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JOB DESCRIPTION: LOCAL ELECTION SUPERVISOR (5 positions available in Berkeley, LA, Houston, D.C., and NYC)
About Pacifica Foundation
Pacifica Radio (www.pacifica.org) is the oldest network of independently operated, non-commercial, community-based, listener-supported radio stations in the United States. The five member stations are KPFA (Berkeley, CA), KPFK (Los Angeles, CA), KPFT (Houston, TX), WPFW (Washington, D.C.), and WBAI (New York, NY). It is the only listener-supported, independent media network in which both listenermembers and staff-members (paid and unpaid) have the opportunity to be involved in the decisionmaking process of the station’s budget, programming and policies via the local station board.
About the Election Process
Each Local Station Board (LSB) is composed of 24 delegates and 12 are elected to serve on the board each election cycle. These 12 delegates are elected to the board through two simultaneous elections, one among listener-members (listeners elect 9 listener members) and one among staff-members (staff elect 3 staff delegates). Reporting to the National Elections Supervisor (NES), each Local Election Supervisor (LES) is responsible supervising and administering these two simultaneous elections.
Duration: October 1st – December 28th
Hours of work: The work schedule and time required per week will vary based on the project timeline including daytime, weekend, and evening hours at crunch times; the LES will be expected to meet certain deadlines and schedule their time accordingly while in close communication with the NES.
Compensation: $6,000 – $8,000 based on related experience payable twice per month upon receipt of invoice submitted by the LES with corresponding timesheet to the NES for approval.
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 (Start date to Oct 24)
- Raise general awareness about the election on-air, in the local station community and online.
- Respond to inquiries from interested members re how to nominate / be nominated and administer the appropriate paperwork required for the applicant to meet a stated set of criteria.
- 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 candidate.
- 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 (Oct 25 – November 14)
- Assist the NES with auditing and correcting the list of eligible staff and listener voters.
- Working closely with the NES, assess applications as they are received and verify eligibility against stated criteria towards finalizing the approved list of candidates to appear on the ballot
- Coordinate the recording of candidate on-air statements (in English and Spanish, if desired) 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 hear from the candidates.
- Enforce Pacifica’s Fair Campaign Policy, record/investigate allegations of violations, issue warnings, or more severe penalties up to and including revoking a candidate’s eligibility as instructed by the National Elections Supervisor.
Phase III: Voting Period (November 15 – December 20)*
- 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: Counting / Wrap Up (December 20 – December 28)
- Assist as required by the NES to facilitate a timely and accurate count of ballots.
- Submit a detailed final report to the NES chronicling the 2018 local election process.
*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 thus extending the work period and corresponding compensation.
Skills & Experience:
- Previous experience in Pacifica or similar election administration processes is strongly desired;
- Excellent organizational skills and self-motivated with the ability to solve problems creatively and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced, campaign work environment;
- Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and positive attitude with service ethic
- Excellent interpersonal skills and experience preparing and delivering public presentations; ability 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 remote team
- Proficient in standard computer applications, email, 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, volunteer station staff.
Patience, perseverance, a sense of humor, and a thick skin.
Additional Beneficial Skills
- Familiarity with “Single Transferable Vote” (STV) or “Choice Voting”
- Media production (particularly audio)
- Booking and event promotion
- For KPFK in Los Angeles, Spanish-language proficiency is an asset
How to Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume/CV and a list of 3 references to the attention of Graeme Drew, National Elections Supervisor, at [email protected] Please indicate which station you are applying for and include “LES + four letter acronym of the appropriate station” in the subject line of your email.
Application Deadline: Interviews begin on September 25 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Pacifica Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.
KPFA Pacifica Foundation Radio is an EOE/AA Employer
View our 2007 EEO Report (21kb, pdf).
For internship opportunites at KPFA Radio see our Internship Page.
For additional job listings, please see the websites of the other 4 individual Pacifica stations: