1402 Junior Clerk-Field Election Deputy

Recruitment #TEX-1402-903876


The mission of the San Francisco Department of Elections (Department) is to provide election-related services to all City residents and to conduct elections that are free, fair, and functional. Serving approximately 500,000 registered voters, the Department administers elections in an open and transparent manner, making a concerted effort at all times to inspire public confidence in the integrity of elections in the City.

In preparation for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election, the Department is now seeking applications for Field Election Deputies (FEDs). For this election, the Department will employ and train approximately 70 FEDs. Each FED will be responsible for supporting a territory of six to eight polling places and will be provided with a City vehicle (a minivan) for travel between sites and a cell phone to communicate with Department staff about sites’ activities.

Serving as a FED is great opportunity to learn about elections and get paid. This job could be just the ticket for your schedule and giving back to the community! Training hours are paid, training is conducted on the weekends, and most communication is done via email to give potential employees ease of joining the Department while being able to maintain other commitments.

Position Description
FEDs start early on Election morning, serving from approximately 4 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m. During that time, FEDs and are tasked with confirming polling places in their territories are set up and open, sites have enough supplies, voting equipment is functioning properly, and poll workers are carrying out the tasks for which they were trained. After the polls close, FEDs often help poll workers complete their closing tasks and paperwork.

Over the course of Election Day, FEDs are Department of Elections’ liaisons at the polling places, staying in constant contact with Department staff.

Appointment Duration
Applicants must be able to commit to the following work hours for which they will be paid:

  • February 8, 9, or 15 (8 hours) - Training
  • February 29 (4 hours) – Route driving practice
  • Election Day, March 3 (up to 20 hours; after the first 8 hours, pay will be calculated at the overtime rate)

 Although the core FED position will only involve approximately 40 hours of work, there are likely to be other election projects available for those who are interested in additional work opportunities. Applicants invited to an interview, will be offered to fill out a questionnaire indicating their availability outside of the above schedule.

Environment and Requirements
Positions will require walking outdoors, operating a city vehicle while driving to various neighborhoods in the City, setting up and operating voting equipment, and lifting and moving objects weighing up to 50 pounds. As driving in the City will be an essential part of the assignment, a driver’s license and clean driving record is required.

Ideal candidates will be available to work flexible hours in the weeks surrounding Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, but in any case must commit to working the schedule indicated in the Appointment Duration.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants will possess the following attributes:

  • Experience working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and manage others
  • A strong work ethic and can do/will do attitude
  • The ability to focus and follow instructions carefully
  • A commitment to public service and civic duty

Minimum Qualifications

These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.


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.

License and Certification:


Any one of the following may substitute for the required experience:

Completion of 15 semester units (or equivalent quarter units) of coursework from an accredited college or university; OR

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

Completion of an approved City and County of San Francisco Clerical Administrative training program (as designated on the job announcement).

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, by telephone at (415) 557-4831, or by email 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.

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