Parish Clerk Job Opportunity

The Parish Council is recruiting a new Parish Clerk to replace Owen Richards, who is retiring in September 2022.  Full details are below.

Thakeham Parish Council – Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Full-time          – 37.5 hrs/week (including scheduled evening meetings)
Salary range    – LC2 /SCP points 24-28 (£29,174 – £32,798 on 2021-22 scale)

Thakeham is a pleasant rural parish village in the Horsham District of West Sussex. We need to replace our retiring Clerk in a varied and interesting role that involves supporting the Parish Council’s governance and its roles in the areas of planning, the environment, amenities and community life.  You would be managing the Council’s finances and several community assets including buildings leased to local groups.

Skills, experience and knowledge: you will have general administrative skills, be able to analyse the needs of the PC, and to communicate effectively.  Ideally, applicants will offer awareness of how local government and the planning system work, and have some financial management experience.  You will need your own transport, and also to be willing to train part-time to become a qualified Parish Clerk.

Work Hours and Location: the role is full-time, but we offer considerable flexibility around  working hours and the balance between working from home and the Parish Office in the Village Hall (at Abingworth RH20 3GW). The need to support monthly evening meetings of the PC does favours applicants based within a commutable distance of Thakeham.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 26 August, via a CV and a covering letter setting out why you feel you are suitable for the job and how your experience/skills meet its requirements.  Please submit applications to:

Interviews are expected to be held in early September, with a view to the successful candidate starting as soon as possible.

Job Description and further particulars can be downloaded below.  To find out more about the role, contact either PC Chair Caroline Instance ( /07969 432923) or current role-holder, Owen Richards ( /01798 815305)