Job vacancy: Fakenham Town Council


Fakenham Town Council is looking for a town clerk to join their team.


Job title: Town clerk  
Organisation: Fakenham Town Council  
Salary: £29,174 to £32,798 
Application deadline: 31 August 2022  
County: Norfolk  
Email address:  
Phone number: 01328 853 653


The town clerk is the proper officer of the council and is under a statutory duty to carry out all the council functions and to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority’s proper officer. 

The town clerk will be responsible for ensuring that the council's instructions in its functions as a local authority are carried out. 

The town clerk is expected to advise the council on, and assist in the formation of, overall policies to be followed in respect of the authority’s activities and to produce all the information required for making and implementing effective decisions. 

The town clerk is accountable to the council for the effective management and reporting on its resources. As the senior administrative officer, the town clerk’s duties include organising and attending council and committee meetings, and taking and circulating minutes and agendas. Meetings are held in the early evening, so some flexibility over working hours is required. Additional responsibilities include line management of three members of staff, monitoring and managing the council’s estate, which comprises playing fields, cemeteries, allotments and the weekly charter market.

The clerk also deals with enquiries from residents, other authorities, suppliers and councillors, so good communication skills are essential. This role does not include responsible financial officer (RFO) duties, as this function is subcontracted.

Applicants must demonstrate significant managerial experience and ideally have the relevant knowledge of local government law and procedures and hold the CiLCA qualification or if not held must be achieved within 12 months for which support will be provided. The role is for 37 hours per week but flexibility for part-time working, mainly office based. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2022 at 5.00 pm, and shortlisted applicants will be offered an initial interview week commencing 12 September 2022. 

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