COLEFORD TOWN COUNCIL: Forest of Dean District
ASSISTANT CLERK & RESPONSIBLE FINANCIAL OFFICER (RFO)
Coleford Town Council is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dynamic and forward-looking Assistant Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer (RFO), with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to work, in support of the Town Clerk, and Council Members, to deliver its priorities. This role, importantly, and specifically includes financial responsibilities, as RFO, and the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to work with the Town Clerk in managing the Council’s finances, are essential. Key objectives of the RFO aspects, are to:
- manage the Council’s bank accounts and invoicing.
- prepare monthly reports and annual financial statements.
- ensure and operate effective internal financial controls and recording.
This role further, therefore, demands good accounting, financial management and reporting skills, and experience of appropriate Accounting Systems is key. The successful candidate will be able to show good attention to detail and the ability to work closely and effectively with other council staff.
Coleford Town Council provides a wide range of high-quality community services including Tourist Information, Cemetery, King George V Playing Field and Bells Field leisure area. The Council has 13 elected members with a regular annual budget in excess of £500,000.
We are seeking a high calibre individual, who shares our values of excellent community service, to work actively, in support of the Town Clerk, and the elected members of this Town Council
The key objectives of this post are to:
- develop existing services, ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of Council business.
- improve communication within our community and with partner organisations.
- ensure that the Council’s governance is maintained to the very highest possible standard.
The role demands self-motivation, excellent administrative and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, lateral thinking and an ability to forge strong working relationships with the Council, partners and the community. The successful candidate will demonstrate relevant experience and being able to work on their own initiative, resourcefully, with minimum supervision. Commitment, flexibility, diplomacy and an ability to communicate effectively at all levels are key elements for this post.
The post is to commence as soon as possible, working 37 hours per week. Some evening meetings and occasional weekend work will be necessary.
Salary will be on the national scale LC2 pro rata, within the range of scale points 24-28 (£28,672 – £32,234) depending on qualifications and experience, and subject to annual review.
An Application Pack for this Post, is available below:
Application Form: App Form CTC (AC & RFO) Oct 21
Job Description: ASSISTANT CLERK & RFO Job Description (Nov. 21)
Personal Job Specification: AC & RFO COMBINED Person Spec (Nov 21)
Completed Application Forms must be returned by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post, clearly marked ‘Application Form: Confidential’, to the following address:
The Town Clerk, Coleford Town Council, No. 1 The Town House, Lords Hill Walk, Coleford, Glos. GL16 8BD
Closing Date for Submission: 30 November 2021
Interviews will be held early December 2021
Any questions you may have please contact Chris Haine, Town Clerk Tel: 01594 832103
We look forward to hearing from you.
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Welcome to the Coleford Town Council website. If you want information about the town, or to find out what’s going on or are looking for somewhere to stay please click on this link colefordtown.net
Coleford Town Council looks after the parish of Coleford which covers the town centre and the surrounding settlements of Milkwall, Coalway, Broadwell and Mile End. It is one of the larger parishes in the district with approximately 8500 inhabitants and over 4000 properties.
The parish of Coleford was formed in 1894 when local government was first created. Prior to this Coleford was part of the medieval parish of Newland. It was a parish Council for many years until 1997 when it became a Town Council. This meant that the town Councillors were then able to elect a Mayor.
This aim of this administration are to make sure that Coleford parish is a vibrant developing community,
- that the beauty of the town is protected and enhanced
- that the people of the parish receive quality services
- that the amenities the Council provide are developed and improved that the environment is safe and secure.
To achieve these objectives the Council has put together a four year business plan. This includes several major projects like the creation of the new Tourist Information Centre which is up and running by a dedicated team of volunteers. Small improvements can have a big impact like the freestanding planters in and around the town and at the gateway entrances.
The biggest project however is the new Bells Field Recreation ground. This facility opened in September 2108, and provides a natural green recreation area for both old and young with a skate park, multi games area, trim trail, wildlife garden, WW1 Memorial garden and an amphitheatre for small theatrical performances.
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