Director, Election Operations

Date: Jan 13, 2022

Location: Edmonton, AB

Company: Government of Alberta

Job Information

Job Title: Director, Election Operations 

Job Requisition ID: 22831

Ministry: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (OCEO)

Location: Edmonton

Full or Part-Time: Full Time

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week

Regular/Temporary: Permanent

Scope: Open Competition

Closing Date: January 23, 2022 11:59 PM MST

Classification: Management Senior Manager Zone 2

About Us

The mandate of Elections Alberta is to administer open, fair and impartial elections by providing stakeholders with the necessary information and means to participate in the democratic process. We also provide support to election officials to ensure impartial service delivery and serve in an advisory and regulatory role to achieve compliance in electoral finance activities.


Elections Alberta is a non-partisan office of the Legislative Assembly.


Reporting to the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, this position is responsible for the operations and logistics of electoral activities. These include an election, by-election, enumeration, or plebiscite held under the Election Act, a senate election held under the Alberta Senate Election Act, a referendum held under the Referendum Act, a recall vote held under the Recall Act, or an initiative vote held under the Citizen Initiative Act.


The primary focus of this role is on planning, coordinating, managing, and directing election operations in support of stakeholders and in compliance with electoral legislation. This includes:

  • Directing the activities of the election operations unit to ensure that appropriate priorities, decisions and actions are taken according to operational imperatives and time sensitivity.
  • Hiring, training, and overseeing the work of 10 returning officer liaisons and 87 returning officers across the province, ensuring they perform their duties in accordance with legislative requirements and internal policies and procedures.
  • Directing public engagement activities ensuring chosen strategies are conducted in accordance with Election Alberta’s vision, mission, and mandate.
  • Reviews and assesses electoral events, best practices and emerging technology and processes to continually improve election processes.



  • A post-secondary degree in a related field and a minimum of 7 years related experience in a progressively responsible management position that includes leading, facilitating, planning, developing and implementing complex initiatives, policies and projects is required.
  • Experience in electoral operations or managing large events.
  • Experience in implementing complex legislation.



  • In-depth knowledge of election management and election operations.
  • Previous leadership and supervisory experience within government.
  • Demonstrated experience working with stakeholders.
  • Extensive knowledge of the legislation (Election Act, Alberta Senate Election Act, Referendum Act, Recall Act, Citizen Initiative Act, Local Authorities Election Act, Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act)

APS Competencies

Competencies are behaviours that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/psc-alberta-public-service-competency-model.pdf

  • Agility
  • Drive for Results
  • Develop Self and Others
  • Build Collaborative Environments
  • Develop Networks
  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving


$4,037.95 to $5,127.61 bi-weekly


This position is exempt from the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE). Final Candidates will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies.


To move forward in the recruitment process your application must include a cover letter that clearly outlines how your education and previous work experience relates to the qualifications and requirements for this position.

How To Apply

Click on the “Apply Now” button. Online applications are preferred. If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the job ID, to: Elections Alberta, Human Resources, Suite 100, 11510 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB, T5G 2Y5 or fax: 780-422-2900.


It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-overview.aspx.  It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.


Closing Statement

We thank all applicants for their interest. Applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates’ education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.