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Elections Manitoba is looking for community leaders to manage the next provincial election. The Chief Electoral Officer appoints a returning officer and an assistant returning officer for each of the 57 electoral divisions in Manitoba. The returning officers and assistant returning officers are responsible for the preparation and administration of all election activities in their electoral division.

We are not currently accepting applications for voting officers or other election positions. Please check back early in 2020.

Full job description:


  • Eligible voter (18 years or over, Canadian citizen, Manitoba resident).
  • Satisfactory security check.
  • Non-partisan in fact and appearance.


  • Successful completion of two years of an acceptable post-secondary education program or
  • An acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience.


  1. Demonstrated leadership experience/ability to lead a team.
  2. Demonstrated community knowledge of electoral division.
  3. Experience in managing human resources, financial management, material management and project management.
  4. Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
  5. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  6. Strong computer skills and experience in using computer programs and navigating the internet.
  7. Experience in managing special events in short time frames.
  1. Experience in the administration of electoral processes.
  2. Ability to communicate in both official languages, particularly in bilingual electoral divisions.
  3. Ability to communicate in a minority language spoken in the electoral division.

This is a term position with some part-time work and paid training starting November 2019.

A full-time commitment, including evenings and weekends, is required during the election: August 1 to October 31, 2020.


February 22, 2019

Compensation For The Election Period:

  • Approximately $16,500 for returning officers
  • Approximately $14,300 for assistant returning officers
  • Plus fees for preparation and training

Note that legislation permits employees to take an unpaid leave of absence from their current employment to work as an election official. For more information, see Elections Act, Sec. 14(b).


Your cover letter, résumé and application must clearly indicate how you meet the requirements.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Preferred method: Follow this link to provide your contact information, download and complete the application form, and attach/upload the form along with your cover letter and resume, OR
  2. Alternate method: Contact us to request an application form:

Employment Equity is a factor in selection. Applicants are asked to indicate if they are from any of the following groups: Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Returning officers and assistant returning officers are appointed based on merit with respect to qualifications and skills.

There are six steps in the selection process:

  1. Screening of Applications: The evaluation will establish whether the applicant’s experience is relevant to the position(s). It is in the applicant’s best interest to include all related experience, including any in the election field. This would include full-time and part-time employment, paid and unpaid positions, social, community and volunteer experience. Only those applicants who meet the requirements for the position will proceed to the next step.
  2. Online assessment: An online assessment to support the screening of all applicants.
  3. Interview: The interview will be conducted by a selection board.
  4. Reference checks: Reference checks will be completed to gather qualitative information about the applicant’s performance, skills, and similar matters from an applicant’s employers, schools and/or colleges.
  5. Second interviews with top candidates: Based on the results from the first interview and the reference checks, the recommended applicant will have a second interview before an appointment is made.
  6. Security check: The recommended applicant is subject to a security check. Elections Manitoba will provide information on this process when required.
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