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Bilingual Senior Specialist, Policy Analysis (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8740  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Starting Base Salary: 94388.91 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

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


At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We empower our employees to be fully autonomous and accountable in achieving their results. Employees focus on how they achieve results rather than when and where they choose to work.


Here are some of the reasons why we were chosen as one of Canada's top employers:

  • Enjoy 5 weeks of vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • Defined benefit pension plan;
  • Comprehensive group insurance to support your well-being from day one;
  • Access to a catalogue of courses for individual learning;
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with multiple Employee Resource Groups and much more!


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.
Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eradicate racism and advance equity within CMHC and the housing system.

Join the Policy Development Team within the Policy Sector at CMHC where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy advice. In the role of Senior Specialist, Social Policy, you will provide strategic and expert advice to address social policy matters and support the application of human rights principles in the housing context. You will articulate policy positions and recommendations, provide subject matter expertise, work closely with multidisciplinary professionals from across the organization, develop substantive briefing and communications material, and mentor other team members.



  • Providing subject matter expertise and authoritative tactical advice, guidance and support on housing issues through a social policy lens.
  • Preparing briefing materials, communications products, reports and policy proposals for internal clients, external stakeholders, CMHC’s senior management and the Minister.
  • Leading, guiding and performing research and policy analysis to identify opportunities for program and policy improvement through a social policy lens and advancing the development of plans and strategies that align with priorities. 
  • Leading analysis of policies, programs and positions of key stakeholders and other orders of government to inform and guide CMHC’s strategic approach to social policy issues. 
  • Establishing, maintaining and leveraging relationships with CMHC sectors, federal departments, other orders of government, advocates and people with lived experience and other stakeholders to gather intelligence, augment the capacity to innovate and influence policy decisions, and to identify issues of common interest and opportunities for collaboration. 
  • Leading or supporting senior-level interdepartmental and/or intergovernmental committees, working groups and forums to build relationships and promote horizontal collaboration across CMHC, federal departments and other orders of government and ensure that interlinkages are adequately considered. 
  • Acting as a subject matter expert and guiding, mentoring and providing strategic advice to colleagues and business lines across the organization.
  • Leading or contributing to the development of corporate strategies, policies, work plans and risk management for the Policy Sector.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Undergraduate degree in public administration, political science, economics, other social sciences or related fields.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience using research and analytical techniques to provide advice and recommendations to senior government officials and ministers, including identification of key considerations, risks and mitigation strategies.
  • Understanding of the government environment, workings of policy/government processes, and understanding of complex housing policy issues and/or related social policy issues.
  • Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative analytical skills to develop policy options and assess expected outcomes. 
  • Demonstrated analytical, creative and conceptual skills to effectively contribute to business objectives and strategic direction.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate and defend messages and positions.
  • Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience leading initiatives.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree would be an asset.  
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of human rights would be an asset.


Posting closing date: Note, the compeititon 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.