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Senior Specialist, Policy Operations and Outreach (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 9087  

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

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

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. 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 up to 3 weeks of accrued vacation;
  • An annual individual performance bonus;
  • 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 Policy Operations and Outreach division in the Policy Sector in the role of Senior Specialist, Policy Operations and Outreach. You will be responsible for building and managing strong relationships with key partners and stakeholders that contribute to housing policy discussions. As a senior member of the Outreach team, you will lead and/or significantly contribute to the development and implementation of a stakeholder strategy for Policy and seek opportunities to engage relevant organizations and individuals on broad policy questions, including the voices of people with lived experience of housing need.  You will also develop and implement strategies to mobilize Policy knowledge and insight to influence internal Policy colleagues and external housing actors through innovative tactics. 
This is a temporary position of a duration of 18 months.




  • Explore new and maintain existing relationships with housing policy stakeholders, experts, academics and interest groups to identify issues of common interest and promote collaboration opportunities. 
  • Lead or support consultations with housing policy stakeholders, experts, academics and interest groups on broad policy questions and/or specific housing policy designs. 
  • Work closely with other Policy teams to meaningfully engage people with lived experience of housing need or homelessness and find ways to include their voices in policy development and design. 
  • Build internal knowledge and capacity within Policy to better understand and incorporate the needs of people with lived experience of housing need or homelessness. 
  • Lead or support the development of a knowledge mobilization strategy for Policy with the goal of influencing housing actors to drive housing affordability, create new housing supply and other priorities. 
  • Seek opportunities to connect policy teams with external stakeholders working on similar policy questions or issues and share relevant CMHC research, data, market insights and policy analysis with these groups. 
  • Organize and execute knowledge mobilization opportunities through conferences, webinars, and other events in close collaboration with other CMHC teams. 
  • Contribute to annual planning for the Policy Outreach team. 

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, journalism, public policy, or a related field in Arts or Social Science.   An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience in Strategic Policy, Stakeholder Relations, Intergovernmental Relations, or a similar role. 
  • Experience building and maintaining strategic relationships with multiple stakeholders.  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to adapt messages to different audiences. 
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically. 
  • Experience managing projects and leading multi-disciplinary project teams. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. 

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Good knowledge and understanding of the housing system as well as social, economic, political, demographic, legal and environmental factors and trends related to housing.
  • Knowledge of Client Relationship Management (CRM) system. 


Posting 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.