Elections Director

General Statement of Duties:

Performs complex administrative and supervisory work in organizing and operating the County Elections Office. Work includes establishing voter registration procedures, overseeing candidate filings, and providing support to the County Board of Elections, including meeting coordination, budget drafting, and addressing voter issues. This role demands independent judgment, initiative, and excellent interpersonal skills, along with a deep understanding of election laws. Work is conducted under the guidelines of state laws and policies set by the County Board of Elections, with performance evaluated based on accuracy, efficiency, and the effectiveness of election operations.

Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the County Board of Elections.

Supervision is exercised over all department personnel.

Essential Duties and Tasks:

Oversees and coordinates all activities related to the planning, execution, and post-operation phases of early voting and Election Day. This includes ensuring adherence to statutory requirements and implementing best practices for election integrity.
Directs and supervises the day-to-day responsibilities of the election’s office staff, fostering a collaborative environment and ensuring the development of staff competencies.
Organizes and prepares for monthly Board of Elections meetings, including the development of agendas and the compilation of board packets, to ensure efficient and effective governance.
Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Elections Office, handling all media inquiries and interviews. Prepares and distributes legal notices as mandated by state legislation to appropriate media outlets.
Provides accurate and timely responses to inquiries from the public, ensuring a high level of customer service and support for voter education.
Implements and oversees rigorous security measures to protect election integrity and confidentiality across all voting systems and databases.
Ensures all election activities comply with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines, including the accurate maintenance of voter registration databases and the timely submission of required reports.
Develops and delivers comprehensive training programs for staff and election volunteers to ensure they are well-prepared to execute their duties effectively and in compliance with legal and procedural requirements.
Prepares and manages the annual budget for the Elections Office, ensuring optimal allocation of resources for all election-related activities and operations.
Actively stays informed of and adapts to changes in election laws, regulations, and requirements at the local, state, and federal levels. This responsibility includes regularly attending training sessions provided by the State and other relevant organizations, reviewing updates from the State Board of Elections, and ensuring all election practices are in compliance with the latest legal standards.
Performs related duties as required.

Desirable Education and Experience:

Position requires a minimum of a two-year degree in Administrative or Business-related field. A bachelor’s degree in business administration is preferred, along with a minimum of three years of experience in Elections, or a combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements:

Willingness to obtain certification from the State Board of Elections (Within one year).
Notary Public (Upon Hire)
Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license (Upon Hire).

Working Conditions:

Physical requirements include:

This is sedentary work requiring the frequent exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force.
Work regularly requires speaking or hearing and using hands; frequently requires sitting and repetitive motions; occasionally requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, kneeling or crawling, reaching with hands and arms and pushing or pulling.
Sensory requirements include:
Work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing ideas by means of the spoken word; and hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communication and/or to make fine distinctions in sound.
Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data.
Environmental Exposures include:
Work has no exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
Work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

Application Process: Burke County paper applications can be obtained at the Human Resources office, located at 200 Avery Ave. Morganton, NC, Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm; online applications are available at: www.burkenc.org. Completed applications should provide a complete work history, including a detailed and thorough list of job duties. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Burke County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Hiring Range: $69,639.00 – $83,567.00 (Dependent on Qualifications)

Closing Date: Open Until Filled, with a review of applicants beginning on April 3,2024

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