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General Manager, Granville Island

Sector: Finance 

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Salary Range: $141,479.63 to $176,849.54

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 


Granville Island is administered by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on behalf of the Federal Government. Its mission is “to steward this public land for meaningful urban and social experimentation among diverse, creative, cultural, and business models, engaging local first nations and communities, and welcoming the world.”


Granville Island and its 300 businesses greet approximately  8  million  people  per year,  employ  over 3,000  people  full-time,  and generate  over $260  million  in economic  activity.  Granville  Island  is seen as one  of  the  most  successful waterfront  developments  in  North  America aspiring to become the “most inspiring public place in the world”.


You want to know more about Granville Island?  Read the Granville Island 2040: Bridging Past & Future report by clicking on this link: This report builds on the success of the past, while offering bold new recommendations that anticipate how Granville Island can remain a dynamic destination for future generations to visit and enjoy.


About the role

The General Manager will be someone excited to take on the challenge of bridging Granville Island’s revered past and exciting future. Building on Granville Island’s world class reputation, the successful applicant will be responsible for the operations, expansion and intensification of a diverse public space. An icon beloved by Vancouver and visitors from around the world. This is a very public role and comes with high expectations from all stakeholders. It also comes with deeply felt goodwill and a protectiveness towards Granville Island.  The successful applicant will need to demonstrate an ability to draw on this support while balancing the many demands that creative reinvention entails.



What you will need

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognized university in commerce, business administration, property management and/or real estate.
  • Minimum of thirteen (13) years of relevant experience, and five (5) years of proven leadership experience managing a team
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and experience driving growth, including financing arrangements.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and building trust with external stakeholders whose co-operation is critical to present and future organizational success.
  • Demonstrated experience in land and project development, real estate development, leasing operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to make timely and sound decisions and rely on influence in preference to authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to find innovative approaches to project finance for strategic initiatives.
  • Extensive experience managing complex renewal initiatives.
  • Ability to develop financial operating model for investment in capital assets, maintenance, and visionary initiatives.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, negotiation, communication and stakeholder management skills. Ability to use tact, judgment and diplomacy to influence outcomes.
  • Ability to navigate in multi-stakeholder environments, able to balance conflicting needs and objectives.
  • Strong political sensitivity, with the ability to analyze and approach situations with tact, diplomacy and sound judgment.
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to capture and synthesize information to develop strategic business plans.


What you will be doing


  • Organize and lead the redevelopment and expansion of existing underutilized buildings and various development sites. These will be phased in over the next 20 years and will be subject to detailed program planning, finance and design considerations.
  • Develop policies and goals to align operations, organizational structure and finances with Granville Island mission, vision and strategy.



  • Develop a strong working relationship with new Granville Island Council members, reporting to and being responsive to Council.
  • Support Council in providing the proper education, orientation and onboarding of Council members to ensure it is an effective and high functioning decision- making body.
  • Foster teamwork between Council, the General Manager and Granville Island management.
  • Support an effective working relationship between CMHC and Council.


Financial/Operational Oversight and Property Management

  • Develop a financial operating model that enables appropriate investment in capital assets, maintenance, and visionary initiatives.
  • Develop innovative approaches to project financing for large strategic projects.
  • Develop and implement a capital plan and budget, and annual operating plan and budget.
  • Monitor and control expenditures within approved budget allocation as well manage the Granville Island profit and loss statement and balance sheet to ensure it remains financially self-sustaining.
  • Oversee the management of leases and tenant issues and ensures their financial viability, balanced with community and cultural considerations. 


Relationship Management & Communications

  • Lead and motivate employees and stakeholders to advance the Granville Island vision as set out in the Granville Island 2040 strategy. This is a complex and key part of the position's responsibilities, as buy-in from stakeholders and the public is key to the success of implementing the strategy.
  • Build trusted long-term relationships with key GranvilIe Island stakeholders (e.g., all levels of government, the Granville Island community, the community at large, tenants, First Nation communities, the business community, etc.) and Council.
  • Engage with and ensure effective, proactive communications with CMHC.
  • Act as the key spokesperson on matters that pertain to Granville Island and manage complex and sensitive communication issues.


People Leadership

  • Lead, organize, coach and develop the team to achieve Granville Island’s strategy and objectives by delegating responsibility and accountability while building capabilities within the team – Operations, Leasing, Property Management, Public Affairs and Programming, Finance, Project Planning and Development.
  • Drive engagement, enable a culture of learning, performance management and accountability amongst the 55+ Employees.
  • Act as a catalyst for organizational change, influence the translation of vision into action.
  • Implement practices to advance an inclusive, healthy organization, respectful of the diversity of people and their skills and free from harassment and discrimination.


Risk Management

  • Maintain a current risk registry with mitigation strategies for key risks and ensure sound risk management processes are in place.



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Note that Successful candidates will receive preliminary vetting by CMHC Human Resources prior to being presented to the Granville Island’s Council. This new Council is being established to strengthen local authority, capacity and capability for Granville Island, and to ensure the Island’s future success and achievement of its vision and strategy.


Note, the competition may remain active until filled.




Job Requisition ID: 3642  

Primary Location: VancouverBritish Columbia  

Security Requirement: Secret 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

To Note
  • Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance.
  • We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
  • If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
  • Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an under-fill capacity, in which case the person will be hired at a lower salary range than is advertised for this position.
  • All applications submitted to this competition will be kept for a six (6) month period and may be considered for future related vacancies at CMHC.

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

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