Mar 15, 2019
Mar 29, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time
Position Information

This is a four-year term position appointed by the Electoral Board with a starting date of July 1, 2019 and an end date of June 30, 2023.

The Arlington County Electoral Board is seeking a Director of Elections/General Registrar to provide professional and technical leadership to the Office of Elections and manage the planning, overseeing, and administering of elections in Arlington County. The Director is responsible for ensuring the necessary resources are acquired and in place to maintain the list of registered voters and assure elections are well-prepared and conducted in an accurate, efficient, and transparent manner.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Planning, developing, coordinating, and directing the activities of the Office of Elections, including voter registration; candidate processing and filing; pre-election and Election Day voting; ballot design; equipment programming and testing; poll worker recruitment and training; and voter outreach efforts.
  • Preparing and continuously evaluating the department's strategic goals and equipment security plan.
  • Supervising permanent and temporary staff of up to 50 individuals, including recruitment, training, scheduling and work assignment, implementation of policies and procedures, performance evaluation, and conflict resolution.
  • Coordinating the administrative processes with the deputy registrar, including but not limited to, budget development and monitoring, County administrative and personnel policies, and technology resources.
  • Consulting and coordinating with County Attorney and Commonwealth's Attorney as needed on legal issues.
  • Analyzing departmental performance and usage data to make informed projections about future needs, including staffing, space requirements, equipment, and supplies.
  • Providing guidance and technical support to candidates seeking election to local offices, and certifying eligible candidates for elections, including reviewing qualifications and processing of petitions.
  • Managing communication tools including web page, social media, and outreach materials, and ensuring information is accurate and timely.
  • Monitoring legislation introduced at the state and federal levels related to elections and election administration, and providing advice and expertise to legislators as needed.
  • Serving the community and professional organizations as a subject matter expert on elections and election administration; and representing the County at regional, state, and national workshops and conferences.
This Director must be self-directed and will have no direct immediate supervisor but will report to and seek guidance from the Arlington County Electoral Board. Additionally, the incumbent will receive guidance and advice from the Virginia Department of Elections as well as from various County departments and is responsible for keeping the Board informed of all relevant matters pertaining to the smooth operation of the department.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Management, Business Administration, Communications, or related area and significant professional experience working in state or local government administration, preferably in voter registration and election administration, with at least two years in a supervisory position. Certified professional election official a plus.

Preference will be given to Certified Professional Election Officials and candidates with a Master's Degree.

Key characteristics of the ideal candidate include:

  • Knowledge of laws, principles, and practices of election administration and voter registration, specifically in Virginia.
  • Knowledge of and experience in management and the utilization of supervision principles, concepts, and techniques; local government budgeting processes; policy formation, implementation, and evaluation; and security best practices, including both physical and cybersecurity. Knowledge of Arlington County policies, procedures, and processes a plus.
  • Strong leadership skills, including negotiation, communication both within and outside of the department, change management, and process reengineering.
  • Proficiency utilizing available technologies to improve and enhance current processes, and to use initiative and innovation to explore emerging technologies.
  • Ability to establish effective policies and procedures; make formal presentations and present information clearly and concisely verbally and in writing; and interpret laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; and make appropriate decisions accordingly.
  • Ability to exercise tact and courtesy, and to work under pressure and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, state, federal, media, non-profit, community, private, and other related entities.
  • Certified Election and Registration Associate and/or Virginia Registered Election Official preferred.

Special Requirements

Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the requirements under selection criteria highlighting your accomplishments in these areas. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach it to your online application.

Must be a registered voter in Arlington County at time of appointment and eligible to become a Virginia Notary Public.

Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate. Pursuant to Section 27-9 of the Arlington County code, this position requires the completion of "Statement of Economic Interest" (Financial Disclosure) form upon acceptance of employment and annually thereafter.

Additional Information

The employee must have the ability to lift light and occasionally heavier objects of up to approximately 20 pounds.

This is a 40-hour per week position with the incumbent being required to work additional hours leading up to and including Election Days, including some evenings and weekends.