- Who we are
- Our commitment to equality and diversity
- Employee benefits
- Completing your application form
- The job profile
- Personal details
- Work experience / qualifications
- Education, qualification and membership of professional associations
- Relevant skills and competencies
- Applicant declaration
- What Happens Next
- Applying for jobs that are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks or Basic Disclosure Checks
- Contact us
View and apply for our latest job vacancies and find out more about working for Dartford Borough Council.
Who we are:
Dartford Borough Council is one of the most exciting places to work in the region. Not only are we working on some special projects to improve life in the borough but we also have one of the most accessible offices in the country.
Our occupations include:
- Audit and Fraud
- Bereavement Services
- Community Services
- Customer Services
- Democratic Services
- Economic Development
- Environmental Health
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Planning and Development
- Revenues and Benefits
- Environmental Services
Our Commitment to Equality and Diversity:
Dartford Borough Council is committed to equal opportunities policies and action to ensure that the best candidates for any post are appointed irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation. We operate a name-blind recruitment process and remove candidates’ personal information to ensure that people will be shortlisted for interview on merit.
Our aim is to remove barriers to employment, promotion and development so that all employees have equal access to these on the basis of ability and the requirements of the job.
We are committed to challenging inequality, discrimination and disadvantage and to achieving the highest standard of employment practice. Equality of opportunity for all sections of the community and workforce is an integral part of this commitment, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
The Council has signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme. Through Disability Confident, we are working to ensure that disabled people and those with long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. We are committed to interviewing all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role. In addition the Council will where possible make reasonable adjustments to ensure the interview process is accessible to disabled candidates.
We offer a range of benefits to our employees. These include:
- competitive pay rates
- access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- generous annual leave entitlement
- employee discount scheme
- free car parking
- hybrid working
- flexible working options including flexi time, job sharing, compressed hours and term time working
- payment of professional fees relevant to the role
- free annual flu jab
- discounted gym membership
- Employee Assistance Programme
- occupational health services
- excellent learning and development opportunities
Completing your Application Form:
Applying online is quick and easy. You will find all the information you need to submit an application on this site.
- search on the job listing on this site to identify which job you want to apply for
- click on the Job Title to find out more about the job, including the job profile
- click on the "apply now" button to reach the online application form
- In order to apply for a job you first need to be registered. If you haven't previously registered to use the site, you will see the message "If you don't have an account click register to create one today.
Completing the Application Form:
- The application form plays a very important part in the selection process, and will be used as the basis for shortlisting you for a job. You must fill in all sections of the form, making sure the information you provide is clear and accurate. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and in line with the Data Protection principles
- Please ensure that you submit your application form by the closing date. Applications received after this date will not be considered
- As we need the same range of information from all candidates we are not able to accept CV's in place of an application forms. If you are not already registered, then please register now. Click into the register now prompt to take you to through the registration process
The Job Profile:
This describes the main purpose of the job and will list the tasks and duties which you will be expected to perform if you are appointed. It also tells you what skills and competencies (values and behaviours) a person must have to be able to do the job. Decisions on who to invite for the interview are made by assessing what you tell us on your application form and comparing with what we have asked for in the job profile.
Right to Work in UK:
In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all candidates will be asked to present evidence of their right to work in the United Kingdom. An explanatory note about this requirement should be sent to the candidate with the invitation to interview email.
Any offer of employment will be subject to you providing evidence that you have the right to live and work in the UK.
Make sure you complete this section fully. It is important that you provide us with your e-mail address, full address, and contact details as we will need this to contact you should you be shortlisted for interview.
Please complete details for two referees, who can cover at least 3 years. One should be your most recent employer, and/or your most recent work experience. They must not be related to you or be a friend. If you are a school/college leaver, please give us the name and address of the head teacher/tutor and also the manager of your most recent work experience placement, if applicable. Please indicate on the form if you do not want us to contact your referees unless offered the job.
Work Experience / Qualifications:
Put your most recent work experience/qualifications first. Experience and knowledge gained through relevant voluntary work is just as important as experience gained “on–the-job”.
Education, Qualification and Membership of Professional Associations:
You must ensure you provide all the information about your education and qualifications obtained, including those qualifications you are currently studying for. Please do not forget to include dates. If you are appointed, we will ask you to provide original copies of your qualifications upon joining the Council.
Relevant Skills and Competencies:
This section provides an opportunity to describe your skills and competencies that are relevant to this position and to detail how you meet each element of the job profile. Before completing this section, read through the job profile, think carefully about how you meet the job requirements, considering your achievements and skills gained in paid and / or voluntary employment, outside interests and any other relevant activities. Ensure that you highlight any information that demonstrates your suitability for the position. This information is an important part of the selection process and should be completed by both internal and external applicants.
The job profile contains competencies and you should provide evidence supported by examples of how you have demonstrated each competency in the past. The example you give should outline what you have done in the past to demonstrate that value or behaviour rather than what you would do if a particular situation arose. The example may be from your current job or from an activity you have done in the past. Specify your own experience and not the general work of your office or section.
When completing this section of the form, try to list your examples in the order they appear in the person specification, as this will help when we are shortlisting. Do ensure you mention all relevant experience as we cannot assume anything from a job title you may have had in the past.
When applying for or being considered for a job, you must disclose if you are related to or have a close relationship with a Councillor or senior officer for the Council. In submitting the form you confirm that all the information you have given in the application form is true and accurate. Giving false information which results in your appointment to the Council's service may render you liable to dismissal without notice.
What Happens Next:
Once you submit your online form, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Thereafter you will be kept up to date with emails throughout the application process. Your account area will also show you the application status as well as details of other applications that you have made.
Applying for jobs that are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks or Basic Disclosure Checks:
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to safeguarding electronic information and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
If the post you have applied for is a position eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as taken from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) this will be specified in the advert and job classification.
This means we are legally entitled to ask you for information about your criminal record and criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings and you cannot consider any convictions as “spent” for the purposes of this application - except those which, under the DBS filtering rules, should no longer be disclosed. (DBS Guidance)
If invited to attend for interview you will be asked about any declarations you have made about your criminal record with your application. Any offer of appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service, evidence of registration with the DBS Update Service and signing of a consent form to allow employer access to allow future rechecks online before an appointment can be confirmed. Your Disclosure may include details of criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as spent and unspent convictions, and will also check records in the Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills. It may also include non-conviction information held by for example, a local police force, which may be relevant for the job that you have applied for. It will not include details of certain old or minor convictions that are filtered by the DBS.
Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from employment. This will depend on the circumstances and background to your offence(s). Under the Data Protection Act 2018, we cannot use the information obtained to seek a Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service for any other purpose.
If you are offered a job requiring a disclosure and barring service check and you decline to complete a declaration concerning any convictions that you may have had and/or a Disclosure application form, we may decide to withdraw the offer. Similarly the offer may be withdrawn if you do not provide proof of subscription to the Update Service.
If you need any further information about applying for a Disclosure, please contact us or access the Disclosure and Barring Service website. The DBS telephone number is 0300 020 0190.
Baseline Security Check (BPSS) - All new employees (who are not in a post eligible for a DBS check) will be required to undertake a Baseline Security Check prior to commencing employment This consists of confirmation of right to work in the UK, references for the past three years, and a basic disclosure check.
All offers of employment are made on a conditional basis subject to the following conditions:
- Evidence of your identity, residence and right to work in the UK;
- Satisfactory security and criminal records’ checks (Basic Disclosure or DBS check, if this is required as part of the role)
- Satisfactory employment references covering the last 3 years;
- Confirmation from Occupational Health that you are fit to work;
- Production of any further information (ie: qualification certificates) not seen at interview or that has not yet been supplied.
If you need to contact us regarding your application or have any queries, please contact our HR team