KEIGHLEY TOWN COUNCIL
TOWN CLERK / RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER
LC3 – SCP 47 (£40,254)
Keighley, the third largest civil parish in England, is a former engineering and textile town with a strong local identity and a population of 54,000 nestling in the heart of Bronte Country and on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Historically part of the West Riding, since 1974 Keighley has been within Bradford Metropolitan District Council and has promoted itself as a tourist destination and major service centre – The Capital of Airedale.
Keighley is a 25-minute commute by electric train from Leeds City Centre, the major regional hub of West Yorkshire, and just over an hour’s drive from Manchester. With its attractive South Pennines hinterland, it is an ideal base for anyone contemplating relocation.
Keighley Town Council requires a replacement for the Town Clerk / RFO who has recently retired, and seeks a proactive and experienced person with the CiLCA qualification including Section 7 the General Power of Competence (or who is studying for this) to fulfil the roles of Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer with the commitment and leadership qualities to undertake the varied responsibilities of this senior management position.
The appointed person will be the Proper Officer of the Council leading a small team of dedicated staff and ideally should have worked for a larger Parish / Town Council or had significant management experience in local government with a Principal Authority or in the Private Sector. He/she will be expected to demonstrate leadership, administrative, financial, project management and interpersonal skills and have a high level of computer literacy, together with an ability to forge strong partnerships within the community and business sectors. The post holder will manage the Council’s statutory requirements in accordance with “Local Government Best Practice Standards” and ensure the effective implementation of Keighley Town Council decisions, including providing professional advice to Elected Members and regular attendance at evening meetings. The successful candidate will work within Keighley Civic Centre, the renovated former police station.
The Town Council has agreed in principle to separate the two distinctive roles of Town Clerk and RFO which could be filled by two people working part time or, in the case of an exceptional candidate, as one post (37 hours per week) covering both roles, subject to Council agreement.
Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 30th September 2014. Interviews will be held within the following 2 to 3 weeks. Application packs are available from:-
The Acting Town Clerk, Keighley Town Council, Keighley Civic Centre, North Street, Keighley BD21 3RZ. Tel: 01535 618252. Email email@example.com
Informal discussion concerning the role can be made by contacting the Keighley Town Mayor on 01535 – 645454.
29 August 2014