General Info

Council: Duston Parish Council

County: Northamptonshire

Salary: £25,419 (Pro Rota for 30 hours per week £20,610)

Closing date: 19/04/2022 12:00

Assistant Clerk

Applications must be returned by 19/04/2022 12:00

Start: Immediate

Location: Duston Community Centre, Pendle Road, NN5 6DT

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: 30 hours per week – Flexibility towards working hours will be required as there is a requirement to attend some evening meetings; however, there is also flexibility regarding workdays and timings.

Salary: £25,419 (Pro Rota for 30 hours per week £20,610)

About Duston Paris Council

Duston is a civil parish in West Northamptonshire and is part of the wider Northampton area. It has an electorate of just under 13,000 electors and precept (tax that parish council’s charge on domestic properties) of approximately £530,000. Following local government reorganisation last year Duston Parish Council now wishes to step up and deliver key services and projects which make our Parish a great place to live, work and play.


This is an exciting time to join Duston Parish Council and support its work with the community. Responsibilities to support and assist the Parish Clerk with the smooth running of the parish council’s administration include:

  • Attendance at meetings of the Council and Committees, sub-committees and other bodies, and advises on their powers, terms of reference and the interpretation of Standing Orders and other policies.
  • Draft and prepare agendas, minutes, reports and associated correspondence for Council
    and Committee meetings as required.
  • Supports the work and role of councillors through relevant administrative processes (e.g. registration of interests) and provides appropriate advice to them.
  • Implement decisions made by the Council at the direction of the Clerk.
  • To provide administration support to the Parish Clerk / RFO when required (e.g., letter
    writing and resident enquiries).
  • Maintaining the Parish Council’s financial administration on a day-to-day basis.
  • To undertake any training identified as part of the role and as part of continuing professional development including the successful completion of ILCA within 2 years.
  • Ensure all council policies and other documentation is correctly maintained under the direction of the Clerk and ensures these are uploaded to the website.

About you

Our ideal candidate supporting our clerking service for this friendly parish council will have:

  • Strong organisational, inter-personal and communication skills
  • A commitment to accuracy
  • You must have clerical and bookkeeping experience
  • Experience of communicating with members of the public
  • You must understand the importance of confidentiality
  • Local Government experience is desirable but not essential

Additional benefits

  • Generous holiday entitlement (24 days rising to 27 days after 5 years service) plus bank holidays (Pro rota for 30 hours a week).
  • Training to support you in your role and develop your career
  • Chance to direct and shape a progressive council making an impact on the community

For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Parish Clerk, Gary Youens via email on clerk@duston-pc.gov.uk, or telephone 01604 582626.

To download an application pack visit to the council’s website here.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 19 April at noon

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 2 May 2022