Job Opportunity: District Electoral Officers and Deputy District Electoral Officers

Put your leadership and management skills to work serving democracy in British Columbia
Join an innovative and recognized leader in electoral administration 

District Electoral Officers and Deputy District Electoral Officers
A management-level, term-specific appointment under the Election Act
January 2023 to April 2025
DEO: $45.00 per hour
DDEO: $40.00 per hour

Closing date: February 4, 2023

Elections BC is looking for local leaders to serve as District Electoral Officers (DEOs) and Deputy District Electoral Officers (DDEOs) throughout the province.

DEOs and DDEOs plan for, manage, and administer provincial general elections, by-elections and other events. As local representatives of the Chief Electoral Officer in their assigned electoral district, DEOs and DDEOs play a critical role in ensuring voters and stakeholders experience an impartial, fair, accessible, and inclusive electoral process. In delivering EBC’s mandate, they are role models of EBC’s values, ethics, and behaviours, and must always act respectfully and represent EBC positively. They must establish and maintain decorum and a positive, responsive, transparent and accountable culture.

The next provincial general election in B.C. is scheduled for October 2024. While general elections are scheduled to take place every four years, they can occur before a scheduled date. By-elections and other on-demand electoral events may also be held at any time. DEOs and DDEOs ensure that Elections BC is continually ready to deliver any electoral event in their electoral district when required.

Following changes to the Election Act in 2019 and the 2020 Provincial General Election, Elections BC has modernized the voting process. The changes include using electronic tabulators to count paper ballots and laptops to look up voters and cross them off the voters list. The changes make voting faster and easier. Be part of the most significant update to B.C.’s electoral legislation in over 25 years!

The work of a DEO or DDEO calls for broad management experience; strong planning and organizing skills; comfort with computer technology and office automation; expertise in material, human and financial resources management; and leadership of a diverse workforce. DEOs and DDEOs must have project management skills, excellent judgment and stamina to complete all the tasks of an election within a very short and specific time period. In return, the work is varied, challenging and rewarding.

DEO and DDEO opportunities appeal to applicants who can commit part-time hours towards event readiness, have the energy and flexibility to work more than full-time during an election period, and want to contribute to democracy by leading a diverse team towards a shared goal.

Elections BC is an independent, non-partisan Office of the Legislature responsible for administering electoral processes in British Columbia in accordance with the Election Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, Recall and Initiative Act, and Referendum Act.

To apply for these opportunities:

  • Review the job description for a full description of job duties and qualifications.
  • Prepare your resume detailing your relevant work experience and qualifications.
  • Review the electoral district maps to determine which electoral district(s) you wish to work in.

    Note:
    You may apply for one or more electoral district. DEOs and DDEOs do not have to live within the electoral district, but they must live within reasonable commuting distance.
  • Review the table of regions to determine which region your electoral district is in. Once you select “Apply Now”, you will be redirected to the application system where you will create an account, submit your resume, and complete a questionnaire. This is where you will select which electoral districts you wish to work in, so please ensure you choose the correct region.

Metro Vancouver

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Kamloops and Northern B.C.

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Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

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East and Central B.C.

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If you have questions, please contact DEOjobs@elections.bc.ca. Do not submit your application to this e-mail. Your must submit your application by clicking the “Apply Now” links above to be considered.