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.



Westmeston Parish Council - Part Time Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: TBC

Work Place: From home and prepared to attend evening meetings which are held every second month at the local parish hall

Hours: Approximately 5 hours a week

Rate of pay: Salary will be in accordance with Local Council Scale SCP 15 to 21

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Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common Parish Council - Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer

Closing Date: 15th April 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: Full time

Rate of pay: SCP 37 – 41, £39,782 - £43,662

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Billingshurst Parish Council - Billingshurst Centre Manager

Closing Date: 23rd April 2019

Work Place: Billingshurst Community Centre

Hours: 37.5 per week

Rate of pay: SCP11-15 depending on experience

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Seaford Town Council - Administrative Assistant

Closing Date: noon on Monday 29th April 2019

Work Place: Town Council Office

Hours: 30 hours per week, spread over Monday to Friday (working times to be agreed with successful candidate)

Rate of pay: SCP 5-6 £18,795 - £19,171 per annum (pro rata)

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Peacehaven Town Council - Responsible Financial Officer

Closing Date: Monday 20th May 2019

Work Place: Office based

Hours: 20 per week

Rate of pay: £24,799 - £26,999 pa (Pro-rata)

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