Elections Worker (Temporary)

King County   Auburn, WA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on July 2, 2021

King County Elections (KCE) manages voter registrations and elections for more than 1.4 million voters in King County, the largest vote-by-mail county in the United States. KCE's mission is to conduct fair, open and accurate elections.  As a leader in providing inclusive elections, KCE is focused on three key priorities – (1) actively identifying and working to remove barriers to voting at both the individual and community level, (2) strengthening relationships with community and governmental partners, and (3) creating a culture of professional growth and development, openness and inclusion. Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx .
We are recruiting to create a roster of skilled temporary employees who will work in seasonal temporary positions in various work groups within Elections.  These positions will perform a variety of duties necessary to support the administration of the 2021 August Primary Election in King County.  Specific job duties will vary based on the needs of the Elections Department. Training is provided to perform assigned work.
Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public.
Forms and Materials Required: King County online application and answers to the supplemental questions.  Applications will be reviewed as received.
Work Schedule: The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The number of hours worked and the work schedule vary according to the workload.  During peak election cycles some positions might work additional hours including evenings and weekends.  Typically, the duration of the work is 3-4 weeks; however, some positions work only a few days.  These positions are non-exempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act and are eligible for overtime pay.

Work Location(s):  This position will work at Renton Elections Building located at 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.  The position may also be requested to work at off-site voting and registration centers throughout the county.

Job Duties

King County Elections believes in working in a very agile working environment.  Creating a team that delivers now and in the future is very important.  There may be various job duties that you could be assigned. Some examples Include:
Customer Service – assist voters with questions on site or may answer incoming calls, provide basic election information, look up voter information, and/or call voters to verify information; enter data and validate voter information for various elections related activities.
Voter Services/Registration – process incoming voter registration requests and search for matching records, enter voter information data, and on-site customer service.
Production – provide support for large-scale operations, establishing, reconciling, and maintaining data.  Production jobs process incoming ballots and may require standing or sitting in one location for long periods of time.  Most positions require lifting and moving ballot trays weighing 25 lbs.  Some of our processes include:
Ballot Review – duplicate damaged or write-in ballots.
Opening - open and separate envelopes and ballots; inspect ballots and envelopes, complete batch ticket information.
Signature Verification – analyze and determine whether to accept or challenge a signature by applying the criteria of 'Signature Verification standards' as required by Revised Code of Washington.

Ballot Collection - accompany a driver to a predetermined route and empty ballots from the ballot drop boxes. Secure the ballots and transport them back to the Elections office.

Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Candidates must have predictable and reliable attendance and the ability to work the required hours for the assigned job. Travel to work locations throughout King County with limited or no public transportation services is required. The most competitive applicants will have work experience, abilities and skills in one or more of the following, depending on the requirements of each job: 

  • Data entry with accuracy and speed (timed computer test will be administered);
  • Attention to detail and proof reading skills;
  • Ability to file numerically or alpha with accuracy;
  • Customer service and team building skills;
  • Ability to follow directions with strict rules and regulations;
  • Ability to gain knowledge of elections terminology;
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Ability to multi-task in an efficient and accurate manner;
  • Ability to work independently in a team environment;
  • Ability to stand or sit for periods of time as required;
  • Ability to bend, lift and/or move 25 lbs. of ballots.

Supplemental Information

Selection Process:  Application materials will be screened on an ongoing basis; the most competitive candidates will be e-mailed for further steps in the selection process that may include a data-entry assessment test, interview, and physical agility test.  PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR FURTHER STEPS IN THIS PROCESS.

COVID-19 Precautions: We have incorporated a number of changes to our office flow, public access, sanitation, cubicle and desk setup, and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves to keep everyone safe and healthy.  More information will be provided to you about these protocols and how we are ensuring your safety if you are selected.

Union: These positions are represented by Teamsters Local 117, Professional & Technical and Administrative employees.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement 
Some of the work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through the end of 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate.    Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
To Apply 
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
 For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:  
 Reeshema Lewis
 Sr. Human Resources Analyst
 (206) 263-8413

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Answering the following questions will help us determine the position that is a "best" match for your background and experience. How many years of experience do you have working in customer service and/or working with the public in a diverse environment?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • 3 or more years
Most positions are physically demanding requiring standing, walking, sitting, bending, kneeling and lifting 25 lbs. Do you have the ability to perform these functions with or without an accommodation?
  • Yes
  • No
Would your previous employer say your attendance was good and you were on time and reliable?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you understand this is a Short Term Temporary position with variable hours as needed and may require you work more than an 8 hours on the day of Election?
  • Yes
  • No
Please check all boxes that apply to your previous work experience.
  • Data Entry/Typing
  • Customer Service
  • Call Center - Phones
  • Maintaining Records
  • Proofread and verify own work
  • No clerical support experience
Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower percentage of FT and do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff AND the position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of full-time status when compared to this one
  • No
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Program participant, to be considered you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff

Required Question