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Chief Electoral Officer



Competition # : 35473 

Department: Elections Nova Scotia

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Contract

Union Status: Government Officials - NSPG 

Closing Date: 5/25/2022 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Elections Nova Scotia is an independent, non-partisan agency that is responsible for the administration of the Elections Act. Its mandate is to conduct provincial general elections and by-elections; ensure compliance with the provincial electoral law including the political financing regime; establish and maintain election-related information including the Nova Scotia Register of Electors; seek advice and conduct studies related to electoral education and electoral processes.


Elections Nova Scotia must be prepared at all times to conduct by-elections and having recently secured a fixed date legislation, systematically and financially prudently plan for the for the 42nd provincial general election in 2025.


About Our Opportunity


The Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for the administration of the Elections Act.


This position is accountable to the House of Assembly.


Primary Accountabilities


The Chief Electoral Officer provides independent, non-partisan, strategic direction and policies on election-related matters and best practices to electoral event stakeholders including the general public in accordance with the terms of the Elections Act, and relevant laws.


The Chief Electoral Officer supervises the conduct of elections and provides leadership on other Elections Nova Scotia programs, services, operations and infrastructure.


The Chief Electoral Officer administers provincial general elections and by-elections and keeps voters and candidates aware of their rights and responsibilities. It is the Chief Electoral Officer’s responsibility to ensure that election officers act with fairness and impartiality, and in compliance with election laws (Elections Act, and House of Assembly Act).


The Chief Electoral Officer regularly seeks the advice of the members of the Election Commission before delivering annual reports and also reports on the conduct of each election for the people of Nova Scotia through the members of the Legislative Assembly.  Such reports often include recommendations for legislative change to improve and/or modernize accessibility to the polls and the administration behind the delivery of each election.


The CEO holds specific powers during a provincial general or by-election.


Qualifications and Experience


As the Chief Electoral Officer, you will have an undergraduate or graduate degree with extensive, progressively more responsible experience over several years working as a senior leader.


In addition:


  • You are a strategic thinker and a key contributor at the leadership table with strong skills as a leader of leaders, relationship builder, and coach, who inspires a culture of innovation and accountability.
  • You have a proven track record of success working with senior leaders, communicating clear expectations, providing inspirational leadership, and driving cultural change and transformation.
  • You are committed to change management with a strong bias for open communication and collaboration with teams, partners, and stakeholders.
  • You will leverage your strong collaboration skills and political acuity to work effectively with senior officials, the Election Commission members, and the executives of the registered parties to build and cultivate innovative partnerships external to government and, when appropriate, within government and with the members of the Legislative Assembly.
  • You are skilled in investigating complaints and devising an outcome regarding the findings.
  • You will leverage your analytical thinking to ensure compliance of all stakeholders through regulation, investigation of breaches and administration of penalties.
  • You demonstrate comfort with ambiguity and a personal style of excellence that inspires others.
  • You have successfully championed an organizational culture that values fairness, inclusivity, diversity and safety. You have demonstrated experience in developing leaders to cultivate personal and organizational growth.


Leadership competencies required at this level of work are: courageous decisiveness, horizontal thinking & action, change leadership, inspirational leadership, outcome focus, self-awareness & personal impact, effective interactive communication, political acuity, partnering & relationship building and intercultural & diversity proficiency.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.




The Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offerings and eligibility criteria.


Working Conditions


The majority of the time is spent in an office environment. However, visits to external locations such as regular field visits with returning officers and their core staff throughout the province, polling stations and returning offices during elections will be conducted as needed.


Travel throughout the province and from time to time out of province, as required, sometimes on short notice. Day/night travel, sometimes with overnight stays.


Additional Information


This is an Order in Council appointment under the Elections Act for a period of ten years. This appointment is to be paid as per Section 8 (1) of The Elections Act.


What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Agency Specific Flexible working schedules.




Pay Grade:  SO2 

Salary Range:  $6,357.75 - $8,741.90 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to