Expression of Interest: Chief Electoral Officer

Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories


The Chief Electoral Officer is a statutory officer of the Legislative Assembly, responsible for the administration of all general elections and plebiscites in the NWT. The Chief Electoral Officer is also responsible for the administration of the Elections and Plebiscites Act, for establishing policies and procedures pertaining to elections and plebiscites, for managing the Register of Territorial Electors, and for providing training and guidance to electoral officers.

This Chief Electoral is not an employee in the GNWT public service. The Chief Electoral Officer holds office during good behaviour for a period of four years. It is expected that the Legislative Assembly will make an appointment in October 2018.

The Chief Electoral Officer will be provided remuneration in accordance with Section 5(5) of the Elections and Plebiscites Act. The anticipated range of remuneration will be between $122,000 and $180,000 per annum plus an additional benefits component. Remuneration will be fixed for the 4 year term. The Chief Electoral Officer will be reimbursed for reasonable travel and other expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of his or her duties, subject to any restrictions set by the Board of Management. The Office of the Clerk provides administrative, financial and other support services to its statutory officers.  Affirmative Action candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration.

Candidates should demonstrate strong experience, skill and ability in each of the following requirements of the position:

Integrity in public service
Team leadership
Conflict de-escalation and resolution skills
Sensitivity to diversity and northern Aboriginal cultures
Ability to maintain calm in crisis situations
Ability to provide leadership, direction, control and supervision over the conduct of elections and plebiscites
Organizational and management ability, including human, financial, information technology and data resource management
Analytical ability to interpret and apply legislation, legal precedents, legal opinions and policy, and to recommend legislative changes
Ability to communicate clearly and consistently with the general public, stakeholder groups, and media
Excellent writing skills, including the ability to draft post-election reports and sensitive correspondence
Existing network of contacts in the Northwest Territories, or the ability to build those networks rapidly.

Expressions of interest must include a resume (curriculum vitae), three references and a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the position and why you are interested in serving residents of the NWT as Chief Electoral Officer.

To obtain a copy of the Elections and Plebiscites Act, please refer to the Department of Justice website.

To be considered expressions of interest must be received by June 29, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. and addressed to:

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
c/o Office of the Clerk of the
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9
Telephone: 867-767-9130 ext. 12011
Fax: 867-873-0432