Elections Specialist III (Open and Promotional)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Oct 01, 2019
Full Time Municipal or County Clerk Political or Public Affairs
  • Salary: $78,332.80 - $97,905.60 Annually

Job Description

NOTE: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 15, 2019 to extend the closing date. Final Closing Date will be November 21, 2019.

The County of San Mateo Registration and Elections Division of the Office of the Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder and Chief Elections Officer is looking for qualified candidates for the position of Elections Specialist III.

This highly specialized class performs varied coordinative technical duties to ensure that County and local city and special district elections are conducted efficiently and in accordance with laws and regulations. Successful performance of the work requires the use of independent judgment and initiative along with the skill to follow through on multiple projects and details.

Additional skills include expertise working with the community and political groups, exceptional report writing skills, and strong project management skills. Prior experience with elections and basic knowledge of California election laws, regulations, and procedures is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to "hit the ground running" due to previous or current (full-time) employment in an Elections Office, providing technical support to the election process. This position may provide indirect technical or functional supervision of employees in the Elections Specialist I/II classification.
Examples Of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Supervise the Vote Center Unit
  • Inspect and select Vote Center locations in compliance with Election Code and accessibility requirements.
  • Prepare and conduct training classes for extra help and temporary workers.
  • Coordinate the preparation, distribution, and delivery of Vote Center materials and voting equipment.
  • Assist with re-precincting and re-districting projects and preparation of related maps.
  • Direct the updating of precinct and district maps; monitor and coordinate the re-precincting process.

Supervise the Voter Registration Unit
  • Process affidavits and maintain the voter file in accordance with federal and state laws.
  • Process voter data requests.
  • Process petitions.
  • Submit regular reports to the Secretary of State.

Supervise the Sample Ballot Unit
  • Prepare the Sample Ballot for general and special elections.
  • Supervise the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of extra help and
  • temporary workers.
  • Coordinate mailing and labeling of voting materials including Sample Ballots and Voter Information Pamphlets.

Supervise the Vote by Mail Unit
  • Provide and receive ballot request forms, verify voter signatures, input voter data, and operate specialized software applications.
  • Conduct recounts to verify voting computer accuracy.
  • Prepare statistical reports.
  • Maintain voter files and databases.
  • Operate ballot sorting, scanning, and adjudication equipment.

Supervise the Candidate Filing Unit
  • Research state and federal election laws and regulations and prepare reports regarding their impact on County election procedures.
  • Plan, coordinate, and assist districts and cities within the County in preparing agreements for election services; coordinate and oversee the provision of these election services with the district or city.
  • Facilitate the candidate filling nomination process; receive and file nomination forms such as campaign statements, conflict of interest filings, filing fees, and ballot measure arguments.
  • Ensure that requirement signatures are obtained to place the candidate or measure on the ballot.
  • Prepare and circulate instructions related to all phases of the nomination and ballot process; provide advice and information to other agencies, candidates, the public, and others regarding the election process.
  • Direct the updating of precinct and district maps; monitor and coordinate the re-precincting process.
  • Prepare election timetables, voting schedules and workload calendars; prepare election notices and arrange for their publication.
  • Prepare ballot copy, pamphlet copy, and precinct instructions; prepare quotation requests and estimate production costs.
  • Ensure the accuracy of all ballot and informational materials; proofread materials for correctness and completeness.

Operate Elections Division Computer Systems
  • Using specialized computer software, operate Elections Division systems to set up election parameters; create and generate ballots, election data material, and petitions; test for logic and accuracy; and process canvassing.
  • Maintain divisional hardware, software, and databases.
  • Coordinate vendor support, user training, and troubleshooting for computer systems.
  • Maintain records, compute costs, and prepare reports and billing for services.
  • Oversee and perform a variety of support duties such as organizing and maintaining work files, preparing correspondence, distributing election materials and voting computers, and operating standard office equipment, including a computer.
  • Instruct and direct the work of support staff on a project or seasonal basis, as needed.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Successful candidates will have any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the job. A typical way to qualify is two years of experience providing technical support to the election process OR three years of journey level legal or general office support experience.

Ideal candidates will have a bachelor's degree or higher in political science, business, public administration, policy, journalism, information technology, or another related field. Three years of election and/or legal experience OR five years of project/program management is desired.

Knowledge of:
  • California Elections Code and precinct accessibility requirements as defined by the Secretary of State.
  • Basic California election laws, regulations and procedures as they apply to the conductof elections.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures, including filing and the operation ofstandard office equipment.
  • Basic business data processing principles and the use of a personal or on-line computer.
  • Business arithmetic.
  • Correct English usage, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Recordkeeping principles and procedures.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Perform technical, complex, and detailed election support work.
  • Organize and coordinate multiple activities.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read, interpret, and apply complex laws, rules, and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in thecourse of the work.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate permanent and temporary personnel.
  • Prepare and present training and voter registration programs.
  • Maintain accurate records, prepare reports, and compose correspondence and otherwritten materials.
  • Use initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Make accurate arithmetic calculations.
  • Read and interpret district and precinct maps.
  • Operate standard office equipment, including a computer.

Open and Promotional.Anyone may apply .Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary,SEIUorAFSCMErepresented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five (5) points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%) which may include the evaluation of a written and/or performance exercise given prior to the interview.

Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT:Applications for this position will only be accepted online.If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the"Apply"button. If you are not on the County's website, please go tohttps://jobs.smcgov.org/to apply.Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

~ Tentative Recruitment Schedule ~

Final Filing Date: November 21, 2019
Screening Date: TBD
Panel Interview Dates:TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Chet Overstreet (093019) (Elections Specialist III - E168)