July Employer Spotlight
The Youth Employment Centre (YEC) asked Elections Calgary to answer a few questions about their company.
How long have you been in business?
Elections Calgary has been holding municipal elections since the 1800’s, when Calgary became a City.
How many locations do you have in Calgary and nationally/internationally? What locations are hiring locally in Calgary and area?
Elections Calgary is located only in Calgary. On Election Day, there will be approx. 185 voting stations throughout the City of Calgary where election workers can work.
How many people does your organization employ? How many locally?
In the office, during an election year, Elections Calgary employs 50 staff in the office. For election day, we employ 3,500 people to work in voting stations across the city.
What type of positions do you offer? (ex. Full time, part time, seasonal, contract etc.)
Contract work from Oct 4 -18, 2021. The positions for the election are:
16 -18 year old:
Information Officer (IO) - 1hr + online 2hrs in-person training
- The IO is responsible for greeting voters, notifying the PDRO/APDRO if a voter requires assistance, managing lines and answering questions
18+ year old:
Ballot Clerk (BC) - 1hr online + 2hrs in-person training
- The Ballot Clerk is responsible for the account and distribution of the ballots at a voting station.
Tabulator Clerk (TC) - 1hr online + 2hrs in-person training
- The Tabulator Clerk is responsible for the operation of the tabulator at the voting station.
Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) - 1hr online + 2hrs in-person training
- The DRO is responsible for helping the voters complete their voter statement, checking ID and issuing ballots.
What are the benefits of working for your company? Staff discounts, incentive programs, scholarships etc.
This is an opportunity to be a part of unique event that the City must run every four years. In addition, you have the chance to show your civic pride; support Elections Calgary in hosting a successful election; collaborate and team build with others in your community; and become involved in one of The City’s largest community and civic engagement events.
Describe opportunities for advancement.
This is a great City event to be a part of and gain skills to put on your resume, such as: working with a team, taking direction well, attention to detail, customer service, involved in formal training online and in-person.
Many people who work the Calgary (municipal) election, have worked each election every four years and now work with Elections Alberta and Elections Canada.
How would someone find out about opportunities at your company? How can a candidate apply?
All candidates can apply through our ElectionsCalgary.ca website. The application is located on the worker tab here.
Application will be live Aug 3, 2021.
Describe your hiring and interview process?
The process for hiring over 3000 workers is simple for the applicant. Simply apply through the application, and if you meet the hiring criteria, you will be contacted for a position.
What do you look for in an employee?
Election workers must be non-partisan. Election workers are an extension of the City of Calgary, and upholding that reputation is important, for example, treating the public and colleagues with respect.
A number of elections workers are required for the advance voting October 4-10, to work in a limited number of polling stations throughout the city. The bulk of workers are needed October 18, the actual election day. Below is a chart outlining the positions and hours.
What type of education/training/equipment do you require?
Previous election experience is an asset, previous customer service, attention to detail.
What is the minimum age required to work for your company? Are there different age requirements for different positions?
- 16 -18 years old for the Information Officer position
- 18+ for all other positions
Provide a wage range for entry level positions.
The wage is based on the role, how many hours worked, which size voting station, etc. which is not set yet.
What are the hours of the business and general shift times? Are there a minimum number of hours someone needs to work per week? Is there flexibility regarding school schedules?
Is a uniform provided or do employees have to pay for it?
No uniform is needed.
For more information about Elections Calgary please visit their website here.