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Senior Counsel (Real Estate Financing) (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

Sector: Finance 

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Salary Range: $111373.92 to $139217.40

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

We’re not your typical government agency
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. At CMHC, we believe that everyone in Canada should have a place to call home.
Experience a Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)
At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and 100% accountable. You can choose where you need to be and when you need to be there to meet your objectives. You’re in control of your time and are trusted to make the right decisions.

This position reports to the Legal Services team in our Office of the Chief Financial Officer. This sector uses financial foresight and legal insight to improve housing affordability.


About the role
We’re constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation and partnerships. As a member of the Legal Services team, reporting to a Director (Legal Services), you will provide comprehensive and expert-level legal services, at a senior level, to internal business and support groups in order to contribute to the overall objectives and mission of CMHC.  You will establish, maintain and lead positive on-going relationships with internal groups through the provision of efficient and result-oriented legal services relating to their activities to help us make housing affordable for everyone in Canada.
What you will need
• A commitment to demonstrating CMHC values.
• Membership in good standing in a common law and/or civil law Bar or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
• A minimum of 10 years’ relevant legal experience (as described below) or equivalent, in private or public sector firms or organizations. 
• Demonstrated expertise and experience providing legal advice in the areas of real estate financing, project financing and construction financing.  Experience in general financing, mergers-and-acquisitions, transactional and corporate/commercial work will also be considered.
• Demonstrated experience managing multiple files under very tight deadlines.
• Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining a professional relationship with internal and external stakeholders at the senior level.
• Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills (written and verbal).
• Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret, analyze and explain complex matters in simple terms.
• Strong problem solving skills and ability to be flexible, creative and innovative.
• Ability to balance the big picture with meeting the day-to-day needs of the organization.
• Demonstrated ability to work and lead in a team environment.
• Demonstrated ability to act as lead counsel for complex and major transactions, and to coordinate work with other legal team members.
• Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor other legal team members.
• Capacity to evolve in technological environments using IT-driven solutions.
• Knowledge of Crown corporations’ environment and the federal government machinery would be an asset.
What you will be doing
• Provide comprehensive transactional legal support for the financing of large-scale and complex construction and renovation housing projects.
• Identify legal, risk and strategic issues, and collaborate with internal stakeholders to manage these elements and achieve business objectives taking into account legal and business implications.
• Act as reference for, and transfer capacity to, team members and internal stakeholders in the areas of legal expertise.
• Provide advice on legal implications related to Board-level and operational policies and major programs.
• Collaborate on developing strategic and high profile submissions (federal Cabinet, Treasury Board, etc.) in support of CMHC’s activities and mandate.
• Support the legislative monitoring framework of federal, provincial and territorial legislation, and jurisprudential developments across multiple jurisdictions (i.e., common law, civil law, provincial, federal, territorial, and international contexts).
• Support the regulatory compliance activities and efforts of CMHC
• Assist in various other matters related to the overall delivery of the Legal Services Division support to CMHC, as may be assigned by the Directors (Legal Services) or the Vice President (Legal Services).
Does this sound like you?
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Posting closing date: Note, the competition may remain active until filled.


Job Requisition ID: 4235  

Primary Location: MontrealQuebec  

Other Location(s): Halifax, Québec, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary & Vancouver 

Security Requirement: Secret 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
CMHC is an employer that values diversity and encourages the learning and use of both Canada's official languages. CMHC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages application from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities
*If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

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