Vacancy for Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Pencombe Group Parish Council, which serves the parishes of Pencombe and Little Cowarne, has a vacancy for a Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. The primary goal of the role is to support the Parish Councillors to serve the parishes to the best of their abilities.

We are looking for someone with strong IT and admin skills, excellent communication skills, an understanding and respect for the responsibilities of a Parish Council, and experience of budget control and monitoring.

The range of duties incorporate organising and attending monthly evening council meetings (11 per year held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, excluding December), drafting the agenda, taking minutes, monitoring the actions and the decisions of the Council, dealing with correspondence, liaising with other community groups and public bodies, managing burial records, and maintaining the parish website.

Financial responsibilities include preparing, monitoring and reporting on the budget, paying invoices, banking, managing payroll, overseeing annual insurance renewal, preparing end of year accounts and VAT reclaims.

Applications from people with a thorough understanding of local government and who hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) are particularly welcomed. Relevant experience would be ideal, although a full handover will be given by the current Clerk and training is available.

Full Job Description

Person Specification

Hours: 7 hours per week – flexible.

Salary: Scale LC1, NJC salary point 23 (£21,693) subject to qualifications and experience, pro rata to 7 hours.

Location: Home based – a laptop and printer will be provided.

Applications: Apply in writing, with a copy of your CV, to or Pencombe Group Parish Council, Vilberie Cottage, Little Cowarne, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4RQ. For an informal chat or further explanation please contact the current Clerk, Karen Hodges.

Closing date: The vacancy will remain open until filled – please submit your application at any time.