Trainee / Democratic Services Officer

Job Information

Salary: Trainee Post £23,470 – £25,404 p.a. Experienced DSO Post £32,541 – £34,914 p.a (starting salary dependent on experience)

Contract Type: Permanent / Full Time / Open to Job Share

Hours: 37

Location: Hailsham, East Sussex


Do you want to work in a key role supporting important decision-making?

 If you have experience as a Democratic Services Officer and are looking for new opportunities or if you have no direct experience but you have an eye for detail, keenness to learn and take pride in providing good customer service, we want to hear from you.



 We have an opportunity to join our busy team either as a Democratic Services Officer or a Trainee Democratic Services Officer, depending on your experience.

Democratic Services ensures the Council’s democratic decision-making functions are carried out in an effective, transparent and legally compliant manner.

We also support the elected members of the council.

What will you be doing?

  •  Preparing agendas, minutes and other written records
  • Arranging meetings and advising on procedure
  • Assisting elected members with a wide range of queries
  • Delivering projects to support the service

What do you need?

  • High attention to detail, working quickly and accurately to tight deadlines
  • Methodical approach and ability to handle several concurrent tasks
  • Familiarity with technology and IT systems
  • Friendly and approachable manner, confidence in speaking to a wide variety of people
  • Motivated by providing a good service
  • For consideration for the Democratic Services Officer post you will also need recent experience as a Democratic Services Officer or similar

 What do we offer?

  • Excellent salary, pension, flexible working, fantastic employee benefits and comprehensive staff health & wellbeing scheme
  • A friendly, supportive team and a range of opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Ability to work from home as well as from our newly refurbished offices in Hailsham
  • Working for a great, forward thinking Local Authority
  • All Wealden District Council public meetings are held during the day

 Please check out the role specification for full details.


For more information and an informal chat about the opportunity please contact Mark O’Callaghan, Democratic Services Manager, email mark.o’ or call 01892 602465.


Wealden District Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment.  We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities and all applications will be treated on merit.

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Closing Date: 15/06/2023

Interview Date: tbc

Post Number: U3004