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Bilingual Advisor, Equity (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8328  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Starting Base Salary: 117034.75 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Frequent 

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


Help make a difference for Canadians. CMHC’s aspiration is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. All of our programs and activities support this singular goal.

Join the Equity Division (Strategy Sector),  where we work to improve equitable housing outcomes through evidence-based policy, research and innovation. Our Equity Division works to ensure an equity lens is applied to our 2030 Aspiration and our policies, programs and practices.. You will join the team to help develop an overarching framework to unify and amplify our equity activities, to foster a housing ecosystem in Canada, which is equitable, fair and inclusive. You will work with CMHC teams as well as equity-driven community organizations and individuals to advance our work. Your work will focus on systems thinking to bring meaningful impact for those living in Canada in marginalized or vulnerable situations.   
Reporting to the Vice-President, Equity, the Advisor will focus on playing a key leadership role in the Equity efforts of CMHC, which has a goal of embedding equity in all that the company does. The Advisor acts as the senior-level resource within the Equity Division, with a broad mandate to lead equity-related work as well as corporate governance matters (e.g. briefings, decks, business cases). 



  • Focus on the delivery of program benefits by collaborating with key stakeholders and engaging with internal and external impacted parties to understand challenges and develop practicable solutions to housing inequities. 
  • Advance foundational work to build a common base of understanding across and outside of the company to highlight equity principles, and the interconnection of anti-racism and intersectionality as underpinning any successful equity efforts.  
  • Understand/coordinate the horizontal view across the company and within the four streams of work (Data, People, Policy, Programs and Practices and Community Engagement and Partnerships), as well as vertical view into each stream of work.  
  • Provide expertise and education with the key internal and external impacted parties to create alignment while challenging the status quo and enabling others to expand their thinking and to apply an equity lens to the way they operate.  
  • Identify accelerators and barriers in our programs and play a role in managing conflicts and help prioritize competing priorities.  
  • Working closely with the VP, Equity to assess the program risks against our risk appetite framework, prepare risk mitigation strategies and corresponding action plans. You will also evaluate the effectiveness and impact against our program benefits and help advance equity measures.  
  • Work closely with Change Management and Communications to shepherd an integrated change management and communications plans across the company as well as interdependent programs in CMHC’s equity ecosystem (e.g. Indigenous Reconciliation, People & Culture (HR)/Diversity & Inclusion, GBA+ , Climate Change) • Provide input into preparation of progress reports, briefing materials and deliver presentations to key groups. 
  • Build and maintain internal and external partnerships for the purpose of advancing housing equity.  

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Sociology, Business Organizational Behavior, Education, Instructional Design, or any other related quantitative, policy, or behavioral field.  
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience, with a strong focus on project leadership, building and leading engagement initiatives, as well as building and monitoring success measurements (KPIs, NPS).  
  • Proven experience working in a senior advisor capacity, with tactical skills related to corporate matters (e.g. briefings, decks, business cases).
  • Proven experience leading complex projects with demonstrated decision-making skills, strong organizational, time management and project management skills.  
  • A good understanding of public and private sector best practices with respect to equity (data, policy development etc.).
  • Advanced critical thinking skills and system thinking (identifying and analyzing trends, patterns or connections between issues).  
  • Advanced leadership, coaching and relationship building skills and the ability to carry everyone along without bias. 
  • Demonstrating abilities to manage conflict and effectively deal with emotionally charged situations. 
  • Being open to travel.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including influencing, negotiation and presentation skills. (Both in English and French) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge and connection to current academic and practitioner networks in Canada around equity, in particular in relation to housing.  
  • A proven track record of advancing equity, intersectionality, and anti-racism with a good understanding of leading diversity & inclusion practices.  
  • An understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and racial contexts of equity/systemically-marginalized communities through a combination of lived experience and professional experience. 



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



On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  


As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.


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


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


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.