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Play a leadership role in the electoral process. 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.

Current Vacancies:

  • St. Norbert

Read the full job description:


  • Non-partisan/no political affiliation
  • Eligible voter (18 years or over, Canadian citizen, Manitoba resident)
  • Project/event management experience
  • People management experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Independent, yet able to follow set processes
  • Knowledge of your electoral division is an asset
  • French language skills are preferred in bilingual electoral divisions

This is a term position with some part-time work and paid training prior to the election and a full-time commitment required during the election.


  • Approximately $15,000 for Returning Officers
  • Approximately $12,000 for Assistant Returning Officers

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

How to apply:

  • Complete the application form. Please note that the dates listed in part 3, Availability, no longer apply. Applicants must be available immediately for training.
  • Once completed, submit to Elections Manitoba by email, or print the form and mail or fax it.

There are two ways to complete the form.

  1. Print and complete manually:
    • Click on the "application form" link, above
    • Print the document
    • Once printed, complete the application form manually
    • Submit it to us by mail or fax.
  2. Complete the application on your computer:
    • Click on the "application form" link, above
    • Save the document to your computer prior to completing the application
    • Once saved to your computer you can begin to complete the application
    • A completed application form can be emailed as an attachment or printed and submitted by fax or mail.

The application form must be completed and returned to Elections Manitoba. Use extra sheets if required. A resume alone will not be accepted and is not required.

Completed forms may be sent by email, post or fax:

Email: RORecruit@elections.mb.ca

Address: 120-200 Vaughan Street

Winnipeg, MB R3C 1T5

Attention: Recruitment

Fax: 204-945-6011

For more information, please contact us

Phone: 204-945-7940

Toll-free: 1-866-628-6837 ext. 7940

Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers are appointed based on merit with respect to qualifications and skills.

There are five steps in the selection process:

  1. Screening of the Application for Position of Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer: The evaluation will establish whether the applicant’s experience is relevant to the position(s). It is therefore 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 successfully pass this evaluation stage 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.

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

email election@elections.mb.ca | phone 204-945-3225 | 1-866-628-6837

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