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Field Liaison Officers – Statement of Qualifications

A. Essential qualifications


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


  1. Election experience as a returning officer, assistant returning officer, additional assistant returning officer or field liaison officer at the federal level, or equivalents at the provincial or territorial level, or other acceptable experience in managing election operations.
  2. Experience as a senior manager in a mid-size or large organization with decentralized operations, with demonstrated success in providing leadership, in team building, and in managing projects, human resources, budgets and communications with staff, management and stakeholders.


For both regions, bilingualism will be considered an asset.

B. Knowledge and competencies to be assessed during the recruitment process

  1. Knowledge of the mandate, role and responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (Elections Canada) and of the local Elections Canada office
  2. Knowledge of the management of projects, human resources, financial resources and communications
  3. Knowledge of demographic groups and the social and cultural challenges in the region
  4. Ability to provide advice to returning officers so that they can implement the statutory and administrative requirements of their position
  5. Ability to provide advice to Elections Canada on the challenges, risks and issues related to the preparations for and conduct of an election
  6. Ability to negotiate and solve problems
  7. Ability to work in a computerized environment
  8. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  9. Ability to lead change management
  10. Excellent interpersonal skills – diplomacy, tact, judgment, reliability, adaptability and discretion

C. Additional qualifications that may be used to select candidates

  1. Ability to communicate in both official languages (considered an asset in both regions)
  2. Experience managing a staff of 20 or more and a budget of $1M or more as a senior manager in an organization

D. Important considerations for appointment

  1. Candidates should reside within the region or within a 200 km radius of the region for which they are applying. This criterion will be applied in the screening process.
  2. A reference check will be sought with the electoral management body that the candidate has most recently been employed with.
  3. An exam, interview and computer abilities assessment may be administered.
  4. Candidates who are being considered for appointment must:
    1. Complete and submit the Treasury Board Personnel Screening, Consent and Authorization Form, which includes providing information required for criminal record and credit checks
    2. Be granted Reliability status before they can be appointed
    3. Be prepared to accept the following conditions of appointment:
      1. Not engage in politically partisan conduct at the federal, provincial, territorial or municipal levels
      2. Not make a contribution to a candidate, a leadership contestant or a nomination contestant
      3. Not belong to or make a contribution to, be an employee of or hold a position in a registered party, an eligible party or a registered electoral district association
      4. Be available between electoral events for pre-event planning and other part-time and intermittent activities
      5. Be available and able to work long hours, without notice, for the duration of an election or referendum period and the post-event period
      6. Attend training sessions in Gatineau or in other locations in Canada, as required

For details, see the Code of Professional Conduct for Election Administrators.