Council: Ferndown Town Council

County: Dorset

Salary: £39,782 - £43,662 (depending on experience)

Closing date: 16/03/2020 12:00

Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

Applications must be returned by 16/03/2020 12:00

Ferndown Town Council is one of the largest town council’s in Dorset with a population of 26,559. It is overseen by 17 councillors, including the Town Mayor, across 7 parish wards. The council is also the sole trustee for the King George’s Field Charity, a 50 acre playing area of open space set aside in perpetuity for sport and recreation.

The council is seeking to appoint a forward-thinking town clerk who can manage the council’s statutory requirements as its Proper Officer, lead the staff team and promote the interests and development of the town. Strong leadership qualities are essential in order to help the council develop strategically.

This is a particularly exciting time for the town council following its decision to take over the management of Ferndown’s community centre based in the town centre. We are therefore looking for an excellent team-builder to enthuse and motivate an expanding team.

As you would be the Responsible Financial Officer for the town council, the successful candidate will have a proven track record in financial management. Experience of payroll procedures, financial management and budget setting is a must.

The town clerk may also be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities commensurate with the post of Administrator to The King George V Charity.
The successful candidate will preferably be CiLCA qualified, but consideration will be given to a suitable candidate willing to obtain the qualification within 12 months of appointment. Local Government experience would also be an advantage.

Whilst most of your hours will be office-based during the week, you will need to be flexible to attend events outside of your normal working hours including occasional weekends. You will be required to work some evenings to accommodate council & Committee meetings, which you will be responsible for clerking.

How to apply:

To apply for the position, please submit the following documents which can be found below or downloaded from

1. Application Form
2. Application Monitoring Form

The job description and person specification can also be found below:

Job Description & Person Specification

Preferably completed documents should be sent via email to [email protected]

Alternatively, you may hand deliver or post the documents to:

Acting Town Clerk
Ferndown Town Council
Barrington Centre
Pennys Walk
BH22 9TH

Applications must be returned by: Monday 16 March 2020 (Midday)
Interviews will be held: Week commencing 23 March 2020

For an informal discussion please contact Tina Dudley, Acting Town Clerk, on 01202 892249.