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Job Title:Elections Director
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$97,281.60 - $157,123.20 Annually
Job Type:Unclassified/Full-Time
Location:Maricopa County, Arizona

Operating under the direct supervision of the Maricopa County Recorder (per charter with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors) and Chief Deputy Recorder, the Elections Director provides leadership and manages the daily operations of the Elections Department. The Elections Director is responsible for the planning, management and execution of the elections and projects which fall under the purview of the Maricopa County Elections Department, in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. The position is responsible for ensuring every qualified citizen is afforded their constitutional right to vote and that elections within the Elections Director's jurisdiction are conducted in an accurate, efficient, transparent, equitable and lawful manner.

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This recruitment is open continuous with a first review of applications scheduled the week of March 20, 2017.

Position Qualifications:
Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in political science, business administration, public administration, legal studies or related field and five (5) years' experience working with complex and diverse elections systems and processes for a large governmental jurisdiction, including direct involvement running at least two (2) elections during gubernatorial or presidential contests. In addition to the required elections experience, five (5) years' responsible managerial experience. An equivalent combination of education and/or relevant experience may substitute on a year for year basis.

Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Certification as, or the ability to obtain and maintain within one (1) year of hire, an Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA). Upon hire, applicant must become a registered voter in Maricopa County within three (3) months of hire.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of and experience applying federal, state, county and local election laws, ordinances, rules and regulations applicable to conducting elections. Knowledge of elections "best practices," current technologies and emerging trends and experience interfacing with national election experts. Knowledge of and proficiency with ballot tabulation technology, geographic information systems, voter registration databases and other elections-related technology. Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods and coordination of people and resources. Skilled in managing large logistical operations including warehouse management and oversight; in government procurement, contracting and vendor management; and in preparing and adhering to an annual administrative budget. Skilled in identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Skilled in decision making by considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions and choosing the most appropriate one. Skilled in communicating information and ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing, as appropriate for the needs of the audience. Skilled in service orientation by actively looking for a means to assist internal and external customers. Skilled in public relations, public speaking and delivering presentations to individuals and groups. Ability to exercise quick decision making, a creative thinking approach, sound judgment and a high degree of integrity. Ability to engage the media, community groups and government officials in constructive and collaborative conversations. Ability to diffuse and respond effectively to situations involving intense pressures. Ability to calm distraught people or de-escalate conflict, to demonstrate tolerance of different people, backgrounds and ideas.

Preferred education and/or experience:
Additional post-secondary education in political science, business administration, public administration, legal studies or related field. Direct elections process litigation experience. Experience working in governmental jurisdictions with diverse ethnic and language populations. Experience working in a jurisdiction with a history of direct Department of Justice involvement or oversight.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Bilingual in Spanish.

Working conditions:
The Elections Director may not hold any elected or appointed political office including precinct committee person while employed as the Elections Director. The position requires: the ability to handle interruptions, time pressures, frequently changing tasks, high volume of work, unscheduled tasks; the ability to be thorough in completing work tasks, giving attention to detail, being honest and ethical, and being reliable, responsible, and dependable in fulfilling obligations. The position further requires: accuracy, decision-making, and concentration/vigilance; the ability to work in a team environment, isolation, public contact and/or close physical proximity with others. The position also requires travel to and from job related locations during the course of a scheduled workday, subject to County policies regarding the use of County vehicles and/or private vehicles used on County business and the ability to drive a motor vehicle including the possibility of driving a multi-passenger van or a lift-gate box truck. Some lifting, bending, kneeling, and reaching may be involved in support of staff configuring equipment for polling locations. Job requires working rotating shifts, weekends, overtime, and/or holidays to meet election cycle demands.
Essential Job Tasks:
Administers comprehensive elections programs for Maricopa County. Coordinates the timely electronic, mechanical, and/or by-hand count processing, verification and reporting of elections results in cooperation with other county, state and federal agencies. Supervises the recruitment, training, and evaluation of election workers and staff. Develops, administers and coordinates election division budgets. Manages vendor relationships, procurement processes, and the Elections Department warehouse. Reviews existing and proposed changes to election law, rules and regulations and oversees the implementation of changes to Election Department processes. Provides feedback on proposed changes in law effecting the Elections Department. Maintains security, auditing and accountability of all election materials and equipment, and related support resources. Establishes policies and procedures to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Elections Department. Participates in the development of new and improved concepts and procedures for the most effective use of IT equipment, techniques, and best practices to improve efficiency of Elections Department functions. Analyzes and develops recommendations for needed revisions, adjustments or creation of voting precincts. Collects, analyzes and reports statistical election data to the County Recorder; and in conjunction with the County Recorder, to county, state and federal agencies and press. Acts, as directed, as a spokesperson for the Elections Department in addition to interfacing with public, as needed.
Selection Procedure:
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.

Maricopa County Human Resources | 301 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Business hours 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
602.506.3755 | | se habla español

Maricopa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Maricopa County will make reasonable accommodation(s) during the employment process.
In addition, Maricopa County complies with A.R.S.§23-211 et seq. and submits information on all new hires to e-Verify.
Finally, Maricopa County complies with A.R.S.§36-601 (Smoke Free AZ Act) and prohibits smoking in all places of employment.