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At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. Since January 2019, we’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and 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.

Director, Indigenous and Northern Housing Policy (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

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 and Innovation Team under Patricia Roset-Zuppa, where we accelerate housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation.


Role Purpose

By joining the Policy team, the incumbent will provide effective leadership on Indigenous and Northern housing policy, while coaching and mentoring a large team of professionals. The role provides strategic direction and advice in the development and co-development of housing solutions for and by First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Northern communities. The incumbent also leads teams that are accountable for analyzing a range of housing policy areas, utilizing insights and data, and developing policy advice, working with Indigenous and Northern partners and federal departments.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Leads teams in identifying policy themes required to develop analysis and evidence in support of policy recommendations and corporate strategy. Collaborates with other areas within CMHC, including Indigenous Relations, Research and Client Solutions. 
  • Provides advice to senior management, federal departments and the Minister on policy matters related to Indigenous and Northern housing and interrelated policy areas, government priorities and obligations to Indigenous peoples. 
  • Identifies, develops and manages key relationships to support policy development, working with Indigenous governments and communities, federal departments, central agencies (Privy Council Office, Department of Finance, Treasury Board Secretariat), industry associations and other stakeholders.
  • Guides the development and implementation of engagements and consultations on federal housing strategies and programs, including co-development with Indigenous communities to advance reconciliation.
  • Effectively briefs senior management and Minister on complex and sensitive matters, represents CMHC on committees and working groups, and guides teams in developing comprehensive and clear policy documents.
  • Ensures that policy and program proposals are grounded in data and evidence and are considered with an equity and inclusiveness lens, and informed by people with lived experience.
  • Leads their teams in continuously reassessing deliverables, timelines and resources required to complete projects within scope, while providing the highest quality policy advice to address housing needs and propose solutions.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Minimum of 13 years experience in policy with at least 7 - 10 years in a leadership role directly managing a team (Housing Policy would be considered an asset).
  • Undergraduate degree in related field such as public administration, political science, economics, other social sciences or finance.
  • Solid leadership skills and ability to build and lead a team with senior managers and analysts, and to create an organizational climate that is engaging and enabling while delivering in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of government environment, workings of central agencies and policy/government processes, and understanding of complex housing or related policy issues in an Indigenous or Northern context.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners, and demonstrated experience working with Indigenous and/or Northern governments and communities. 
  • Advanced Bilingual (French and English) oral and written communication skills, including ability to clearly communicate technical or complex information to a non-technical audience, and interact with senior management, federal departments and orders of government, Ministers, and Indigenous governments and communities. 
  • Strong political and cultural awareness and sensitivity. 



Posting closing date: June 16, 2022 @ 11:59 pm EST.


Members of the following employment equity deserving groups will be prioritized for this job: Indigenous Peoples.      





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.


Job Requisition ID: 7858  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Minimum Base Salary: 148670.65 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

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

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