Council: Lewes Town Council

County: East Sussex

Salary: Between £58,583 – £65,803, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications

Closing date: 04/08/2023

Town Clerk and RFO

Applications must be returned by 04/08/2023

Nestled between hills in the South Downs National Park, Lewes is a historic and charming market town and also the county town of East Sussex. Famous for its bonfire night celebrations and independent spirit, the town is also widely renowned for its mix of independent businesses and galleries, historic sites and beautiful open spaces and countryside.

Lewes Town Council is the most local tier of government and with an annual budget of circa £1.6millon, a team of approx. 16 hard-working staff and assets including mixed-use community venues, open spaces and allotments, it’s a varied and exciting place to work where no two days are ever the same.

We’re looking for an experienced Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) to take the lead, ensuring the council meets its legal obligations and provides high quality facilities and services to residents. The ideal candidate will be:

  • A local government guru: have a passion for local government and proven experience as a Town or Parish Clerk, and hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA)
  • A fan of finance: comfortable managing budgets, forecasting and planning, working with data and delivering excellent value
  • A master manager: with excellent leadership and people skills and a talent for developing capacity and supporting staff development
  • A champion communicator: capable of building partnerships and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders, great negotiation skills and experience of public engagement
  • A pro project manager: possessing strong organisational and project management skills, ideally with experience in business planning, risk management and asset management

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive, and you should read the Job Description and Person Specification for the full details of the role and what we’re looking for.

We’re offering some great perks for the successful applicant and pride ourselves on being a brilliant and inclusive place to work:

  • A competitive salary between £58,583 – £65,803, dependent on skills, experience and qualifications
  • Options for flexible working arrangements
  • Enrolment in the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 23 days annual leave (and 2 extra statutory days), plus bank holidays
  • A central Lewes working location, with allocated car parking space and great public transport links

Sound like the perfect job for you? Applications for this role are accepted via our online application form and we’d love you to apply. If you need this information in an alternative format, or require any reasonable adjustments to be made, please let us know.

Click here for further information including a job description and person specification.

For more information about the role, please contact the Interim Town Clerk, Francesca Pridding, at [email protected].

The closing date for applications is Friday 4 August.