Job Posting - Chief Returning Officer




The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), is seeking a CHIEF RETURNING OFFICER (CRO) to facilitate its Students’ Union elections between January and  February 2015.


The CRO has the responsibility to organize and oversee the entire elections process for the five members of the Executive Committee, Faculty Directors in each of Ryerson’s five faculties and the four Graduate Executive Committee positions. In addition, the CRO ensures adequate promotion to the RSU’s 30,000 members. This CRO chairs the Elections Appeals Committee, develops candidate’s guidelines and enforces the bylaws of the Ryerson Students’ Union as they apply to elections. The CRO works directly with a Deputy Returning Officer and the RSU’s Internal Coordinator who provide staff support and institutional memory.




Applicants must NOT be a student at Ryerson.

Applicants must be available for a set schedule of office hours during the election period


The CRO will:

Promote and plan for the elections;

Hire, train, and supervise the Deputy Returning Officer and poll clerks;

Ensure the election process is organized in a manner which is fair, efficient and democratic;

In conjunction with the Internal Coordinator, will review Guidelines for Candidates;

Enforce the election rules, make rulings where necessary;

Chair the Elections Appeals Committee;

Facilitate the Election Debate;

Write a complete report about the elections process for presentation at the RSU Board of Directors meeting.


Successful candidates will posses:

-Experience in a student-focused or membership-driven organisation and knowledge in the areas of governance, elections and by-laws;

-Demonstrated experience in student run elections and campaigns

-Excellent communication and organisational skills.

-The ability to work within deadlines in a fast paced multi-faceted work environment.

-Ability to clearly interpret rules and regulations and deal with concerns.

-Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Outlook and database programs.

-Strong planning and time management skills.

-Experience in staff supervision an asset.


Compensation of $2,500.00 will be paid in installments throughout the appointment term, with the largest amount available upon presentation of the Election Report to the RSU Board of Directors.

RESUME & COVER LETTER DUE  Friday, November 21, 2014 @ 5:00pm to:

Casey Chu Cheong, Internal Coordinator


Ryerson Students’ Union 55 Gould Street, Room SCC311
Toronto, ON M5B 1E9           


email: or fax: 416-979-5260

The Ryerson Students’ Union is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from diverse communities, including: Aboriginal people, persons of colour, persons with disabilities, members of the queer community, transgender people and women.