Principal Executive/Manager H (ELECTIONS DIRECTOR)
State of Oregon - Salem, OR

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The Oregon Secretary of State is one of three constitutional offices created at statehood. An independent constitutional office, the Secretary of State answers directly and solely to the people of Oregon.

Our Mission: The Secretary of State is the keeper of Oregon’s history, the auditor of public funds, the first stop for Oregon businesses and the chief elections office. We:
  • Engage Oregonians
  • Innovate for the Future
  • Deliver results
Our Vision: The Secretary of State delivers better results for Oregonians through:
  • More effective and efficient service delivery;
  • Greater transparency and accountability;
  • Using Innovation to connect Oregonians to their government
Our Values:
  • Foster innovation
  • Simplify
  • Promote continual job improvement
  • Build effective partnerships
The Secretary of State employs approximately 200 full-time, part-time and temporary employees. The Secretary oversees the functions of seven program Divisions: Archives, Audits, Business Services, Corporation, Elections, Human Resources and Information Systems.

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Duties & Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for providing strategic policy recommendations, direction, and proposals to promote the successful execution of the objectives of the Elections Division. This is accomplished in part, but not limited to, by:
  • Developing comprehensive policies to meet both state and federal constitutional and statutory mandates.
  • Explaining and interpreting laws, rules, policies and procedures to clients in order to ensure compliance with an understanding of election law.
  • Serving as an information source for election officials and the
    general public.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with county clerks, other local and state officials, employees and the general public.
  • Monitoring all phases of the initiative process, verification of initiative petitions, campaign and political finance processes, the elections complaint process, as well as conflict of interest and oath processes.
  • Developing and managing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) program.
  • Creating and maintaining a high performance environment through positive leadership and strong team orientation.
  • Maintaining public confidence in the integrity of Oregon’s nonpartisan elections system.
This is an extremely visible, high profile position that serves at the pleasure of the Secretary of State. This position reports to the Deputy Secretary of State and serves a member of the Agency’s executive management team.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:


Your resume and cover letter must demonstrate the following minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Management, or a closely related field and eight years of management experience—including strategic planning, program development and evaluation, and budget development—at least two years of which is in administration of elections; OR any combination of the above education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

Additional Information:

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to expedite their materials, as this recruitment can close at any time.

To apply for this position please submit the following information to the Secretary of State’s Human Resources Division:

A current resume

A cover letter describing your interest in the position and your qualifications in the following:
  • Developing strategic policy recommendations, direction and proposals to promote successful execution of objectives.
  • Creating and maintaining a high performance environment through positive leadership and a strong team orientation.
  • Presenting information to public audiences, legal counsel, media and legislators, including participating in court proceedings.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with county clerks, other local and state officials, employees and the general public.


    Secretary of State
    Human Resources Division
    255 Capitol ST NE, Suite 105
    Salem, OR 97310

    FAX: 503-986-2175

    Application materials must be complete and legible. The Secretary of State’s office is not responsible for materials that are late, misdirected, illegible or missing. No exceptions will be made.

    The Secretary of State’s Office does not have procedures or policies in place for VISA sponsorships. Within three-days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

    The selection process consists of a review of your application materials and an evaluation of your education, experience and training. Please note that your response will also be evaluated for English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Qualified applicants whose background most closely match the needs of the position will be invited to interview. Final candidates may be asked to participate in additional interviews.

    The Oregon Secretary of State
    is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer
    committed to a diverse work place
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