Job Profile

Reporting directly to the City Clerk, the successful incumbent will provide leadership in the preparation, coordination and management of all related activities for the 2022 Municipal Election including: participation in the election services vendor review process; developing policies and procedures to govern the election process; voters’ list management; organizing materials and equipment necessary to conduct the election; recruitment and training of elections officials; and overseeing communications with candidates and electors.

This is a contract position for a period of up to two (2) years.


  • Demonstrated professional experience in conducting municipal elections, preferably in Ontario;
  • Highly developed analytical and project-planning skills, with a proven track record for long-term visioning and big picture thinking;
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact, along with excellent public relations, customer service and communication skills;
  • Ability to perform successfully under pressure while managing competing prioritizes in a fast-paced and high-pressured environment within time constraints;
  • High degree of attention to detail, project management, decisiveness and problem-solving skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of professionalism, transparency, sound judgement, diplomacy and confidentiality;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as work within a team environment;
  • Proficient within Microsoft Applications (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel);
  • Thorough knowledge of the Municipal Elections Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and Education Act;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations;
  • Valid Class G driver’s license with an abstract acceptable to City guidelines for required travel to election service locations;
  • Minimum of five (5) to six (6) years of related experience in a municipal management or supervisory capacity;
  • Post-secondary Degree or Diploma in Business Administration, Public Administration or Political Science. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Additional Details

  • The successful candidate will have the option to work remotely throughout the beginning stages of the election planning process. However, there may be times where on-site work is required, specifically during the election year, and as determined by the City Clerk.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.
  • The compensation for this position will be based on the experience of the successful candidate.

Candidates are invited to submit a resume in confidence to indicating “2021-04 – Elections Manager” by February 4, 2021.

The health, safety and well-being of City of Sarnia employees is paramount, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional measures have been implemented throughout the corporation to protect our employees and ensure their continued health and safety.

The City of Sarnia is an inclusive and equitable Corporation that encourages applications from qualified individuals of all genders, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons. Appropriate accommodations will be provided upon request throughout the hiring process as required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Information received relating to accommodation and diversity will be addressed confidentially.

Personal information is being collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act and will be used for employment assessment purposes only.