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Senior Building Consultant

Job Requisition ID: 3665  

Primary Location: VancouverBritish Columbia  

Other Location(s):  

Sector: Client Operations 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Salary Range: $ 74 852,60  to $ 93 565,75

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Frequent 

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) helps Canadians meet their housing needs. As Canada’s authority on housing, we contribute to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provide support for Canadians in housing need, and offer objective housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of our operations. Our work matters to a great many people and our employees matter to us. 


Bring your technical and communication skills and your engineering expertise to this Principal, Technical Services position in Vancouver!

How You Will Be Contributing

  • Providing expert functional guidance and advice to technical resource officers using an in-depth knowledge of up-to-date construction theories and practices. 
  • Providing expert functional guidance, interpretation and assistance to CMHC’s internal and external clients. 
  • Performing on-site technical reviews and preparing inspection narrative reports in support of Multiple Underwriting, First Nation Housing, Real Estate and Affordable Housing / National Housing Strategy.
  • Directing the outsourcing process for the acquisition of external technical services and consultants. 
  • Monitoring and measuring the quality of work of external contracts. 
  • Undertaking special requests or assignments and comprehensive technical audits and consultation on multiple unit residential buildings. 
  • Supporting CMHC’s technical transfer initiative by making presentation to the general public and the housing industry on various technical issues. 
  • Working closely with the immediate team, the manager and other regions to ensure the continued delivery of technical services, with emphasis on efficiency, effectiveness and quality. 
  • Networking with external agencies such as professional associations, provincial and municipal authorities, consultants, developers, builders and lenders to maintain good relations and to keep abreast of current issues.


What We Are Looking For

  • College diploma in engineering technology, building sciences, or architecture technology, and a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in building technology or an equivalent combination of education and 10 years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated experience providing guidance to others regarding sound construction practices.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the National Building Code, and provincial/municipal regulations.
  • Demonstrated experience with related engineering, building science principles and construction theory and the principles and practices for complex multiple unit buildings.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of computer systems - in particular, spreadsheet and data management applications (Microsoft Excel); and software used in the technical or building inspection professions. 
  • Membership in a nationally recognized Home Inspectors and Property Inspector Association would be considered an asset.
  • In-depth understanding of construction policies, procedures and guidelines. 
  • A sound understanding of related engineering, building science principles and construction theory and the principles and practices for complex multiple unit buildings.
  • Ability to build and maintain client relationships, recognize opportunities for improvement and contribute to a working environment where diversity is valued, respected and integrated.
  • Ability to meaningfully share expertise and advice that is relevant to the clients’ needs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (both oral and written) with a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills enabling the balance of workloads and the prioritization of requests to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to achieve results, deliver quality work and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated research, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Project management skills (asset)


Additional requirements

  • Ability to manage flexible work hours, including some evenings and weekends.
  • A valid driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle, as this position requires some travel in very remote locations including site visits.
  • Ability to move safely over uneven terrain, in confined spaces or high altitudes.


Building Collaborative Relationships/ Thinking Analytically/ Meeting Client /Stakeholder Needs



What CMHC Has To Offer

  • Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)*
  • Competitive Total Compensation package
  • Competitive Annual Salary
  • Comprehensive flex benefit program
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Eligibility for Performance Bonuses
  • In-house learning and development opportunities
  • Career Growth Opportunities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Various onsite amenities


*ROWE involves a cultural shift away from managing people to managing work. Employees have full autonomy and accountability to choose when and where to work in order to be efficient, effective, and achieve results.


APPLY today

This job posting will be active until 11:59 pm EST on June 28, 2019; however, the competition may remain active until a successful candidate has been chosen.




To Note

  • Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements as CMHC cannot make assumptions about your education and experience.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance. In the event that tests are administered, candidates will also 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 level than the position level.
  • 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.
  • Candidates must be eligible for Reliability Clearance.
  • Second Language Proficiency levels are defined as follows:
    • A = Beginner Level
    • B = Intermediate Level
    • C = Advanced Level
    • E = Exempt
    • P = Specific Language Skills



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

Learn more below about CMHC and how we help Canadians meet their housing needs.