest from income earned from our facilities.
 
The Council runs its own leisure centre and halls complex, with dozens of local groups providing activities such as Cardio-Rehabilitation Classes, Tai Chi, Pilates, Zumba, Rock Fit, 50+ Dancercise, Tap, Diet & Exercise Classes, U3A, W.I., Children’s Dance Classes, Karate, Kung Fu, Self Defence, Netball, Squash, Holistic Therapies, Physiotherapy, Bridge Club, Bowls Club, Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, Junior Football, and Parent & Baby Classes.
 
Housing development within the parish means there will be significant leisure contributions available over the next year or two, which provide an exciting opportunity to establish new facilities whilst refreshing our current offer. A much underused licensed bar also provides a great opportunity for the Town Council’s facilities to be at the heart of the local community. In addition, the Town Council also looks after various open spaces, outdoor sports facilities and a cemetery. The Council is a key partner on the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and is represented on a range of other bodies.
 
This is a real opportunity for an experienced, dynamic and innovative individual who will pragmatically seek to meet the aspirations of the Council. You will need to be able to provide strong leadership and build a wide range of positive working relationships with councillors, staff and partner organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
 
You may be an experienced and qualified parish or town council clerk, or you may have a successful track record elsewhere in local government or the leisure industry, or a legal or finance background in the commercial/private sector and are prepared to qualify quickly as a Town Clerk.
 
Like all town councils, Blackwater & Hawley faces budgetary pressures and rising demand for services. It is therefore essential that you have the vision to provide advice and strategic direction which will lead the Town Council through exciting times of challenge and opportunity in the future. This is a politically restricted post.
 
For a recruitment pack including the job description, person specification and job application form please see:  www.blackwaterandhawleytowncouncil.gov.uk
 
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29th March 2019.
 
Interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned to take place on 15th April 2019.

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