The Elections Division within the Office of the Clerk and Recorder provides comprehensive elections services for the City and County of Denver, including voter records, voter services, ballot operations, technical and logistical support, and election administration. The Denver Elections Division is a national leader and vanguard of elections administration, with a reputation for innovative and voter-centric service.
Denver Elections Division Mission Statement
"To conduct Denver's elections in a fair, accurate, accessible, secure transparent and efficient manner; to educate and encourage the public to participate in voting process; and to maintain accurate voter registration and election records."
On behalf of the elected Clerk & Recorder, the position of Director of Elections is responsible for the preparation and conduct of all elections held in the City and County of Denver; overseeing all logistics and operations involved in the election process in accordance with federal, state, and local statutes and rules; and advising in the establishment and evaluation of elections policies and procedures.
- The Director of Elections leads a division comprised of multiple complex and technical departments responsible for the successful conduct of elections in the City and County of Denver with over 500,000 registered voters. The role is primarily strategic, operations, and leadership-focused, requiring experience and expertise in the field of conducting elections, elections policy, leading and managing employees to success.
- Day-to-day responsibilities include executive-level management of an elections organization within the office of an elected Clerk & Recorder, including the planning and development of annual and election-cycle strategic objectives, and leading and guiding election team members in the implementation of processes and best practices to successfully achieve those goals and objectives, over the various phases of the election process.
- Strategically advises and/or represents the organization’s positions, initiatives, perspectives, and interests with other agencies and departments, community and business groups, and legislative officials at the request of, or on behalf of the Clerk & Recorder.
- Cultivates, fosters, and maintains positive, professional working relationships with representatives within the office, from various agencies and departments, stakeholders, and community and business groups to gain their and support to further organizational or operational interests and objectives on behalf of the Clerk & Recorder.
- Provides expert advice, prepares, and provides presentations, on the conduct of elections and elections administration to and external stakeholders. Influential contributor for establishing framework and adopting policies for elections best practices.
- As an appointee, the Director of Elections will advise the Clerk & Recorder on all matters regarding the strategic planning, administration and conduct of elections, as well as legislative policies.
- Oversees the development of the division’s annual budget; has fiscal oversight responsibilities and exercises efficient fiscal stewardship by authorizing and controlling expenditures within established allocations.
- Maintains external awareness, monitoring conditions, trends, innovations, and practices that may have implications for Denver remaining a national leader in elections administration. Incorporates systems thinking to help lead change that supports continuous improvement.
Our ideal candidate will possess the following preferred qualifications:
- The ideal candidate must have the ability, the desire, and the enthusiasm to serve the public and the City and County of Denver. The ideal candidate is committed and dedicated to public service and innovative in developing solutions to better serve voters.
- Demonstrated experienced in leadership focused management, motivating and empowering employees to success, and being a team-orientated individual.
- Knowledge of the federal and state laws relating to elections, voter rights, and related rules and regulations.
- Demonstrated ability to supervise and lead teams in providing excellent service and project results within statute driven .
- Other skills include creation and implementation of ideas and processes that are forward thinking; be self-motivated, team oriented and an excellent communicator in both verbal and written form.
- Certification/Training/Experience in Lean methodologies.
- Exceptional project management experience.
We know that your time is valuable. So please do not unless you have the following minimum qualifications:
- Education Requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or related field.
- Experience Requirement: Five years of increasingly responsible business administration or public administration experience, including: three (3) years of management level work experience in the field of elections which must include managing professional level staff; and one (1) year of management experience must include budget and fiscal oversight responsibility, evaluation of business processes, and policy and decision-making experience with planning and organizing multiple programs, projects, operations or functions.
- Education/Experience Equivalency: A relevant master’s degree may substitute for up to one year of the business or public administration experience requirement but may not substitute for managerial experience.