Junior Clerk

Election Day Polling Place District Support Team Member

Recruitment #TEX-1402-902687


The Department of Elections (Department) conducts all federal, state and local elections in the City and County of San Francisco in a manner that is free, fair, and functional. To serve the City's registered voters, the Department staffs 583 polling places with 3,000 volunteer poll workers for each election and hires approximately 20 District Support Team members to provide assistance to polling places. The next scheduled election is the Consolidated Statewide Primary Election, which will occur on June 5, 2018.

The Department encourages a culture in which personnel from multiple divisions routinely collaborate on projects or consider new approaches to improve the Department’s services to voters.

The Department is located in City Hall and is comprised of eight divisions that undertake the diverse tasks necessary to plan and administer elections

Appointment Type
Temporary exempt as-needed appointment not to exceed six months or 1040 hours. Exempt employees are considered “at will” and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Duration of Work
This is a short-term assignment that begins on Friday, May 25 and ends on June 12 with days off on May 26, and 27 only, staff will work on Memorial Day. There are also additional tasks that may need to be completed on as needed basis.Candidates must be willing to have flexible working hours. Employees are required to work every day starting on May 28 (Memorial Day) until approximately June 12. Travel within the city is required daily. Work location will also vary within the San Francisco area. The position will require standing for a prolonged period of time, driving to various sites, setting up and using various computer software and equipment (e.g. voting equipment, etc.), lifting and moving up to 50 pounds.

Work Schedule
Works hours are generally 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and up to a 20-hour day on Election Day. The assignment for District Support Team staff requires the following:

  • Participate in one paid 8-hour training session on Friday, May 25.
  • Work begins on Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) and continues every day including weekends until approximately June 12. Work will consist of operating a City vehicle and delivering equipment to polling places before Election Day, and retrieving equipment from polling places after Election Day.
  • Work one, approximately 20-hour, day on Election Day on June 5, 2018. Work will consist of operating a City vehicle and drive to and from predetermined locations within the San Francisco area.
  • Possession of a valid California driver's license, and ability to provide a driving record from the Department of Motor vehicles prior to employment.

Position Description
On Election Day, District Support Team staff provide direct support to 28-29 polling places and are tasked with ensuring polling places adhere to state and federal requirements for physical accessibility according to the Americans with Disabilities Act open. In the course of the long, physically tasking day, District Support Team staff work under minimum supervision and under the direction of the Department of Elections, to:

  1. Install accessibility mitigations such as signage, threshold ramps, and hazard mitigations.
  2. Survey polling place set-up for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance throughout Election Day.
  3. Report problems to the Department of Elections on issues and resolutions at the polling sites, and carry out received instructions.

Desired Qualifications

  • Registered California voter
  • Ability to work up to a 20-hour day
  • Ability to track and address numerous high-priority tasks simultaneously with a professional and confident demeanor
  • Diplomatic and conscientious people-management skills
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to use, or learn how to use, a SmartPhone to track Election Day tasks
  • Ability to safely drive and park a large vehicle (minivan or SUV) within City of San Francisco

The ideal applicant has outstanding interpersonal and organizational abilities, maintains grace under pressure, and exudes professional, friendly competence. Candidates should be deeply committed to ensuring the following:

  1. Voters are offered materials and assistance that allow them to independently cast a secret ballot free from intimidation
  2. All election laws are upheld, and procedures are consistently followed.

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications are to be used as a guide for establishing the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license which may be required for employment in the class. Although these minimum qualifications are typical of the class, additional minimum qualifications and special conditions may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the job announcement.

  1. Six (6) months (equivalent to 1000 hours) of verifiable clerical experience including preparing and maintaining a variety of records and/or documents, filing, use of office equipment, public contact and processing of incoming and outgoing mail: OR
  2. Completion of a clerical training program (240 hours); OR
  3. 15 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of coursework from an accredited college or university

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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