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IT Security Architect (Based 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 CFO and Corporate Services, where our partners view CMHC as the catalyst for solving housing affordability challenges. 


Bring your security architecture expertise to this role.


We are currently looking to fill a permanent full-time opening within Information Technology (IT).  As the Architect specializing in Security, you will be responsible for the creation, maintenance and management of CMHC’s security architecture models and their components. You will be responsible for the development, evolution, documentation and publication of the security-related elements of CMHC’s Solution, Cloud and Enterprise Architecture (EA). You will provide expert technical advice to IT staff and IT stakeholders on the evolving state of the CMHC’s security architecture needs, and for the provision of related architectural frameworks, standards, policies, plans and models. Also, you will collaborate with the security, risk and data/information management units/divisions to ensure that CMHC’s overall enterprise architecture and IT initiatives are in alignment with business strategy, objectives and priorities. 




•    Developing models and documentation of architecture while influencing the strategic positioning of IT within CMHC.
•    Ensuring that proposed system implementations are aligned with CMHC’s business, applications, data, technology and security architectures and are realistic and architecturally sound. 
•    Providing insight, guidance and decisions to third party vendors, external firms and CMHC business lines (directors) on making decisions with regards to the technical direction of CMHC (including how to proceed with the EA Target State architecture).
•    Analyzing project plans, requests for proposals (RFPs), business demands and other technology decisions.
•    Ensuring that all major systems architecture deliverables are consistent with the target business, applications, data, technology and security architectures, as well as with architecture principles, standards, methodologies and adopted best practices.
•    Tracking the company application portfolio and assisting project teams to shape architectures consistent with platforms, roadmaps and standards for architect and design.
•    Resolving technical issues, providing technical support and quality control throughout all stages of systems architecture projects.
•    Communicating with appropriate party of implications of architectural decisions, issues and plans.
•    Leading the architectural review board in ensuring enterprise architecture principles are adhered to, understood and monitored. 


Minimum Qualifications:


•    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems or a related field.
•    Minimum of seven (7) years of increasing responsibilities and relevant work experience/expertise in IT Architecture and/or IT Security. An equivalent combination of related education and work experience may be considered.
•    Demonstrated experience producing and editing high quality technical documentation in the form of diagrams and documents for a variety of audiences (technical and non-technical).
•    Demonstrated experience designing a security architecture to provide a secure operating environment.
•    Demonstrated experience and skills in working with various computer applications and software (e.g., MSOffice, Visio, MS Project as well as software and tools related to one of EA domain(s) of expertise.).
•    Comprehensive knowledge and skills of IT security (including application, network, infrastructure) or of another related domain of Enterprise Architecture combined with a demonstrated foundation of IT Security knowledge and a willingness to further develop expertise in IT Security.
•    Advanced comprehension of enterprise architecture, as well as a detailed understanding of security architecture.
•    Ability to analyze and decide on solutions for enterprise-level software and infrastructure that fit into an overall architecture.
•    Strong organizational skills, including an ability to manage several ongoing and competing tasks and/or projects.
•    Ability to build and manage effective working relationships with peers, and internal and external stakeholders.
•    Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills with the ability to convey complex technical information or project status to senior management, business units, colleagues or IT vendors.
•    Ability to work in a high stress environment in which priorities or technologies are changing rapidly. 


Preferred Qualifications: 


•    Post graduate degree in the fields noted above.
•    Professional designations or certificates related to domains of Enterprise Architecture (Business, Data, Applications, Technology) as well as security (For example, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
•    Demonstrated experience in leading and/or overseeing large scale IT programs and/or projects.
•    Bilingualism (English and French). 

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





CMHC has implemented vaccination requirements to align with Government of Canada mandatory vaccination measures for the federal public service.


Vaccination against COVID-19 is mandatory for all CMHC employees, regardless of place of work (teleworking, working remotely or working on-site). CMHC’s vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, are a term and condition of employment.


CMHC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. If you are the selected candidate, your vaccination status will be verified by an authorized CMHC third party as part of the offer process. If you wish to request an exemption from CMHC’s vaccination requirements on valid human rights-based grounds, you must do so at the offer stage as part of the recruitment process and be approved for an exemption before any offer of employment can be issued.


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: 7568  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Minimum Base Salary: 94388.91 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

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

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