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Chief Returning Officer Required for 2020 General Election

The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) is currently accepting applications to fill the role of Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for our upcoming 2020 General Election.

The CRO, working with AUSU staff, is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the election process, including but not limited to:

  1. accepting nominations and verifying the eligibility of nominees;
  2. informing candidates of campaign policy;
  3. enforcing campaign policy;
  4. accepting votes;
  5. confirming voter eligibility;
  6. confirming ballot counts from electronic voting system;
  7. reporting election results to Council; and
  8. conducting any election appeals, unless the CRO is the subject of the appeal.

The CRO will be provided with instructions on duties and responsibilities, election forms, and all other materials needed for the job by January 17th, 2020, to be reviewed prior to January 24th, 2020. There will also be a half-hour orientation session scheduled within that timeframe. The official CRO duties begin on January 24th, 2020 corresponding with the beginning of the call for nominations for the election. The CRO position will continue until approximately March 12th, 2020, which is the end of the initial appeals period. In the event of an appeal, the position may extend 1-2 weeks longer to conduct the appeal.  The anticipated time commitment is approximately 35 – 50 hours within the 7 to 9-week period.

The CRO position can be performed from any location, but requires telephone, email, and internet capability. The CRO must be available to respond to inquiries within 1 business day (in some cases during the AUSU office hours of 8:30-4:30pm MST), and must be available on March 3rd, 2020 to submit the ballot count to AUSU following the close of the election at midnight MT on March 2nd, 2020.  Proficiency in Word and Excel is required.

The successful candidate will receive a $1500 honorarium on successful completion of the role.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume, a cover letter, and any questions to Previous experience is a definite asset, however not required.

For further information on this role and the AUSU Election process, please refer to our AUSU Election Conduct Policy 3.01 found online here.

For further information about the 2020 General Election timeline, visit the AUSU website here.

Mental Health Support

The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Whether you are juggling too much time or not enough time, or struggling with budgeting, anxiety or loneliness during the holiday season, AU’s Homewood Health Program is there for you.

For immediate support, 24/7, call Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142

You can also access a variety of web-based services and resources at

AUSU Bylaw Revisions – 1st Reading

AUSU council will be voting on revised bylaws during the January council meeting to make it more accessible for Athabasca University students to run in the AUSU election.

1st Reading of the Bylaws:

The first reading of the bylaw revisions is coming up on December 10, 2019 at 5:30pm MT. All members are welcome to attend by teleconference. The agenda and instructions for joining are posted online here.

Visit our website here for more information on the bylaw revisions and other member consultations.