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 OPPORTUNITY
Are you passionate about having a job that makes a difference? Do you like working with the big picture and then breaking it down? Are you interested in being part of a team that strives to effect change on a national scale regarding key issues like climate change and helping Canadians attain their housing dreams? CHBA’s mission is to support our members and their ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality, and choice. To do that, we keep our pulse on economic and demographic issues that directly impact housing in Canada, with the goal making a better country for everyone. Whether it’s ensuring we have a strong building code that keeps housing affordability a priority, developing smart climate change policies, moving to Net Zero levels of energy performance on a voluntary basis, or addressing housing supply challenges so there are more homes that people can afford, our association is part of positive progress for Canadians.
Come join a dynamic team at CHBA’s national office. We are currently seeking a research analyst to help advance policy, advocacy and research related to the residential construction sector and support CHBA members. As a key member of the policy team led by Senior Director Alana Lavoie and overseen by CEO, Kevin Lee, CHBA's research analyst will deliver results-oriented research projects and products, monitor and assess key data releases and provide advice to inform CHBA policy, advocacy and members’ businesses.
ABOUT THE JOB
Performs economic research by undertaking the following:
Policy Development and Communication
- As part of the CHBA Policy Team, monitor emerging market, economic and demographic issues that directly impact the housing industry, consumers, and CHBA’s members
- Produce evidence-based, accessible analysis and reports based on economic data and industry assessments for key audiences including senior management, members, the general public, governments, and key stakeholders.
- Contribute to research and analysis to develop/evolve/update key policy positions for the Association
- In conjunction with the Senior Director, Policy & Urban Affairs, develop relationships with key government officials in Statistics Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Department of Finance.
Analytical and Research Projects
- In consultation with the CHBA Policy Team, contribute to the development and delivery of a data and research plan for CHBA.
- Develop and maintain databases and models that support members, and CHBA’s advocacy and policy agenda.
- Develop and refine CHBA’s national home construction and renovation costing tool.
- Manage research contracts to support the delivery of analytical, data driven research and tools to improve the understanding of the residential construction sector in Canada.
- Respond to requests for information, data or analysis from a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
Contributes to the Overall Success of CHBA’s National Government Relations Team
- Provide economic and data analysis to support government advocacy and policy development.
- Provide internal briefings on data and trends stemming from federal political, policy, regulatory and other activities related to housing and residential construction.
- Use data visualization tools to support communications and advocacy activities.
ABOUT YOU, THE CANDIDATE
Minimum four (4) year undergraduate degree in Statistics, Economics, Mathematics, Data Science, Business Intelligence, Business Administration or a related field.
- Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of data and analytics.
- Experience in working with economic data, the application of data science techniques, and/or quantitative research.
- Experience with Microsoft Excel, and/or data visualization tools.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
- Knowledge of Canada’s fiscal, monetary and macroprudential policies, particularly as they relate to housing and residential construction
- Knowledge of key sources of data for economic modelling and analysis related to the residential construction industry
- Knowledge of emerging economic trends and policy related to the residential construction industry
- Knowledge of key government policies that affect the economics and financial aspects of housing and residential construction
- Extensive experience and/or certification in Microsoft Excel
- Asset: Experience contributing to the development of databases
- Asset: Knowledge of research contracting and project management best practices
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to implement survey techniques and methodologies
- Ability to undertake database management
- Advanced skills in Microsoft EXCEL and Microsoft Office software (Word, PowerPoint and Outlook)
- Ability to prepare and deliver reports and presentations that are effective, accessible and likely to influence the intended audience
- Ability to develop strong working relationships that encourage cooperation
- Ability and willingness to work in a highly collaborative team with shared accountabilities
- Ability to multi-task, advancing multiple projects and activities simultaneously
- Diplomacy: ability to conduct respectful and persuasive dialogue with others that may hold opposing views, while also considering their viewpoints
- Innovation: the ability to create new insights, devise new approaches and make innovative decisions through research and analysis
- Analytical and technical skills: strong problem-solving skills, including the ability to analyze complex economic and financial information using empirical and/or modelling skills
- Asset: highly skilled with data visualization tools such as Tableau, QlikView, or similar
- Self-starter who thrives in an environment where he/she can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Time management skills
- The ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines
- Enthusiastic desire to contribute to the overall success of the CHBA and its members
- Emotional intelligence: effective understanding of oneself and others and ability to relate well to other people.
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 some 9,000 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 click here to submit your resume and cover letter (you will be redirected to a new page). 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.