Specialist, Assisted Housing

Job Requisition ID: 9731  

Position Status: Temporary Full Time 

Position Type: Hybrid  

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

Travel Requirement: Travel not required 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 81410.14 to $ 101762.68 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


About CMHC

At CMHC, the work you do and the work we do together matters. We come to work every day with a common purpose: to realize a future where everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and meets their needs.


Our people are second to none. We lean in with courage, band together as a community and try new things to make a lasting impact on housing from coast to coast to coast.


Join us and be part of a team that's committed to making a real difference and be part of something meaningful.


What’s in it for you

We’ve got the purpose, the people and the perks you need for a fulfilling career. Here’s what you get when you’re a contract employee:

  • 3 weeks of accrued vacation
  • Annual individual performance bonus
  • Support in your personal and professional growth with training, mentorship and more – because when you thrive, we thrive
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with Employee Resource Groups and more
  • A hybrid work model that lets you balance working from home and nurturing in-person connections by coming into your region’s office at a minimum of 4 times a month.


About the role
Join the Housing Programs team, where we make delivering housing affordability solutions easy. The Specialist, Assisted Housing supports projects approved under the CMHC’s various lending and housing programs through the contract negotiation process to the advancing and disbursement of funds. Your role will help ensure housing projects funded by CMHC are successfully constructed or renovated, while also ensuring that risks to CMHC are appropriately managed. 

This is a temporary position of a duration of a minimum of 12 months.

What you’ll do:

  • Prepare and support our clients in the execution of loan agreements and supporting documents in consultation with legal partners.
  • Recommend funding advances and monitor the ongoing construction of housing projects.
  • Perform in-depth analysis of legal documentation and professional third-party reports, such as appraisals, quantity surveyor reports and environmental site assessments, to assess risks to CMHC and recommend appropriate solutions.
  • Analyze and maintain complex information critical to the development of reports related to program outputs and outcomes, identify gaps and take steps to ensure they are rectified.
  • Apply sound judgment and decision-making practices that are factual and based on complex analysis to derive recommendations and solutions in line with the expected results of the programs and within CMHC's risk appetite and government expectations.
  • Work closely with various professionals (from other CMHC business lines) and external experts to validate and verify facts and data that can have an impact on recommendations and financial decisions.
  • Establish and maintain meaningful relationships with clients, in addition to other relevant stakeholders, to gain a thorough understanding of the operations and environment and facilitate reviews and analysis of documents and leverage financial and policy authorities to recommend exceptions, when applicable, while designing new solutions.
  • Ensure financial and budget authority limits are respected.

What you should have:   

  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, commerce, or real estate law, with a concentration in accounting, finance or property management or an equivalent combination of education and required experience.
  • Minimum of five years of relevant experience in real estate law, construction financing or commercial banking.
  • Superior analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated ability to capture and synthesize information and propose viable solutions.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral), including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate messages that have the desired effect.
  • Demonstrated client management skills with the ability to negotiate with clients and arrive at acceptable solutions, sometimes in controversial conditions and tight time constraints.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated analytical experience dealing with complex legal matters, including loan agreements, operating agreements, construction lien acts, leasehold agreements, personal property security, land title registration, loan guarantees, and the interpretation of complex land title searches in various provinces and territories.
  • Good organizational skills, including project management and the ability to undertake and complete multiple concurrent tasks and strong decision-making skills.

It would be great if you also had: 

  • Demonstrated experience in program administration and property development.
  • Certified in Real Estate Finance (CRF), Certified Property Manager (CPM), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS), Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) or Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation.
  • Experience in construction financing, construction loan management or funding.
  • Knowledge of multi-unit residential lending industry and practices.



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




Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

We’re committed to employment equity and encourage women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions to apply. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our mission.


Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion 


What happens after you apply 

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