Chief Returning Officer

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Scarborough Campus Students' Union
  • Administrative / Clerical Support
  • Mediation / Facilitation
Contract - Part Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Scarborough
Entry LevelN/A2019-01-072019-01-26

Position Title: Chief Returning Officer (CRO)

Organization: Scarborough Campus Students' Union (SCSU)

Reporting to: Board of Directors

Position Type: Honorarium

Remuneration: $3750 Spring Elections

Duration: January 14 2019 - March 2019

Expected Start Date: Monday 14th January, 2019 at 9am

Requirement: Must NOT be a student at University of Toronto Scarborough 

Positions Available: 1

The Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) is the not-for-profit organization that represents all full-time and part-time undergraduate students at the University of Toronto Scarborough and provides to its members a broad range of advocacy, services and events. The Student Centre is operated by the SCSU and serves as the central hub for student life/services on the UTSC campus.


Recognizing that the CRO’s functions embrace a broad range of roles and responsibilities, it is important to note that not all functions are contained within this posting, and the position itself will be ever-changing and adaptive. Nevertheless, specific roles and responsibilities allocated to this position include, but are not limited to the following:

**Please note that the successful applicants may not be a member of the SCSU.**

  • Serve as the Chair on the Elections Committee
  • Make all rulings on all matters pertaining to the elections, notwithstanding any rulings made by the Elections Appeals Committee
  • Adjudicate and enforce the election bylaws, and policies.
  • Coordinate the Deputy Returning Officers in their duties.
  • Oversee the organization and operations of the Executive and Director Elections and if needed, run-off elections in the case of a tie, as well as oversee any referendum.
  • Publicize the elections and referendum and all related events pertaining to the elections and referendum both in the media and in terms of posting
  • Coordinate the candidates; organize and conduct the All-Candidates Meeting and the Election Forum.
  • Responsible for maintaining an email account and phone number (with voice-mail) for the purposes of being contacted on issues related to the election.
  • Keep regular office hours during the week, and ensure the hours are publicized to all students.
  • Acquire a list of voters in consultation with The Office of Student Affairs & Services and the registrars office
  • Retain the polling clerks and ensure that all polling clerks are properly trained.
  • Draft a polling schedule prior to the onset of campaigning, and maintain full staffing during polling hours.
  • Tally the ballots at the end of the elections and referendum in compliance to the SCSU Elections Procedures Code.
  • Ensure the compliance of all Constitutions, By-laws, and Policies with regards to the elections as well as for any necessary Referendum/Plebiscites that may occur. Additional compensation will be provided in administering any Referendum/Plebiscite.
  • Submit and present a detailed report to the SCSU Board of Directors following the elections and referendum.


  • Previous experience as a Chief Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer.
  • Familiarity with the SCSU Elections Procedures Code is an asset.
  • Event and logistics planning.
  • Being able to lead a group, delegate tasks, and work as part of an entire team.
  • Self motivated, able to meet time sensitive deadlines and to work with minimal supervision.
  • Applicants should be impartial (i.e. you are not a candidate in the current elections; you do not take any sides in the referendum or the elections).


  • Highly motivated and dedicated individual that is enthusiastic about the elections process at UTSC.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and pressured environment.
  • Highly organized, and able to meet demands on time.
  • Must not currently have a direct role with the Scarborough Campus Students' Union.

For more information about SCSU, please visit our website at

PLEASE NOTE: SCSU is an independently incorporated organization working within the University of Toronto community. This position is NOT a University of Toronto staff position.

Interested candidates should send their résumé, cover letter, and application form to 

This position will be open until filled. 

We thank all who apply, but only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.