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Vacancy – Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Applications are invited for the post of

PARISH CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER

Working hours approximately 12 hours per week

We are looking for someone with strong organisational skills, including attention to detail. You must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, work effectively under your own initiative, and experience in managing financial information such as accounts and budgets is strongly preferable.

The successful candidate does not need to have prior experience as a Parish Clerk; this role would be ideal for someone who would like to contribute to Rooksdown community, and develop their professional skills, working towards a Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA).

Applicants should be open to developing their knowledge of the local government processes and procedures, in order to fully assist the Parish Council.

Attendance at evening meetings will be a requirement; the Parish Council has at least one evening meeting a month, usually the 4th Monday of the month. Reasonable notice will be given of any meeting to which you are required to attend.

  • Salary will depend on experience and qualifications.
  • Training will be offered where appropriate
  • You will be able to work flexibly, including at an office at the Rooksdown Community Centre, or at home, so long as the responsibilities of the role are performed satisfactorily.

If you are interested, please refer to the Person Specification and the Application Form on the website https://rooksdown.org.uk/ and send the completed Application Form by email to:

Applications should be received by Monday 20 December.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

The Council hopes to have the successful candidate in post by the New Year.

For more information on the Parish Council please visit our website

https://rooksdown.org.uk/

Council Audit

Parish councils are audited every year to make sure the financial management is in order.

There are two audits:

  • The internal audit, which checks all the meetings have been run properly, the accounts are in order and everything has been done as it should throughout the year
  • The external audit, which double checks all the financials and asks for corrections or changes to procedures if anything is out of order.

As part of the process, the council must open its books to any resident of the parish who wishes to inspect them. This is explained in the Notice of Public Rights. If you wish to inspect the accounts during this period, please make an appointment with the Chairman of the Parish Council.

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return includes the internal audit report and the financial statements. There is additional supporting information.

At the moment the Annual Governance and Accountability Return is in its unaudited – provisional – form. When the external audit is complete it will be accompanied by an audit certificate.