Council: Laverstock & Ford Parish Council

County: Wiltshire

Salary: SCP 33-36 £41,418 - £44,428 per annum (or pro-rata if part time)

Closing date: 31/03/2024 22:59

Parish Clerk

Applications must be returned by 31/03/2024 22:59

Hours: Full-Time (or Part-Time minimum of 30 hours per week)

Salary Scale: SCP 33-36 £41,418 – £44,428 per annum (or pro-rata if part time)

This is an exciting, varied and rewarding opportunity to provide strategic leadership and management for the highly committed staff team and support for councillors in a large parish serving a growing semi-rural community of ten thousand residents adjoining the City of Salisbury. Our community has changed dramatically over recent years due to the building of new housing developments at Bishopdown Farm, Riverdown Park, Old Sarum and Longhedge, a trend likely to continue if the Wiltshire Council Local Plan is adopted.

The Clerk to the Parish Council will lead the staff team and be accountable to the Council for the effective conduct of the council’s work. The clerk is under a statutory duty to carry out all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a Parish Council’s Proper Officer. The Clerk will be wholly responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Parish Council are carried out. The Clerk is expected to advise the Council on, and assist in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in respect of the Council’s activities and, in particular to produce all the information required for making effective decisions and to implement all decisions constructively.

The successful candidate must have effective leadership and interpersonal skills in order to guide the council in its decision-making process and demonstrate the ability to lead, manage and develop a small team of council staff. Core duties will include preparing agendas and reports, taking minutes, managing staff, property/land management and event organisation. The ideal candidate will be a CiLCA qualified clerk, although consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate relevant experience and who are willing to work towards the CiLCA qualification.

The person appointed will be accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and will report to them as and when required. The Clerk will line manage the Responsible Financial Officer who is responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances.

The parish council website can be found at:

Click here to download an application pack

Recruitment Timetable

  • Sunday 31 March at midnight – Closing date for applications
  • Week commencing Monday 1 April 2024 – Shortlisting. We intend to contact all candidates by the end of this week and let them know whether they will be invited to interview or not.
  • Interviews to take place on Friday 19 Candidates will be notified of outcome the following week once the Personnel Committee has taken place.

Applications must be made on the Parish Council’s application form which accompanies this application pack. Please do not submit a CV: any CV submitted will be disregarded for the purposes of this recruitment.

Completed applications should be sent to [email protected]

Please ensure that your application addresses how you meet the requirements of the job description and the person specification.