General Info

Council: Kennington Community Council

County: Kent

Salary: LC1 above substantive range (SCP 13-17)

Closing date: 31/01/2021

Allotments Officer and Assistant Clerk

Applications must be returned by 31/01/2021

Kennington Community Council is a new urban parish council, established in April 2019, with 16 councillors representing some 4000 households in Ashford, Kent. Total precept in 2021/22 is £100,000.

The Role:

The district council will transfer statutory two allotments to the council in April 2021. The council is recruiting a part time Allotments Officer who will project manage this transfer, and thereafter be responsible for the day to day running of the allotments. Specific responsibilities will include arranging transfer of title and all records, establishing health and safety policy and practice, drafting and applying new tenancy agreements, setting up invoicing systems, contracting services such as maintenance and utilities, and liaising with plot holders.

In addition and following substantial growth in the activity of the council, the position will provide supplementary support to the current Clerk to the Council, as an Assistant Clerk. Responsibilities will include setting agendas and writing minutes for various Committees and other meetings, giving procedural advice, carrying out administrative tasks, and dealing with general enquiries and correspondence.

The Person:

The ideal candidate must have had previous experience in administrative positions, preferably in a local government role. Practical knowledge of allotments is preferred. Essential attributes are a sound working understanding of how a successful parish council works and a willingness to guide, help and support councillors in effortlessly achieving that ambition. Other important attributes include good IT capabilities, excellent interpersonal skills, organisational, administrative and financial skills, and the ability to be flexible and work on their own initiative. While some knowledge of the area would be desirable it is not essential.

The Offer:

For a suitable candidate the starting salary will be in the region of LC1 (above substantive range (SCP 13-17)), dependant on experience and qualifications, and reviewable annually. Core hours will be 14.8 hours per week (0.4 Full Time Equivalent), which may be averaged over a calendar month (64 hours per month). Working patterns are flexible to meet business requirements and will require attendance at some evening meetings. Paid holiday is included pro-rata and the position is part of a contributory pension scheme (Nest).

The position is suitable for home based/remote working but travel to allotments and meeting venues in Kennington will be required.
Training will be provided, and the successful applicant will be expected to obtain Introduction to Local Council Administration (ILCA) certification within 24 months of appointment.

The position is permanent, subject to satisfactory completion of an initial probationary period.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021.

Anyone wishing to apply should contact the Clerk on 07928 824 482 or by email clerk@kenningtoncc.gov.uk