Cuyahoga County BOE seeks temporary employees

Prior to every county-wide election, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections' human resources staff is responsible for filling several hundred temporary positions. These positions, which can last up to 12 weeks, provide a unique and fascinating perspective on the election process.   

Temporary employees at the BOE earn $10 per hour, and the work week is generally Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although additional hours are sometimes required as the election draws near. Election Day itself, Nov. 4, is a long day (and night) for all temporary and full-time staff.

"With each new group of temporary employees we hire, we hear someone say, 'I had no idea all of this goes on here,'" said Claudia Merritt, human resources manager. "As voters, what we know about elections is usually learned when we go to the polling place. But there is so much that has to happen before Election Day, and we rely on temporary employees to make it all happen."

Some of those tasks include processing vote by mail applications, preparing the poll books, and assisting voters who come to the BOE headquarters to vote. The work location is the BOE main building at E. 30th and Euclid, or at the BOE warehouse on E. 40th and Perkins Ave.

"Because the assignment can vary, the skill sets we’re looking for will vary also," said Merritt. "For some positions, good customer service are a must; for others, accuracy and attention to detail are critical. Some, but not all, assignments require computer skills. Reliability? Dependability? Flexibility? Yes, yes and yes."

If interested in obtaining a temporary position with the Board of Elections, visit Click on the Employment tab, then the Click to Apply Here Now tab.

Mike West

Media and Voter Education Specialist Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Read More on Local News
Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.14.2014