Technical Advisor, Codes and Standards
Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA)
“The Voice of Canada’s Residential Construction Industry Since 1943”
Position Type: Full-Time
Salary: Commensurate with Education & Experience
Job Location: National Office - 141 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa
ABOUT THE JOB
Overall Responsibility of Duties
Reporting to the Senior Director, Building Innovation; and in consultation with the Director, Technical Services; the Technical Advisor, Codes and Standards is responsible for providing technical advisory services related to the residential construction sector, including the modular method of construction. The incumbent is also responsible for providing programmatic support to related committees and councils.
Liaise with key government agencies and officials, and strategic partners, regarding technical issues and opportunities by:
- Working with the CEO; the Senior Director, Building Innovation; the Director, Technical Services; and other members of CHBA’s government relations team to develop and communicate CHBA policies and advocacy positions pertaining to technical matters
- Supporting and participating with the CEO and Senior Director on roundtables
- Liaising with members, other associations, government, consultants and others to obtain and provide information and respond to technical inquiries as required
- Liaising with national, provincial/territorial and municipal building officials to obtain and provide information as required
Provide technical advisory services to the Modular Construction Council by:
- Monitoring proposed and adopted changes to codes and standards affecting the residential construction industry; communicating with governments and members regarding industry positions, issues and opportunities; and preparing requests for changes as required
- Participating on codes and standards committees, task groups and working groups at the national level; and other national and regional groups as appropriate
- Supporting technical aspects of CHBA’s Net Zero Energy Home Labelling Program, including its program requirements
Design and deliver programs to support innovation in the industry by:
- Monitoring industry technical challenges and R&D activities of interest to members
- Identifying sources and providing guidance and sources of information with respect to potential R&D solutions
- Facilitating research to identify and prioritize technical problems and support codes and standards development
- Supporting the development of technical information for education and training activities in coordination with the Director of Professional Development and the Chief Technology Officer
Provide programmatic and logistical support to relevant committees and councils by:
- Performing duties to support the Modular Construction Council and Technical Research Committee
o Providing logistical support for meetings (agenda, meeting summaries and status updates) and working with the Senior Director, Building Innovation; Director of Technical Services and Committee Chair to run meetings
o Providing regular updates (e.g. presentations, seminars, web content, bulletins and magazine articles) on related activities, opportunities and issues
o Coordinating information sharing among CHBA and other organizations, including program updates for education/training courses
o Reporting on the status of technical activities, opportunities and issues
ABOUT YOU, THE CANDIDATE
Post-Secondary Diploma in Architectural Technology or a related field
- A minimum of three (3) years’ recent practical experience conducting research and communicating technical information to a broad audience
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
- Current knowledge of industry technical challenges including proposed and adopted changes to codes and standards
- In-depth knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to identify sources of, and provide information and guidance on potential research and development solutions that may be of interest to members
- Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of stakeholders at all levels of government as well as demonstrated writing and presentation skills to a variety of audiences
- Passionate about finding creative solutions to technical problems
- Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines
- Enthusiastic desire to contribute to the overall success of CHBA
- Self-starter who thrives in an environment where he/she can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
Although not required, the following would be welcome additional qualifications:
- Previous experience providing programmatic and/or logistical support to a committee or council
- Experience using HOT2000
- Previous association or nonprofit experience
How we deliver our services
CHBA is the national level of one association working at three levels – nationally, provincially and locally. Our members join a Local Home Builders’ Association (HBA), and in so doing also become members of the provincial and national levels of the Association. There are over 60 constituents (local and provincial) HBAs in the Association.
Our membership is made up of over 8,500 leading companies from coast to coast – including home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, and service professionals. Our industry currently represents over $150B of economic activity and over 1 million on- and off-site jobs.
The members engaged with the National Association are leaders in the industry and within the local and provincial levels of the Association – they are successful business people who volunteer their time for years to give back to the industry and support its overall success.
Each level of the Association works to support the members and works with the government at its level (federal, provincial or municipal) to advance the interests of the industry and Canadians with respect to housing. The three levels of the Association collaborate to ensure a consistent approach towards real solutions that will benefit members and consumers alike.
CHBA is a federal not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership, supported by our professional staff.
At the national level, our system of Committees and Councils brings together industry experts from across the country to share information and ideas, collaborate on common issues, and to formulate recommendations to governments to improve the quality, affordability and choice of homes for Canadians.
The national office staff is a high-performance team of cross-disciplinary professionals working in a dynamic and welcoming work environment. There is a great deal of comradery in our day-to-day dealings with each other, our constituent associations, our Board leadership and its Executive Committee, and our members. We juggle a variety of work activities that allow us to take on new challenges and develop new skills and make use of the multi-disciplinary team we have on staff. We value a positive and collaborative work environment above all, striving for continuous improvement, and at all times treat each other with respect.
- We are naturally entrepreneurial and innovative and enjoy collaborating on new ways of approaching a task or challenge.
- We work both autonomously and together in teams, knowing that we each bring our own expert contribution to the organization.
- We are not shy about asking for help and we celebrate each other’s strengths.
We are constantly and solely focused on delivering the best services and support to our membership, in the most efficient and effective manner possible, always bearing in mind that per our strategic plan: “CHBA exists to serve the interests of our industry and to help our members succeed and prosper as they strive to fulfill the housing aspirations of Canadians.”
Located on Laurier Avenue just beside the Lord Elgin Hotel on Elgin Street, CHBA’s new offices are a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill and key government agencies, where CHBA staff have meetings on a regular basis. The newly completed space offers our staff a wonderful work environment, with new office furniture, high-tech boardrooms, a spacious kitchen, casual meeting and group work spaces, a dedicated video room and more. Connected to the Marriott and Metcalfe hotels next door, there is easy access to various amenities, including CHBA discounted rates for membership at the hotels’ fitness centre, pool, sauna and whirlpool facilities (which all CHBA staff make use of). Parking for vehicles and dedicated secure storage for bikes is available, and the location offers easy access to public transit and outdoor activity areas along the canal. Close to many restaurants and stores, the location provides quick access to Sparks Street, Elgin Street, the Rideau Centre and the Byward Market.
Hours of work
The hours of work are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, though some flexibility is available. There may be a requirement to travel within Canada to attend meetings. The incumbent may be asked to work overtime from time to time.
Please send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. CHBA is looking to fill this position ASAP, and will assess applications as they are received. Accordingly, there is no closing date for this posting. The application process for this posting will close when we have received a sufficient number of qualified applicants.
Accommodations will be provided at all stages of the hiring process. We ask applicants to make their needs known in advance.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.