Council: Minehead Town Council

County: Somerset

Salary: SCP 42 – 47 (£45,859 - £51,702) dependent on experience and qualifications

Closing date: 01/11/2021 17:00

Town Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer

Applications must be returned by 01/11/2021 17:00

Minehead Town Council is seeking a full time Town Clerk/RFO.

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of an established but growing town council in an attractive town on the Somerset Coast. The new Town Clerk will serve a town with a population of circa. 12,000 working alongside 16 enthusiastic councillors all with the support of a team of 13 dedicated staff members.

You will be responsible as our Chief Officer for providing effective leadership and management of staff, services, and facilities. The Council manages a budget of £800,000, with a precept of £713,500.

Somerset is currently undergoing local government reorganisation. The county council and the district councils will be replaced with one unitary council in April 2023. The successful candidate will help to lead the council towards its aspiration of working with our principal authority on the emerging devolution agenda.


  • Location – Minehead
  • Permanent position with 6 months probationary period
  • Hours – 37 hours per week, with regular evening work and occasional weekends
  • Salary Scale: SCP 42 – 47 (£45,859 – £51,702) dependent on experience and qualifications

The package includes a contributory pension scheme, salary qualification increments, good holiday entitlement and flexible working.

What we are looking for:

You will have experience as a Town Clerk or Deputy Town Clerk or other senior manager in a local council or similar organisation in the public sector and, either, already be CiLCA qualified or be prepared to study towards gaining the qualification.

You will need to be highly organised, confident, creative, unflappable, approachable, focused, quick thinking, community minded, a people manager, adapt well to change and be a good communicator at all levels.

You will need to be able to provide strong leadership and build a wide range of positive working relationships with councillors, staff and partner organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You are thorough and focused in all aspects of your work, keeping on top of legal obligations and legislative changes.

You are at home with financial accounting and analysis.

Your written communication is good whether drawing up reports, policies, strategies, action plans, business cases, press releases or social media posts.

Be available to attend all meetings of the Council and its communities which are held in the evening.

An application form and recruitment pack can be downloaded from the council’s website here.

For an informal discussion feel free to contact Sam Rawle, Interim Clerk on [email protected] or phone 01643 707213 Mobile: 07442 370 312.

Closing date for applications 5pm 1 November 2021.

Interviews will be held on 12 November 2021.