Elections Manager

$94,465 - $127,529 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • May 08, 2023
Full time Elected Office

Job Description

Elections Manager

Job ID: 107002

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service
• Professionalism
• Integrity
• Respect
• Individual accountability
• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT. https://www.clackamas.us/countyadmin/spirit

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, May 22, 2023.


Annual Pay Range: $94,465.78 - $127,529.32

Hourly Pay Range: $45.416241 - $61.312175

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle. Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions include:

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 16 hours of vacation accrual per month
• 8 hours of sick accrual per month
• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):
• Employer-paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)
• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65

• A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
• A Choice of Dental Plans
• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• Longevity pay
• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time non-represented group 2 County position




Take a leadership role in ensuring our elections are accurate, transparent, and inclusive in Clackamas County, in Oregon, and in our country!

The Clackamas County Clerk's Office Elections Division seeks an experienced election professional to join our team as the county's Elections Manager.

Under the general direction of the County Clerk, the Elections Manager plans, organizes, manages, and conducts all elections (federal, state, and local) for Clackamas County residents; ensures elections procedures and voter registration records comply with statutory requirements; and are conducted in an accurate, transparent, efficient, timely, and accessible manner. The selected candidate will manage each election using project management practices, follow all federal, state, and local laws and rules and incorporate available technology and best practices. This position maintains voter registration records, candidate filing, district and precinct boundaries, and vote-by-mail processes. Additionally, the Elections Manager directly supervises division staff; four permanent and up to 100 temporary employees.
The Elections Manager also prepares, administers, and monitors the annual budget for the Elections Division. The Elections Manager works closely with other county departments, Oregon's Secretary of State Elections Division, third-party vendors, local jurisdictions, candidates and elected officials, media members, political parties, and voters.
Qualified applicants will be highly motivated, detail-oriented, and have well-developed management and supervisory skills. A demonstrated ability to maintain an environment of high integrity and dependability is critical. The Election Manager must foster an environment where all people thrive, are celebrated for their diverse identities, and feel safety, trust, and belonging.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• A minimum of six (6) years of related experience of which four (4) years must be in a Vote-by-Mail elections office setting that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the responsibilities of this position.
• A minimum of three (3) years of experience leading and/or supervising staff.
• Demonstrated understanding and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in providing government services.
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, administrative rules, regulations, court decisions, and best practices for elections administration in Oregon.
• Must be available for periodic evening and weekend work as required by elections activities.
• Must be available for periodic evening and weekend work as required by elections activities.
• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.
• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. http://dochub.clackamas.us/documents/drupal/828106a0-265a-47cc-a3a6-0a2c8b028673

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Oregon Association of County Clerks (OACC) Certified Elections Administrator (CEA) certification or The Election Center Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) certification.
• Experience directing staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness. Ability to create a culture of teamwork, accountability, and communication.
• Knowledge of budgeting, procurement, billing, and expense tracking for local governments.
• Experience with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and/or InDesign. Intermediate proficiency level on Microsoft Word or related software.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Manages and organizes the Elections Division as required by federal, state, and local law and administrative rule including conducting elections, voter registration, candidate filing, voters' pamphlets; maintaining district and precinct boundaries, ballot design, vote by mail processes, and accessible elections; prepares elections materials and administers elections; monitors and implements changes in election law, election technologies, trends, and processes; fosters a culture of continuous improvement; including efficiency, accuracy, transparency, and timeliness.
• Hires and supervises division staff, including permanent and temporary employees, and temporary election workers; plans, prioritizes, assigns, and reviews assigned work; actively participates in recruitment, selection, hiring, and retention of staff; coaches and mentors assigned staff; encourages professional development; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
• Assists in creating an inclusive, positive, and supportive work environment; enforces a safe and secure workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork, accountability, and communication; participates in emergency management and public safety initiatives; works with the County Clerk and other management staff to create an environment where all people thrive, are celebrated for their diverse identities; and feel safety, trust, and belonging.
• Consults with County Clerk, County Counsel, Secretary of State Elections Office; and other local jurisdictions regarding statutes and administrative rules affecting elections administration; assists in development of policies and procedures to meet legal requirements; consults with Technology Services and third party vendors to develop, implement, and maintain computer programs, specialized technology, and databases.
• Prepares, administers, and monitors the annual division budget; determines and justifies costs; monitors and controls budget expenditures; allocates jurisdiction costs, labor, and other election expenditures; negotiates and administers contracts with third party vendors; works with internal departments for services, materials, and equipment.
• Coordinates with the County Clerk and Department of Public and Government Affairs in representing Clackamas County Elections to the media and the public through press releases, media interviews, outreach events, and voter and candidate education and outreach; communicates with a wide range of stakeholders, both internally and externally; responds to questions and inquiries from the public; resolves complaints from the public and supports staff in handling difficult customer service situations.
• Acts as a representative of the County Clerk to maintain positive and effective relationships with other county, state and federal offices, including other county clerk and election offices; exchanges information to assist in the development of cooperative programs with other election administrators; attends professional conferences and meetings.


Thorough knowledge of: Federal, state, and local laws, State of Oregon statutes, rules, and regulations governing the duties of the County Clerk and proper elections procedures; vote by mail processes; court decisions and best practices related to elections; procedures used to conduct elections for local and special districts; information technology and computer knowledge applicable to elections administration and functional responsibilities; project management practices.

Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of management and supervision; participative management theories; techniques of budgeting and fiscal administration for local governments; procedures involved in preparing and printing ballots, letters, voters' pamphlets and related election forms and materials; modern office practices and procedures; diversity, equity, and inclusion in providing government services.

Skill to: Analyze, interpret, and apply federal and state statutes, legal opinions, and administrative rules; develop and implement cost effective programs, policies and procedures; plan, organize and direct division operations and assigned personnel; create a culture of teamwork, accountability, and communication; prepare and administer an approved budget; communicate effectively verbally, in writing, and while presenting with varied stakeholders; conduct research and verify the authority and accuracy of information; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders.


Must be available for periodic evening and weekend work as required by elections activities.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended. This position is designated as on-site/in-person with some limited opportunities for telework subject to the https://dochub.clackamas.us/documents/drupal/9065b5fb-2237-47ce-9534-e7c8c40fc2bc and based on the department's business needs. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location. Telework is permitted when business needs allow and with prior approval from the County Clerk. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.

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• http://www.clackamas.us/diversity/


Clackamas County Elections administers and conducts all federal, state, and local elections in Clackamas County. Our office informs voters, candidates, political parties, cities, special districts, and others about administrative rules and statutes applicable to election laws. We oversee election filing, forms, and voter registration. The office also prepares ballots and voters' pamphlets, receives and processes returned ballots, and completes election result tallies. We are a division of the Office of the County Clerk of Clackamas County. The County Clerk works to build public trust through good and responsive government, guided by the values of accountability, transparency, and community inclusion in local governance. The County Clerk is Catherine McMullen.



Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or mailto:jobs@co.clackamas.or.us?subject=Application%20Materials%20Question. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).


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Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


James Callahan, Recruiter

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/4150335

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