Chief Returning Officer

TMSU By-Election Fall 2023/2024

The Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union (TMSU) is seeking a Chief Returning Officer (CRO) to
facilitate its Students’ Union elections between October 30th and November 24th, 2023.

Position TitleChief Returning Officer
Start DateASAP
End DateNovember 30, 2023
Rate of Pay$25.00 – 28.00 per hour
Hours per Week20 – 40 hours
Number of Positions1
ContractContract – Temporary

Job Responsibilities

The CRO has the responsibility to organize and oversee the elections process. In addition, the CRO ensures adequate promotion to the TMSU’s 38,000 members. This CRO develops candidate’s guidelines and enforces the by-laws and the Elections Procedure Code of the Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union. The CRO works directly with a Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) and the TMSU’s Executive Director who provides staff support and institutional memory.


  • Applicants must NOT be a student at Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Hours per week are flexible and based on the Election Period demands
  • Applicants must be available for a set schedule of office hours between 10am and 6pm during the election period and available full-time on voting, campaigning and elections result days November 14th – 24th (40 hours per week)
  • Applicants must be able to work flexible hours and evenings/weekends if needed.


  • Promote and plan for the elections;
  • Hire, train, and supervise the (DRO) along with the Elections Committee;
  • Ensure the election process is organized in a manner which is fair, efficient and democratic;
  • Review Guidelines for Candidates;
  • Enforce the Elections Procedures Code & TMSU by-laws, make rulings where necessary;
  • Facilitate the Elections Forum;
  • Facilitate the All-Candidates meeting
  • Complete a report about the 2023 by-elections process for presentation at the TMSU’s Board of Directors meeting at the close of the elections period;
  • Answer questions and respond to media request when necessary

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • Experience in a student-focused or membership-driven organization and knowledge in the areas of governance, elections and by-laws;
  • Adequate understanding of the goals and values of the student movement in Canada
  • The following experiences in a membership-driven organization:
    • Notable experience in staff management
    • Notable experience administering elections and by-laws;
    • Experience with organizing and supervising Student union elections within the last 3-5 years
    • Notable experience managing membership campaigns within the last 5-3 years;
  • The following abilities in a fast-paced and multifaceted work environment:
    • Experience interpreting and enforcing policy and by-laws
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Excellent Communication (tone, grammar, responsivity, directness) skills;
    • Excellent Organizational skills (recording & time management) skills;
    • Excellent Compositional (calming, sympathizing & neutralizing) skills;
    • Working knowledge of: Microsoft Excel, Outlook, G Suite and database programs.
  • The CRO will have access to sensitive and confidential student information. The ideal candidate will maintain confidentiality and respectfully store and delete information as necessary.

Application Guidelines

RESUME & COVER LETTER DUE October 6th @ 4:00pm to:

Address: 55 Gould St, Suite 311, Toronto, ON, M5B1E9

Who are we?

The Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union represents over 38,000 full-time undergraduate students at Toronto Metropolitan University, in downtown Toronto. As the central students’ union on campus, the TMSU works to build campus life, advocate on behalf of its members, organize campaigns and initiatives, provide cost-saving services, and work with students across the province and country for a more affordable and accessible post-secondary education system.
For more information on the Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union, please check out our website at


The Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union is independently incorporated and autonomous from Toronto Metropolitan University. The Toronto Metropolitan Students’ Union is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from diverse communities, including: Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour, Persons with disabilities, Gender non-conforming folks, members of the Queer community, Trans folk and Women.

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