General Info

Council: Berkhamsted Town Council

County: Hertfordshire

Salary: LC3 (33 – 36) £35,934 - £38,813

Closing date: 11/11/2019

Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Applications must be returned by 11/11/2019

  • This is a permanent position subject to 6 month probation period
  • Full-time (37 hours pw) including some evening work and occasional civic events Salary scale LC3 (33 – 36) £35,934 – £38,813
  • Membership of Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Reports to Full Council through the Support Services Group Manages the staff team at Berkhamsted Town Council
  • Closing date for applications: Monday 11 November 2019 at 12 noon Interviews: Wednesday 20 November 2019

Berkhamsted is a lovely historic market town located in the Chiltern Hills adjacent to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The River Bulbourne (a rare chalk stream) and the Grand Union Canal run through the town. We also have a Norman motte and bailey castle where the Anglo Saxon crown was ceded to William the Conqueror in 1066. Since that time numerous historic and literary associations have been established in the town. In March 2018, Berkhamsted was named the best place to live in the South East by The Sunday Times.

The vacancy has arisen following the current Town Clerk’s decision to retire at the end of March 2020. This leaving date will enable a valuable handover period with the new post holder. The town clerk leads a friendly, hardworking and professional team of three other staff members: the deputy town clerk, the finance & allotment officer and the town warden. The post holder will be a confident, experienced and effective manager with a proven track record. They must be able to build on existing working relationships with other councils, statutory bodies, community groups and other partner organisations to further enhance and improve Berkhamsted for the benefit of residents.

The town council offices are on the second floor of the Civic Centre in Berkhamsted High Street with staff parking to the rear. The council is made up of 15 elected councillors and this year the Town Mayor is Cllr Garrick Stevens. The town council owns four large allotment sites in the town and runs Lagley Meadow Youth Centre which is currently leased to a pre-school. We work closely with other organisations to enhance the assets, character and environment of Berkhamsted, often contributing financially to such initiatives. The town council lobbies other organisations such as Dacorum Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council for improved facilities in Berkhamsted. We are currently working on a number of environmental initiatives through our Climate Change Steering Group.

Berkhamsted town council is an equal opportunities employer. A thorough programme of induction training will be given to ensure a smooth transition into the job. During a six month probation period there will be regular reviews together with formal and on-job training to support fully the successful candidate in their new role. Candidates for interview will be asked to make a short presentation to the interview panel and the subject will be notified to them with the invitation to interview.

The closing date/time for applications is 12 noon on Monday 11 November and interviews will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019.

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