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Senior Specialist, IT Portfolio (Ottawa, Toronto or Montreal)

Job Requisition ID: 9147  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON); Montreal (QC); Toronto (ON)

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 97692.52 to $ 122115.65 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. 


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 IT Portfolio Management team in the role of Senior Specialist, IT Portfolio. You will be responsible for overseeing and leading IT project within your assigned portfolio.

  • Oversee the successful delivery of IT projects from initiation to closure, ensuring alignment with business objectives and project success metrics. 
  • Ensure risks and issues are identified and the appropriate mitigation strategies are implemented to resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Oversee the delivery of projects delivered by a third-party vendor including contract development, oversight of project execution, and adherence to contractual obligations.
  • Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders to ensure technical feasibility.
  • Build and maintain an effective working relationship with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Manage the project scope, project schedule, and project costs.
  • Manage internal projects that do not have a dedicated Project Manager, including schedule, resource allocation, adhering to project management progress, and deliverable acceptance/sign-off.
  • Coordinate day-to-day interactions and communications with project stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and coaching on Agile project management practices.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Management, Business Administration or another related field. 
  • Seven (7) years’ experience in a leadership role on projects, product, or portfolio management.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in partnership with third-party providers.
  • Advanced knowledge of Agile methodologies and software development life cycles (SDLC).
  • Advanced skills in refinement, story-splitting, estimation, velocity, retrospection, and other Scrum techniques. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing requirements.
  • Strong leadership skills and a history of leading through influence.
  • Ability to make informed decisions quickly and effectively, balancing the needs of the project, team members, and management. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to adjust communication to address/meet needs of targeted audience.
  • A commitment to ongoing learning and development, both personally and to uplift the team.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and a genuine interest in your team, ensuring that people come first over project goals.


Preferred Qualifications: 


  • Experience in the Scrum Master role for a cross-functional development team.
  • Agile Certification (Agile coach/Scrum Master), Project Management Professional (PMP), or other Project Management certification.
  • Experience working on Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CRM/ERP) systems.
  • Bilingualism (English and French).



Posting closing date: Note, the competition will 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.