Melksham Town Council

Council: Melksham Town Council                                                                        

County:  Wiltshire

Salary:  Salary range: £26,317 - £28,785

Position:  Assistant to the Town Clerk

To succeed in this busy and demanding role, the applicant must relish the challenge of bringing ambitious ideas to fruition. While clerical and administrative skills are necessary, much of the role involves shrewd juggling and an ability to jump from very different tasks quickly, efficiently and with an eye for prioritising.

The Assistant to The Clerk is responsible for supporting the Town Clerk in discharging the duties of Council and bringing to life the decisions made by Council. Whether it’s researching the purchase of new equipment, going out to tender for major contracts, doing payroll, attending meetings in place of the Town Clerk, renegotiating supply contracts or building action plans, no day is the same.

The post holder will be responsible for managing the office and overseeing the work of two officers, while also providing the typical duties expected of a PA for the Town Clerk and the Town Mayor (diary management, arranging meetings, booking rooms, drafting correspondence, etc.). Reporting to the Clerk directly, you will be expected to complete ad-hoc and in-depth research, report writing and draft editing. The role requires an organised and strategic approach so that the duties of the Town Clerk are effectively delivered.

The successful applicant will be educated to degree level but does not necessarily need specific experience of working in a town council or local authority, as they will receive thorough training in local government procedures.   They will need to be comfortable representing the Town Clerk and able to advise elected members in her absence. A flexible approach and an ability to tackle a varied workload with competing priorities is central to succeeding in this role.


Council: Melksham Town Council                                                                        

County:  Wiltshire

Salary:  Salary range: £32,029 - £34,788

Position:  Community and Economic Development Manager          

Would you like to join a small but growing team and help to revitalize Melksham’s high street? Could you develop a strategy and deliver projects to improve the vitality of Melksham’s Town Centre? Could you lead the charge to help our community link together to enjoy the benefits of a thriving town, rich in civic pride and shared responsibility? If so, you could be just the person we are looking for.

This new role would suit an ambitious and organised individual with a proven track record of building relationships and attracting investment. Educated to degree level, the right candidate will have an eye for a campaign and an ability to bring big ideas to life. Reporting to the Town Clerk and line-managing the Community Development Officer, you will be responsible for supporting and facilitating economic and community development in Melksham.

Areas of focus will include:

-To lead on the development of Melksham Town Centre, with responsibility for improving the quality and vitality of the town centre for all users, catalyzing and coordinating links between key stakeholders, and community groups from across both the public and private sector;

-To oversee wide-ranging and ambitious visioning for the town;

-Attract inward investment;

-Proactively raise awareness of local volunteer activity and identify support mechanisms required by local volunteers to take forward community led initiatives;

-Develop strong networks and links between community groups, organisations and service users;

-Co-ordinate engagement activities and implement action plans;

-Initiate and maintain creative partnerships with statutory and voluntary sector partners and colleagues as well as other relevant stakeholders;

-Oversee the expansion of community events.


To apply for either of the positions, please send a completed application form and a covering letter to

In your covering letter, please explain why you believe you would be a good fit for the role in question and why you want to join the team. Please keep it limited to one side of A4.   The application form can be obtained by emailing the Town Clerk on the address above or can be found on the council's website.

Any questions or queries please call, Linda Roberts, Town Clerk on 01225 704187

Closing date for both vacancies, Friday 16 August 2019 at 9am.

Interviews for Community & Economic Development Manager - Friday 30th August

Interviews for Assistant to Town Clerk – week commencing 2 September 2019