1450 Executive Secretary 1

Recruitment #PEX-1450-105210


Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this announcement may close anytime after 5:00 p.m. on June 5, 2020.

The Elections Commission was established by San Francisco Charter § 13.103.5 pursuant to a Charter amendment called Proposition E that was passed by voters in the November 6, 2001 Consolidated Municipal Election. The Commission sets general policies for the Department of Elections and is responsible for the proper administration of the general practices of the Department, subject to the budgetary and fiscal provisions of the San Francisco Charter. The Commission is charged with approving written plans prior to each election, submitted by the Director of Elections, detailing the policies, procedures, and personnel that will be used to conduct the election, as well as an assessment of how well the plan succeeded in carrying out a free, fair and functional elections.

Appointment Type: Permanent Exempt Part Time. Hours for this position not to exceed 20 hours per week or 1040 hours in 12 months. Exempt employees are considered "at will" and serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.

Nature of Work: Evening hours will be required once per month (usually the third Wednesday of the month), and occasionally, a second evening per month (usually the first Wednesday of the month, if necessary). Outside of these meetings, the remainder of the 20 hours per week can be a regular schedule agreed upon by the successful applicant and the Commission president. This position is ideal for an individual who is seeking a flexible schedule.

Essential Duties of the Position: According to Civil Service Commission Rule 109, the duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this job code/class and are not intended to be an inclusive list.

  • Prepares and distributes agenda, notices, minutes and resolutions of the Commission; maintains records of meetings and official actions of the Commission: certifies all Commission documents and resolutions; types correspondence for members of the Commission.
  • Types minutes of meetings from audio recordings of the meetings, and manages the edits suggested by Commissioners.
  • Ensures documents are distributed to the Commissioners, the Director of Elections, and/or legal counsel, as needed; and maintains a public file for certain communications as required by relevant public meetings/open government laws and ordinances.
  • Organizes Commission and Committee meetings, including: preparing the agendas with direction from the Commission president or committee chair; publishing the agendas in accordance with applicable laws; preparing and distributing meeting packets to Commissioners and principals, as well as having extra copies for the public; bringing materials to the meetings; ensuring the audio recording of the meetings and, if necessary, posting notices of cancellations in accordance with applicable laws.
  • Types a wide variety of letters, memoranda, reports and other materials from copy or verbal instructions: may compose routine correspondence in accordance with standard practice and policies.
  • Maintains office files for correspondence and records; maintains manuals and updates resource materials.
  • Tracks and manages legal and other requirements of Commissioners, including various required annual filings, required training and certification as dictated by law, and other requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

1. One (1) year of verifiable executive secretarial experience providing personal and confidential administrative support for a manager by arranging appointments and assisting in the preparation of meetings, responding to public inquiries, reviewing incoming documents, composing confidential correspondence, conducting research and preparing statistical reports. Job duties must be comparable to 1450 Executive Secretary I; OR


2. Three (3) years of verifiable secretarial experience encompassing editing and independently composing letters and other correspondence utilizing computer/software/systems; researching, compiling and organizing data for various reports; and maintaining office/record systems. Job duties must be comparable to 1446 Secretary II; OR


3. Four (4) years of verifiable clerical experience performing specialized assignments, including independently composing and editing correspondence; preparing and maintaining a wide variety of records, reports and documents; researching, compiling, analyzing and organizing data for various reports. Job duties must be comparable to 1406 Senior Clerk; AND


4. Ability to type 55 words per minute (WPM).


Substitution: A recognized secretarial training program of two hundred forty (240) hours OR the equivalent of fifteen (15) semester units in graded secretarial college units, may be substituted for up to six (6) months of the required experience. Proof of satisfactory completion must be submitted at the time of filing.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen 

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).


Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.


All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.


If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael.Cerles@sfgov.org.

Selection Procedures

Applications will be reviewed for qualifying experience and education. Only those applicants deemed best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate 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 selected candidate. 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 a selected candidate, 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.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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