Junior Clerk

Department of Elections

Recruitment #TEX-1402-904504



CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The mission of the Department of Elections (Department) is to provide equitable access to voting and election-related services and to conduct free, fair, and functional elections for the City and County of San Francisco.


Serving more than half a million registered voters, the Department maintains open and transparent operations in order to inspire public confidence in the integrity of San Francisco’s elections. The Department is committed to maintaining an inclusive workplace by providing the training, resources and tools necessary for all employees to succeed in delivering equitable services to City residents.


To learn more about the Department’s internal racial equity goals, please read our 2021-23 Racial Equity Action Plan




This is a short-term assignment that begins on Friday September 3 and ends on September 21 with days off on September 4 and September 5 only. Hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm and up to a 20 hour day on Election 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 September 6 (Labor Day) until approximately September 21. Travel within the city is required daily. Work location will also vary within the San Francisco area. 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.


This is a temporary exempt as-needed position. Temporary exempt as-needed employees who have worked more than 1040 hours in any consecutive 12 month period, and whose normal work week at the time of inclusion in the system is not less than 20 hours are eligible for health coverage and retirement benefits. For more information on the City and County of San Francisco benefit policies, refer to the Employee Handbook available at https://sfdhr.org/sites/default/files/documents/Forms-Documents/Employee-Handbook.pdf




The assignment for District Support Team staff requires the following:

•            Participate in one paid 8-hour training session on Friday September 3.

•            Work begins on Monday September 6 and continues every day including weekends until approximately September 21. 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 September 14. 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.


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:

•            Install accessibility mitigations such as signage, threshold ramps, and hazard mitigations. .

•            Survey polling place set-up for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance throughout Election Day.

•            Report problems to the Department of Elections on issues and resolutions at the polling sites; and carry out received instructions.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.

Applicants must have a valid California driver's license and a clean DMV record; AND

1. Six (6) months of 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 15 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of coursework from an accredited college or university; OR

3. Completion of a clerical training program (240 hours); OR

4. Completion of an approved City and County of San Francisco Clerical Administrative training program.


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

  • 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.

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 recruitment analyst Michael Cerles at michael.cerles@sfgov.org

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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