General Info

Council: Hexham Town Council

County: Northumberland

Salary: NJC SCP30-36 (£34,373 - £40,578)

Closing date: 01/07/2022 12:00

Town Clerk

Applications must be returned by 01/07/2022 12:00

Hexham Town Council is seeking to appoint an innovative and enthusiastic Town Clerk/ Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) to support the 14 elected Councillors in achieving the aims and aspirations of the Council. This is a full-time position of 37 hours per week and not just about the formal responsibilities of the Council, but to provide guidance and proactive work in the strategic development and achievement of the Council’s plans.

The Council hopes the new Town Clerk will be able to start in mid-late September to allow a handover from the current Town Clerk.

Currently the happiest place to live in Great Britain (Rightmove’s 2021 Happy at Home Index), Hexham is at the heart of the Tyne Valley, with a medieval Abbey, independent shops, galleries, an Art Deco cinema, theatre and arts centre, walks, fishing, golf and many other activities all within walking distance. The town is also ideally located to explore Hadrian’s Wall (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding National Beauty, Kielder Water and Forest Park, the Sill Landscape Discovery Centre and the International Dark Skies Park.

The town has a population of approximately 13,000 and the Council’s 2022/23 revenue budget is £600,355, with a precept of £439,000. The Council operates an award-winning Cemetery, 8 Play areas, a skatepark and allotments, delivers a number of events, supports a wide range of local organisations with Grant Aid and other funding, and takes an active role in partnership working. The person appointed will manage the Council services, five staff, and take on a pivotal role in ensuring the Council continues to move forward.

Applications are invited from proactive experienced professionals with proven and demonstrable leadership and organisational skills. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a track record of service achievement, commitment to public service, possess sound managerial and communication skills, and are community-focussed. Excellent verbal and written skills are essential to work successfully with staff, Councillors, contractors, external organisations, stakeholders and the community.

The Council has adopted the General Power of Competence so a Certificate in Local Government Administration (CiLCA) qualification is required, or a willingness to achieve this soon after appointment. The Town Clerk has to attend regular evening meetings and occasional weekend events, for which time off in lieu is granted. Renumeration will be based on experience, within the National Joint Council pay scales SCP 30-36. An essential car users’ allowance will be paid and the Local Government Pension Scheme is also available to the successful candidate.

For an informal discussion and to apply (CVs will not be accepted), please contact or send a completed application form to clerk@hexhamtowncouncil.gov.uk. The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 1 July 2022.  Interviews will be held on Friday 15 July 2022.

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