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Senior Specialist Economic Research (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

Sector: Policy and Innovation 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Salary Range: $89823.44 to $112279.30

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.
Experience a Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)
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 Research team in our Office of the SVP, Policy and Innovation sector. This sector helps accelerate 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. Bring your analytical and communication skills to this research position to ensure that we provide the right information to our decision makers. As a member of the Policy and Innovation team, you will plan, lead, and conduct specific research, modelling, projection, and housing data and indicator development initiatives to achieve CMHC overall goals and 2030 aspiration. You will provide subject matter expertise to management and contribute to the development and deployment of national policies, strategies, programs, and standards designed to measure and improve housing and living conditions.


What you will need

• A Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines:  Finance, Economics, Mathematics, or Statistics. 
• A minimum of five (5) years of experience in conducting economic research, econometric studies, modelling, forecasting, developing indicators, or producing impact assessments.
• Working knowledge of social, economic and political trends, factors and issues that affect the work area, such as housing policies and issues and of the government policy development process.
• The ability to engage, influence, coach and mentor others to achieve higher performance and build greater capacity adding value at every step.
• A ‘’can do’’ mindset with the desire to work collaboratively to deliver results that have a positive impact on the team, business unit and corporation. Excellent organization and time management skills, enabling the balancing of workloads and the prioritization of requests to meet deadlines, with strong attention to detail.
• Bilingualism (English and French) is considered an asset.

What you will be doing

• Developing and leading detailed project objectives, scopes and deliverables; determining expertise and resources required to deliver the final products, as well as leading steering/advisory committees to guide and validate research efforts.
• Developing and recommending high impact research, modelling, projection, and housing data and indicator development projects, developing business cases, and identifying budget requirements and partnership opportunities.
• Conducting research and analysis of primary and secondary data, using appropriate methodologies, quantitative and statistical analysis, to assess and address complex issues and challenges; analyzing and forecasting trends, developing housing data and indicators, and providing facts, evidence, and conclusions to support internal and external decision-making.
• Providing substantive expert input to the review and development of housing policies, strategies, programs, regulations and standards.
• Scanning the environment, consulting with clients and stakeholders, participating in conferences, committees, and working groups to identify prospective research, modelling, projection, housing data, and indicator development projects and programs.
• Keeping up-to-date on housing research literature and publications to ensure that CMHC is well informed about current and emerging housing-related trends, issues, challenges and opportunities.


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


Job Requisition ID: 4491  

Primary Location: OttawaOntario  

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Secret 

Travel Requirement: Limited 


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
*If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

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