Job Vacancy – Town Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Job Title: Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

Council Name: Wimborne Minster Town Council

County: Dorset

Salary: SCP 39–45 £42,821 – £49,213 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications)

Local Government Pension Scheme

Hours: Hours negotiable – up to 37 hours per week

Applications are invited for the post of Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer following the retirement of the current postholder in 2022.

Do you have a passion to lead a team in a progressive council? Do you share delivering the council’s vision of serving the community?

Wimborne Minster is a small, historic market town in Eastern Dorset with a growing population currently circa 7,500 and serving a wider community of circa 15,000. The number of households in the Town is set to grow by nearly 50% in line with the Dorset Council Local Plan.

The Town Council is seeking to appoint an exceptional and proactive Town Clerk who will be a leader and a partner to elected members, helping them to deliver the Council’s vision and navigate the challenges that lie ahead.

You are a forward-thinking, collaborative and creative individual and will build on the high-quality reputation of the council. Responsible for both the strategic development of the service and overseeing the operational management of its component parts, you will make sure the instructions of the council are carried out.

The post demands high levels of personal autonomy and creative leadership skills, providing the information required to councillors so that they can make effective decisions. Project management experience is desirable as the Council has a growing number of initiatives and projects planned.

Candidates should have a sound knowledge of local government law and procedures. A Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification is required as a minimum, or a willingness to achieve this within a short time scale after commencement.

Required to be a flexible team member, to include some evening and weekend work. Hours full time but some negotiation possible.

A job description and detailed person specification are included in our recruitment pack.

Please email the Town Clerk for a recruitment pack on

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10th December 2021.

Interviews will be held in early January 2022