JOB DESCRIPTION: LOCAL ELECTION SUPERVISOR
(5 positions available in Berkeley, LA, Houston, D.C., and NYC)
Duration: July 1st – November 15th
Hours: some daytime, weekend, and evening hours necessary. Overall average
will be part-time, though during crunch times before certain deadlines, work
will be full-time.
Compensation: $6,000 – $8,000 depending on experience and possible election
extension paid in bi-monthly installments.
Primary Responsibilities: Each LES will report directly to the National
Election Supervisor (NES). Together they are responsible for the election
being conducted in the fairest possible manner. The NES will train each LES
and provide templates and guidelines to be used throughout the process.
Please note that while there is a strict election timeline, each LES will
need to be flexible and creative with respect to each task. The position has
several distinct phases with various responsibilities.
Phase I: Nomination Period
Raise general awareness about the election on-air, in the local station
community and online.
Inform both listener and staff members about how to become a candidate and
the deadline to renew their membership to be eligible to vote and/or run as a
Verify the eligibility of candidates, validate their submitted materials and
the required petition signatures and finalize the list of eligible candidates.
Phase II: Campaign Period
Continue the promotion of the election process.
Assist the NES with auditing and correcting the list of eligible staff and
Coordinate the recording of candidate on-air statements and ensure they are
aired both regularly and fairly by radio station staff.
Organize and moderate on-air and in-person candidate forums and community
meetings to give voters opportunities to meet and here from the candidates.
Enforce Pacifica’s Fair Campaign Policy, investigate allegations of
violations, issue warnings, or more severe penalties up to and including
revoking a candidate’s eligibility.
Phase III: Voting Period
Continue the promotion of the election and encourage staff and listener
members to vote.
Continue coordination of on-air and in-person candidate forums and the
enforcement of Pacifica’s Fair Campaign Policy.
Process missing ballot requests, verify voter eligibility.
Recruit and train volunteers for the ballot count.
Phase IV: Ballot Count & Wrap Up
Verify quorum has been reached with returned and online ballots.
Facilitate the counting of returned ballots.
Certify the local station election results.
Submit a detailed final report to the NES chronicling the 2015 local election
*Please note, if quorum of ballots have not been returned by the required
date the voting period may be extended for up to four (4) weeks. In this
event, a major publicity campaign, both on-air and by phone may be needed to
reach quorum and will also extend the ballot count.
Skills & Experience
College or equivalent professional experience;
Previous experience in community organizing, grassroots advocacy or electoral
Well organized and self-motivated with the ability to solve problems
creatively and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, campaign work environment;
Strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
Excellent interpersonal skills and experience preparing and delivering public
presentations. You know how to actively listen, clearly convey ideas and
direction, and motivate others;
Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures; Proven
ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a local and
Proficient in office suite applications, email, and online CRMs with the
ability to quickly learn and use various online platforms and databases to
complete tasks and submit reports.
Ability and willingness to be assertive to ensure that election policies are
followed by paid and unpaid station staff.
Patience, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a thick skin.
UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED APPLY BY JUNETEENTH That's June 19...
Additional Beneficial Skills
Familiarity with “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) or “Choice Voting”
Spanish-language proficiency, fluency a plus (particularly in the KPFK, Los
Angeles station area)
Media production (particularly audio)
Booking and event promotion
How to Apply Click here to submit your application online
or send a cover letter,
resume/CV and a list of 3 references to the attention of L. Joy Williams,
National Election Supervisor, at email@example.com
Indicate which station you
are applying for and include “Local Election Supervisor + Your Name” in the
subject line of your email. Applications must be received by Friday, June 5,
Pacifica Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages
applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and