Driving Melksham Forward!
Melksham Town Council is Hiring for five different roles, as advertised on Indeed.com and Melksham Independent News.
These roles are:
-Community and Economic Development Manager
-Assistant to the Town Clerk
-Assistant Facilities Manager
To apply for any of the roles, please download and complete an application form by clicking HERE: Application Form 2019.doc along with a covering letter to Linda Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may post/drop them off at the Town Hall. In your covering letter, please explain why you believe you would be a good fit for the role and keep responses to a maximum of one side of A4.
Deadlines for all applications is Friday 16th August at 9am.
Community and Economic Development Manager Salary range: £32,029 - £34,788
Would you like to join a small but growing team and help to revitalise 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.
Assistant Facilities Manager Salary Range: £20,344 - £21,589
Are you interested in furthering your experience in events and/or venue management?
Reporting directly to the Facilities Manager and deputising in his/her absence, the successful applicant will be responsible for the efficient operation of the Town Council’s venues for hire, including Melksham’s Assembly and Town Hall. You will be committed to achieving a high standard of customer service and providing a quality hospitality experience for all customers.
Duties will include ensuring that facilities are set up in line with recognised regulations and agreed customer requirements. You will be required to prepare for and facilitate events, liaise with customers and deal with enquiries and complaints in a polite, patient and helpful manner while ensuring that the highest standards of health & safety are adhered to at all times.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to plan and prioritise and will possess refined interpersonal and communication skills. A willingness to undertake weekend and evening work is essential while previous experience in a supervisory capacity within the service/hospitality industry would be advantageous.
Assistant to the Clerk Salary range: £26,317 - £28,785
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 postholder 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.
Amenities Manager Salary range: £23,836 - £25,295
This is a fantastic opportunity at an exciting time for our Grounds team for someone to take their career to the next level. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for the management of all amenities owned or maintained by the Town Council and will be responsible for overseeing the work of the head grounds person and the outdoor grounds team. You and your team will be tasked with the day-to-day maintenance of Melksham Town Centre’s external environment, while also ensuring all Town Council buildings are maintained and repairs are completed efficiently and effectively.
The incoming Amenities Manager will join us at a time when Melksham Town Council is taking back responsibility of several services from Wiltshire Council, including increasing ownership of grass cutting, bin collection, park upkeep and street cleaning responsibilities. We welcome this devolution, as it brings the service provider closer to the end user – with the added benefits of local knowledge aiding with speed and effectiveness of delivering services. Inevitably, however, it also brings logistical challenges and extra demands with it.
The ideal candidate will have experience in agricultural or horticultural management, but this is not an essential requirement and we welcome interest from people with varied experiences. Equally important is the energy, enthusiasm and ‘get it done’ attitude that is required to thrive in this role. The resulting benefits for the street scene and green spaces in our parks and recreation areas, and the pride of performance that comes with it will provide a rewarding role for the right person
As well as undertaking work and people management, this position also requires the postholder to manage the outdoor services budget, prepare short, medium and long-term work schedules, and prepare a five-year buildings maintenance schedule with budgetary indications.
Groundsperson Salary: £18,426
If you like the idea of working outside with a great team of people to help keep our town and greenspaces in good shape, this could be the perfect position for you.
We are on the outlook for a new groundsperson to carry out associated tasks to provide an effective street scene environment, including the town centre, King George V Playing Fields, floral beds, closed church yards, play and open recreation areas with maintenance services under the direction of the head groundsman and the amenities manager.
Experience is always welcome, but a dedication to hard work and teamwork is equally important. Day-to-day tasks will vary and will include general repairs, cleaning and maintenance of the Town Council’s property, including grass cutting, weeding, strimming, and shrub upkeep. Less often the team will undertake graffiti removal, signage maintenance, street furniture maintenance and the cleaning of rubbish bins.
As this work is largely outdoors, priorities change with the seasons. In winter, clearing and gritting footpaths becomes more necessary, for example. Our grounds team work longer hours in the summer and shorter hours in the winter.
Melksham Town Council is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, our community, voluntary organisations and any organisations the Town Council engage with, to eliminate unlawful discrimination.
We will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination on the basis of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.