Vacancy: Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

UPDATED closing date 9th September: Could you be our new Clerk and RFO?

North Hinksey Parish Council (NHPC) is seeking a committed and enthusiastic professional to become its new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). While these can be separate roles, the current post holder has undertaken both (preferred), but we will also consider job sharing. North Hinksey is a busy Parish at the western boundary of Oxford, benefitting from the city’s history and resources but retaining its own community-minded identity. With a population of c.5000 people and an annual Precept around £100k, we are an active Parish Council with 14 members who provide leisure facilities, green spaces, annual events and local services for the community through 7 committees.

As Clerk you will provide administrative support for all NHPC activities and advise the Council on legal, personnel, planning, and regulatory matters related to Council business. You will attend all Council and Committee meetings, requiring evening work on pre-set days. As a successful applicant you will demonstrate attention to detail, proficiency in Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel), a friendly and professional communication style, and excellent organisational and time-management skills. CiLCA qualification and work experience within Local Government are highly desirable.

As Responsible Financial Officer you will administer all of the Council’s financial affairs. This will require experience with financial/accounting practises, a good working knowledge of Receipts and Payments bookkeeping, VAT, payroll processes, and use of commercial accounting software. The Council will support you in any required further training and continuing professional development.

The combined Clerk and RFO appointment is a full-time position of 37 hours per week. We will also consider part-time job share, particularly for applicants with previous Clerk/RFO experience. The successful candidate’s salary will be based on skills and experience and will fall within NJC pay scales 21 to 28 (£26,511 to £32,234 per year, or pro rata for job share), with potential to progress to higher scales in post.

Could you be our new Clerk and RFO, working with North Hinksey Parish Council to support our dynamic community through a range of exciting projects and services? To discuss the post further, please contact the Chairman of NHPC:

A full job description and application form can be found below. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on 9th September.