Guidance notes for potential job applicants

We all know that interviews are a two way process – is the candidate a good fit for the employing council and is the council right for the candidate; there are a few steps of diligence that can be taken by both sides to minimise the risk of an unsuccessful appointment.

For the Council – ensure that the Council has a sound mechanism for appraisal, objective setting and mentoring new employees

For the candidate – make your own enquiries about the Council, drill down in its web site and if possible speak to the outgoing Clerk

At the interview – quite often candidates have no questions for the interview panel, this is the opportunity to satisfy yourself that this is the job for you and ask searching questions such as:

[a] What will you expect the successful candidate to achieve in the first 3 months?

[b] How do you deal with staff appraisal?

[c] Whilst the Council is my employer, who will be my point of contact on a day to day basis?

[d] What is the Council’s attitude towards assisted qualification training?


To apply for any of the vacancies on this page please download a pack, complete the application form and email to unless otherwise stated.

Selsey Town Council - Town Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer

Closing Date: Friday 18th September 2020

Work Place: Selsey Town Hall

Hours: 37 hours per week, including evening meetings

Rate of pay: Salary SCP36 £38,813 (moving to SCP 37 £39,782 on gaining CiLCA

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Seaford Town Council: Town Clerk

Closing Date: Wednesday 30th September 2020

Work Place: Office based

Hours: Full time

Rate of pay: SCP 49 – 54 (starting £54,323 per annum)

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Locum Opportunities

Ringmer Parish Council is seeking a temporary Administrator to cover a three month period from the end of October and based in the new Parish Office at Ringmer School.

Pay will be in the region of £16 per hour for 30 hours per week depending upon relevant experience.

Duties may be summarised as follows:

· Attendance at video meetings to record proceedings, held in the evening once a week

· Produce accurate minutes

· Support daytime working party meetings

· Work with the Clerk to implement decisions of the Council, its committees and working parties

· Any other general office administration that may arise from time to time


Aldingbourne Parish Council is seeking a temporary Assistant Clerk for three months to commence as soon as possible, working from home to assist the Clerk with the current workload.

Pay will be £14 - £15 per hour for at least 10 hours per week


Ewhurst Parish Council [East Sussex] requires an experienced locum Clerk & RFO from the end of September.

Working from home, hours will be by arrangement, pay £25 per hour

For further information regarding any of the above please email

If you require a locum clerk please contact Trevor Leggo using the details above.