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Bilingual Senior Manager for Council

Sector: Policy and Innovation 

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Salary Range: $111373.92 to $139217.40

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

We’re not your typical government agency
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. At CMHC, we believe that everyone in Canada should have a place to call home.
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At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and 100% 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.

This position reports to the Policy and Innovation team in our Office of the SVP, Policy and Innovation sector. This sector accelerates housing affordability through evidence-based policy, research and disruptive innovation.

About the role

We’re constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation and partnerships. This full-time permanent position is an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a new team mandated with providing administrative support to the National Housing Council, helping to break down barriers to housing in Canada.


The National Housing Council is a key component of the National Housing Strategy Act. The Council will have up to 15 members who will provide advice to the designated Minister, including on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy, with the aim of improving housing outcomes for all Canadians. The Council will help promote participation and inclusion in the development of housing policy in Canada and support the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing, as recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Members of the Council will be representative of Canada’s diversity, and selected for their expertise and leadership in their respective fields.


As the Senior Manager, you will apply a broad range of policy research and analytical skills to support the National Housing Council as they address systemic housing issues and work with National Housing Council review panels to hold public hearings on specific matters within the jurisdiction of Parliament. Your challenge will be to contribute to the Council’s work, by coaching and mentoring a support team that provides strategic policy information, analysis, and advice to assist the Council in conducting their work and in making recommendations to the designated minister.


What you will need
• Undergraduate degree in public administration, law or a related field. An advanced degree in a field related to the position is considered an asset.
• Minimum five years of management experience with the ability to engage, influence, coach and mentor others to achieve higher performance and build greater capacity adding value at every step, particularly in an ever-changing environment.
• Demonstrated knowledge of social, economic and political trends, factors and issues that affect the work area, including housing policies and issues, as well as proven expertise in the government policy development process.
• Significant experience developing and building partnerships inside and outside of the organization to inform the work of the Council  and fulfill the Council’s legislated mandate. A ‘’can do’’ mindset with the desire to work collaboratively to deliver results that have a positive impact on the team, Council, and the Government of Canada.
• Experience with organizational governance, including processes and procedures related to effective decision-making.
• Excellent organization and time management skills, enabling balanced workloads and the prioritization of requests to meet deadlines, with strong attention to detail.
• Strong planning and project management skills, as well as well-developed quantitative/qualitative analysis skills and research skills.
• Highly effective oral and written communication skills, as well as the ability to tailor messaging as appropriate for a variety of audiences.
• Strong business acumen, political sensitivity and understanding of stakeholder expectations.


What you will be doing
• On the direction of the National Housing Council, manages and leads the development of reports and recommended options for government actions and investments to address complex housing challenges, with the goal of furthering the government’s housing policy and the National Housing Strategy.
• Organizes National Housing Council consultations with internal and external partners, including public hearings with affected communities and people with lived experience of housing need or homelessness, in order to develop evidence-based recommendations to present to the Minister..
• Uses research and analytical techniques to assist the National Housing Council in providing advice and recommendations to the designated ministers on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy.
• Establishes and builds relationships with diverse stakeholders, central agencies and other government departments to seek their expertise and support to advance horizontal and/or sensitive policy files and to ensure that interlinkages to housing are adequately considered in the recommendations developed by the Council.
• Leads a team in facilitating the logistical aspects of the Council, including the coordination of meetings and events, meeting documentation and resources, travel, procurement, compensation, and related activities.
• Oversees the implementation and execution of best practices related to effective and efficient decision-making, including agenda setting, minute taking, developing records of decision, and developing and following up on items for action.
• Prepares and coordinates the release of Council advice and recommendations related to new or modified housing policies or requirements, including review panel reports.


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Posting closing date: April 28, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EST (Note, the competition may remain active until filled).


Job Requisition ID: 4577  

Primary Location: OttawaOntario  

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Secret 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
CMHC is an employer that values diversity and encourages the learning and use of both Canada's official languages. CMHC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages application from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities
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