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Bilingual Senior Manager, Technical Research - Housing Performance/Building Science (Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 7911  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Starting Base Salary: 117034.75 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

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 Policy and Innovation Team where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation.




  • Collaborates with Research Management Team as well as other sectors within CMHC in the development of CMHC's multi-year research plan aligned with overall corporate and Government of Canada directions. Oversees environmental scanning, gap analysis and formal consultations to inform this process. 
  • Oversees the execution of CMHC's research plan by ensuring effective research methodologies, establishing and monitoring the progress of approved research projects against milestones and budgeted expenditures and taking proactive steps to ensure group, division and sector and corporate objectives are met.
  • Provides input and guidance to senior management and the Minister on a wide range of technical issues (building science, energy efficiency, indoor environment, resiliency and durability, climate change. etc.) based on timely, relevant, authoritative and evidence-based research outputs and expert knowledge.
  • Ensures research results are communicated to internal and external audiences in a timely manner through a variety of media and channels.
  • Develops and manages effective channels and partnerships with other federal departments, provincial territorial and municipal governments, industry stakeholders and sector associations and academia to advance CMHC’s policy and research agenda.
  • Manages a team of researchers including developing annual individual and team performance objectives, performance management and taking responsibility for employee engagement and enabling a culture of learning and accountability.


Minimum Qualifications: 


  • Postgraduate degree in a related field such as planning, architecture, engineering, building science or environmental science or bachelor’s degree with seven (7) or more years of practical experience in the aforementioned fields.
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience with demonstrated effective people management skills and competencies.
  • Knowledge of and experience with research and analysis of primary and secondary data using appropriate methodologies, quantitative and statistical analysis and providing facts, evidence and conclusions to support internal and external decision-making.
  • In-depth knowledge of design, construction, operation, maintenance, repairs and renewal of low and high-rise housing, understanding of key technical issues facing housing including durability, climate change resiliency, affordability, and the performance of housing, understanding of Canada’s housing system, key stakeholders, regulatory environment and innovation trends. 
  • Ability to function effectively in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Bilingual in both official languages (French and English).



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.