Careers with CHBA

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If you are an experienced professional who is passionate about making a difference in the housing industry, we invite you to consider the following opportunities. They are: Economic Research Analyst, and Director, Information Technology.

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Current Openings:

Job Posting


Economic Research Analyst

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

CHBA’s national office is seeking a dynamic research analyst, with experience in economic research, to anticipate and explore issues that directly impact policy for the housing industry and CHBA’s members. A key member of the CHBA national policy team led by Alana Lavoie and overseen by CEO, Kevin Lee, CHBA's research analyst will conduct results-oriented research projects, monitor and assess major housing data releases, and provide advice to internal and external stakeholders. Come join our dynamic team in this exciting position to support our industry in meeting the housing aspirations of Canadians!

ABOUT THE JOB

Key Responsibilities

Performs economic and policy research by undertaking the following:

Policy Development and Communication

  • As part of the CHBA Policy Team, anticipate and monitor emerging issues that directly impact the housing industry, consumers, and CHBA’s members.
  • Contribute to research and analysis to develop/evolve/update key policy positions for the Association.
  • 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.
  • Establish strategic partnerships internally and externally for the purpose of tracking current and emerging economic conditions that impact the housing sector.
  • In conjunction with the Director, Urban Affairs, develop relationships with key government officials in Statistics Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Department of Finance.
  • Developing and delivering down-to-earth analytical presentations to members and key stakeholders.
  • Lead on a selection of CHBA policy files.

Analytical or Research Projects

  • In consultation with the CHBA Policy Team, contribute to the development and delivery of a data and research plan for CHBA.
  • Working with collaborators and utilizing data from a variety of sources, contribute to the development of CHBA’s national residential construction sector model, and related tools
  • Developing and refining CHBA’s national home construction and renovation costing tool
  • Conducting empirical or theoretical research and analysis for projects, and assessing the implications for the housing industry
  • 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.
  • Produce and/or manage research and policy analysis to be disseminated internally and externally, particularly related to economic and financial analysis.
  • Respond to requests for information, data or analysis from a variety of stakeholders.

Contributes to the Overall Success of CHBA’s National Policy Team

  • Provide economic and data analysis to support government advocacy and policy development.
  • Provide research briefings on data and trends stemming from federal political, policy, regulatory and other activities related to housing and residential construction.
  • As part of the CHBA Policy Team, developing and executing the economic and financial analysis and research agenda for CHBA.


ABOUT YOU, THE CANDIDATE

Essential Requirements

Education:

Graduate Degree in economics, political science, urban planning, or political economy, ideally with exposure to land/real-estate economics and/or development economics and courses in statistical analysis.


Experience:

  • 3-7 years’ recent practical research experience in a data-driven environment
  • Experience in evidence-based policy assessment and development
  • Experience in liaising with government officials, private sector, academia and other stakeholders
  • Experience in working with economic data, the application of data science techniques, and/or quantitative research

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of emerging economic trends and policy related to the residential construction industry
  • Knowledge of Canada’s fiscal, monetary and macroprudential policies, particularly as they relate to housing and residential construction
  • Knowledge of key government policies that affect the economics and financial aspects of housing and residential construction
  • Knowledge of key sources of data for economic modelling and analysis related to the residential construction industry
  • Knowledge of the key federal departments and agencies and their role in policy affecting housing and the residential construction sector
  • Strong Asset: Extensive experience and/or certification in Microsoft Excel
  • Asset: Experience creating databases
  • Asset: Knowledge of research contracting and project management best practices

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to translate data into accessible information through written and visual communications
  • Ability to assess policy environment, organizational priorities and other externalities to formulate strong policy positions
  • 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
  • Ability to understand economic models for planning or monitoring purposes
  • Ability to apply appropriate methods, tools, processes and software to execute research activities
  • Writing skills: ability to produce effective written documents in a style and form likely to appeal to and influence the intended audience
  • Oral communication and presentation skills: the ability to make effective, well-structured presentations adapted to the intended audience, and the ability to communicate effectively with others by demonstrating active listening skills and conveying information clearly
  • Diplomacy: ability to conduct respectful and persuasive dialogue with stakeholders 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
  • 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: ability to communicate in both English and French

Team Fit:

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • 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
  • Self-starter who thrives in an environment where he/she can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Emotional intelligence: effective understanding of oneself and others and ability to relate well to other people.  


ABOUT CHBA

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.

Our Team

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”.

Our Location

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 recruiting@ihradvisoryservices.ca. 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.


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Job Posting


Director, Information Technology

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

Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Information Technology is responsible for leading all information technology operations and projects while advancing the needs and interests of the CHBA and its members.  

The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative high-performance team environment, working with various lines of business and the leaders of those.  He/she will be creative and innovative, while being happy both managing systems and contractors, and rolling up the sleeves to do extensive IT development work him/herself as required.  A client-service orientation – to CHBA staff, HBA staff across the country, and members – with an affable disposition and strong communication skills, will be a key to success.

Key Responsibilities

Oversee Information Technology Operations by:

  • As part of CHBA’s management team, collaborating to identify and implement innovative IT solutions to meet the ever-evolving needs of CHBA’s myriad lines of business
  • Conducting regular audits of IT systems to make recommendations on system enhancement/integration to better serve the CHBA and its members
  • Overseeing ongoing development and implementation of CHBA’s association management system (iMIS)
  • In collaboration with the Director, Renovation Services, leading the development of a the new iMIS-based system for an online certification-type system, administering the licensing and member-requirements digitally for the national RenoMark program
  • In collaboration with the Director, Renovation Services, leading the IT aspects of the development of the new Home Modification portal connecting consumers (caregivers, seniors aging-in-place, the disabled, etc.) with information, products/solutions, qualified CHBA renovators, and  occupational therapists
  • In collaboration with the Director, Net Zero Housing, leading the IT aspects of the development of CHBA’s Net Zero Home Program portal and back-end database for tracking member-companies, service-providers, and house data
  • Working with the Director of Professional Development, continue development of CHBA’s national Learning Management System (LMS), in collaboration with provincial and local HBAs
  • Working with various CHBA management, oversee the IT aspects of App development for various needs (e.g. CHBA’s Get It In Writing! app)
  • Managing outsourced agreements with IT service providers, including CHBA’s network management and basic systems support contractor
  • Providing “front line” IT support for CHBA events


ABOUT YOU, THE CANDIDATE

Essential Requirements

Education:

Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in Information Technology or a related field

Experience:

A minimum of ten (10) year’s recent practical work experience IT systems, including:

  • Database, association management systems, and/or CRM
    o    Asset: experience working with iMIS
  • Learning management systems
  • Advanced coding and scripting
  • IT Systems Architecture design and development
  • Desktop and network management and support
  • Contract and contractor management
  • Asset: Previous association or not-for-profit experience

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge:

Current and in-depth knowledge of:

  • Current and in-depth knowledge of:
    o    Database, association management systems, and/or CRM
    o    Learning management systems
    o    Advanced coding and scripting
    o    The software development life cycle
    o    IT Systems Architecture design and development
    o    Desktop and network management and support
  • In-depth competency in Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to identify sources of, and provide information and guidance on potential IT solutions for CHBA’s various lines of business
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to develop innovative cost-effective IT solutions in a team setting
  • Demonstrated abilities in project management


Team Fit:

  • Equally happy doing hands-on work and managing/overseeing work of others including contractors
  • Strong client-services orientation
  • Passionate about finding creative solutions to IT challenges
  • Excellent communicator, verbally and visually (e.g. leading workshops to establish use cases with staff)
  • Creative and innovative
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines
  • Outstanding interpersonal and listening skills with a demonstrated ability to develop strong working relationships that encourage cooperation.
  • Excellent team player
  • Enthusiastic desire to contribute to the overall success of the CHBA and its members
  • Self-starter who thrives in an environment where he/she can be equally successful working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
     

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 is a requirement to travel within Canada to attend meetings.  The incumbent may be required to work overtime from time to time given the nature of the work.


Please send resume and cover letter to recruiting@ihradvisoryservices.ca. 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.


About the CHBA National Team

CHBA exists to serve the interests of the residential construction industry and the Canadians who depend on that industry for housing they can afford. We are focused on delivering the best services and support, in the most efficient and effective manner possible, to our membership. We deal with building codes, energy efficiency, development challenges, business knowledge, and continued professional learning. Our work brings us into contact with related industries, government, and media. We attend meetings in and out of the office, and travel occasionally – notably to our National Conference, which is held in a different Canadian city each year.

Who we are

  • We are high-performing individuals who each contribute our own expertise to the organization.
  • We juggle a variety of work activities that allow us to take on professional challenges and develop new skills.
  • We value a positive, respectful, and collaborative work environment above all, with each member striving for continuous improvement.
  • We are naturally entrepreneurial and innovative, and comfortable working autonomously when needed.
  • That said, we enjoy collaborating on new ways of approaching a task or challenge; we’re not shy about asking for help and maximizing each other’s strengths.
  • Oh, and we take corporate Christmas cards very seriously.

2016 CHBA Christmas Card

Foyer at 141 Laurier Ave West Ottawa

Our Office

Newly renovated, our office is a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill and key government agencies. The bright and modern space is a great work environment, featuring 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 hotel's fitness centre, pool, sauna and whirlpool facilities. At the corner of Laurier and Elgin, we are close to many restaurants, shopping, and outdoor activity areas along the canal. Parking for vehicles and dedicated secure storage for bikes is available, and the location offers easy access to public transit. 




About the Canadian Home Builders' Association


Since 1943, the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) has been "the voice of Canada's residential construction industry." Representing one of the largest industry sectors in Canada, our membership is made up of some 9,000 companies – including home builders, renovators, land developers, trade contractors, product and material manufacturers, building product suppliers, lending institutions, insurance providers, and service professionals.

Read more about CHBA and how our association works here.