Senior Specialist, Housing Research

Job Requisition ID: 10052  

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 

Position Type: Hybrid  

Office Location: Montreal (QC); Calgary (AB); Halifax (NS); Ottawa (ON); Toronto (ON); Vancouver (BC)

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 99646.37 to $ 124557.97 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


About CMHC

At CMHC, the work you do and the work we do together matters. We come to work every day with a common purpose: to realize a future where everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and meets their needs.


Our people are second to none. We lean in with courage, band together as a community and try new things to make a lasting impact on housing from coast to coast to coast.


Join us and be part of a team that's committed to making a real difference and be part of something meaningful.


What’s in it for you


We’ve got the purpose, the people and the perks you need for a fulfilling career. Here’s what you get when you’re a contract employee:

  • 3 weeks of accrued vacation.
  • Annual individual performance bonus.
  • Support in your personal and professional growth with training, mentorship and more – because when you thrive, we thrive.
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with Employee Resource Groups and more.
  • A hybrid work model that lets you balance working from home and nurturing in-person connections by coming into your region’s office at a minimum of 4 times a month.


About the role 


Join the Housing Economics and Insights team, where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based research. In this role, you will work collaboratively with a dynamic team focused on answering critical housing questions and providing value-added insights. 


Please note this is a temporary position of 12 months. 


What you’ll do: 


  • Help to ensure that planning and prioritization of research and analysis across the division is focused on finding practical results on relevant housing issues and challenges, as well as finding solutions that will help to achieve corporate objectives and support evidence-based decisions. 
  • Lead the ideation exercise to transform key research questions into detailed project plans designed to obtain practical and actionable insights on various housing questions, leveraging research findings to influence decision making and direction setting amongst internal and external stakeholders, with a particular focus on building science and climate change. 
  • Plan, manage, contribute to, complete, and communicate rigorous research to address business needs including tracking progress against project milestones and budgeted expenditures and providing quality assurance. 
  • Collaborate on and contribute to housing research consortia to leverage corporate research funding in priority areas and to contribute to the development of timely and relevant building science data and information by internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Monitor trends and issues in housing research, academic and building science research literature, intelligence gathering, environmental scans, professional relationships, and participation in external workshops and events.  
  • Manage and guide the work of external research consultants to ensure compliance with contracted deliverables and schedules and oversee/review the quality of information and analysis contained. 
  • Provide expert advice and recommendations into development and enhancement of housing analyses, data, policies, programs, and services. 


What you should have: 


  • An undergraduate degree Engineering or Building Science. A background in Architecture, Environmental Science, Planning, or related discipline may be considered. A postgraduate degree is a strong asset. 
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant work experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience developing research projects in terms of scope, objectives, methodologies, and management. 
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience with research and analysis of primary and secondary data using appropriate methodologies, qualitative and/or quantitative and statistical analysis and providing facts, evidence, and conclusions to support internal and external decision making. 
  • Demonstrated ability to capture and synthesize information to develop relevant, value-added recommendations and provide advice. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including presentation, negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate messages that have the desired effect. 


Posting closing date:  Note, the competition will remain active until filled.


Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

We’re committed to employment equity and encourage women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions to apply. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our mission.


Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion 


What happens after you apply 

We know that applying for a new job can be both exciting and daunting, and we appreciate your effort. Learn more about our hiring process.  If you are selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.


If you applied before and you were not successful don’t worry – we're always posting new positions, so don’t hesitate to give it another shot. We’re excited to see what you bring to the table this time around!