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Vacancy for Town Clerk

Published: 25th May, 2017

As our Town Clerk, Marian Giles, is leaving Church Stretton to take up a new Clerk's post in the north of the county, there is a vacancy for a Town Clerk.

Church Stretton is a small market town (population around 4,500) situated within the South Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town is well served by excellent Junior and Senior Schools.  The area is also a centre for many sports and outdoor activities. The Town Council manages a Community Hall, play areas, Recreation Park, playing fields, a Local Nature Reserve, market and open recreational areas. The Council is served by 13 Town Councillors and employs 4 office staff and 4 outdoor staff.  
Church Stretton Town Council is a progressive non-Party Political council with a strong track record of achievement, committed to ensuring the thriving sustainability of its cohesive community.  
The Council is looking to recruit a Town Clerk, which is a full time position (37 hours a week, office based with flexible hours to accommodate evening/weekend work).
Candidates should preferably be educated to post graduate degree level or hold relevant professional qualifications (i.e. CiLCA or a Local Policy/ Community Governance Qualification) or be prepared to obtain this within one year of appointment.  This is a demanding job offering plenty of variety. Proven experience in a senior managerial position working within Local Government is desirable.  Some experience of applying and obtaining grants would be advantageous. The role of the Town Council is evolving and the job holder will evolve with it.  Commercial experience is desirable.
The successful candidate will have a clear vision of the opportunities for the Town Council in a changing sector, be flexible, a good project manager with strong leadership skills, able to form close partnerships with the community, other authorities and the business sector, be a team player and be able to motivate and influence others.
Closing date for applications is midday on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 28th June 2017.
Application packs are available from Church Stretton Town Council, Council Office, 60 High Street, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6BY Tel: 01694 722113 or email: