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Senior Specialist, IT Portfolio (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8911  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON); Calgary (AB); Charlottetown (PE); Edmonton (AB); Halifax (NS); Moncton (NB); Montreal (QC); Quebec (QC); Saskatoon (SK); St. John's (NL); Thunder Bay (ON); Toronto (ON); Vancouver (BC); Winnipeg (MB); Yellowknife (NT)

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 94388.91 to $ 117986.14 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


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.

We’re constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation and partnerships. In this exciting full-time permanent opportunity within the IT Portfolio Management team in the Corporate Services sector, you will be responsible for overseeing, coordinating and/or leading IT project commitments (scope, schedule, and budget) within your assigned client portfolio. Depending on the size/complexity of the projects, you will be the primary point of contact within IT for challenging, influencing and ensuring the planning and delivery of IT components are on time, on budget and to specifications. You will also be coordinating CMHC’s stakeholder input/participation as required to deliver IT activities and working with the business lines and our IT Partners to drive successful project outcomes while managing timely resolution and escalation of project issues and risks. The incumbent will help us make housing affordable for everyone in Canada.


  • Overseeing, challenging, and ensuring the delivery of projects managed by third-party vendors.
  • Ensuring adherence and delivery of projects in accordance with established processes/practices.
  • Coordinating delivery of CMHC business inputs and dependencies to deliver IT projects on time, on budget and to scope, including supporting project planning and business readiness activities, risk, and issues management.
  • Proposing, and supporting the implementation of processes and artifacts to carry out Portfolio Management responsibilities.
  • Tracking and monitoring project outcomes, coordinating project closure and post-project reviews for continuous improvement purposes.
  • Coordinating day-to-day interactions and communications with project stakeholders.
  • Consolidating and coordinating prioritization and execution IT changes within an assigned Application Portfolio with our Business and IT Partners for release planning purposes (i.e., identify logical grouping or bundling of changes into releases,
  • managing, internal projects that do not have a dedicated Project Manager, including tracking budget, schedule, resource allocation, progress, variances, and deliverable acceptance/sign-off.
  • Leveraging CMHC’s project management methodology and industry-leading practices to ensure that relevant knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques are applied to portfolio management and project delivery.
  • Providing guidance and coaching on standard project management practices.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • A commitment to demonstrating CMHC’s values.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business Administration, Commerce, or in a related field with a minimum of seven (7) years of increasing responsibilities and relevant work experience in IT project management. An equivalent combination of related education and work experience may be considered.
  • Proven project and/or portfolio management experience (i.e., scope, schedule, and budget).
  • Demonstrated work experience and skills in providing IT advice, recommendations, guidance, and services to influence the resolution of issues and potential workarounds to mitigate project risks and delays
  • demonstrated experience in creating presentations, reports, and briefings for Senior Management.
  • A trusted, results-oriented team player with proven analytical, problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to adjust communication to address/meet needs of targeted audience.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multitasking, deadline oriented, matrix-based team environment.
  • Ability to proactively collaborate across business and IT departments to achieve cross functional success.
  • Ability to balance the big picture with meeting the day-to-day needs of the organization.
  • Persistent, determined, and resilient, with a strong focus on outcomes and a customer service orientation.
  • Professional designation in Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with IT third party providers.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Scrum Master Certification, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (or above) or other relevant licence, designation, or certificate.


Positing 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.