Housing Needs Researcher – Socio-Economic
CMHC: Because What I Do Matters
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 unbiased 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.
To support us in our mission, we are seeking a motivated individual with strong analytical and communication skills, to join the Housing Needs Policy Research Division in the role of Researcher - Socio-Economic.
This permanent-full time position is an exceptional opportunity to become a member of a dynamic research team dedicated to the planning, managing, and completion of rigorous housing research and communicating the results to a variety of audiences. In this role, you will have an opportunity to inform housing policy, fill data and information gaps that undermine informed decision making in the housing sector, and, assess the short, mid and long term impacts of government investments in affordable housing targeted at improving housing and the living conditions of Canadians.
Specifically, you will be observing and analyzing socio and economic housing trends, identifying problems, challenges and opportunities, developing and managing research projects to fill data and information gaps, communicating the results of your research to government, private and non-profit stakeholders and providing thought-leadership on a variety of topics and issues. Areas of research currently focus on the housing needs and conditions of vulnerable Canadians including low-income seniors, veteran, recent immigrants, victims of violence, Canadians with disabilities, indigenous groups and the LGBTQ+ communities and assessing the impacts and outcomes of government investments in affordable housing.
How You Will Be Contributing
- Working as part of a team of researchers and policy analysts to plan, manage and conduct research aimed at identifying and addressing the housing needs of Canadians in terms of affordability, accessibility, improved living conditions and a range of socio-economic outcomes with a focus on low-income Canadians.
- Developing research reports, report summaries, papers, fact sheets, briefing notes, memoranda, Web content and other media to quickly and effectively communicate the results of research to identified priority audiences.
- Providing substantive input into the review and development of housing policies, programs and strategies to address specific problems and challenges and improve housing and living conditions in consideration of corporate and government priorities and directions.
- Supporting development of strategic intelligence gathering, analyzing data, trends, information on housing conditions and reporting on housing conditions, stakeholder positions and activities, government and non-government initiatives.
What We Are Looking For
- A commitment to demonstrating CMHC values.
- University degree in a related humanities field (e.g.; sociology, psychology, political science, geography, economics) with a minimum of three (3) years of work experience in positions of increasing responsibility or an equivalent combination of research experience and education.
- A Master’s degree in a related discipline would be considered an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in supporting the development of research projects in terms of scope, objectives, methodologies, and requirements for expertise and resources; procurement and contracting processes; management of internal and external contracted research projects to achieve results in a timely manner.
- Demonstrated experience conducting original analysis and synthesize data to solve abstract, complex problems using appropriate techniques.
- Knowledge of affordable housing trends and conditions, housing needs of vulnerable populations, affordable housing sector stakeholders; and, affordable housing programs and policies.
- Knowledge of research and analysis of primary and secondary data, using appropriate methodologies, quantitative and statistical analysis to assess and address complex housing issues and challenges, analysing and forecasting trends, providing facts, evidence and conclusions to support internal and external decision making.
- Highly developed methodological, analytical, creative, and conceptual skills.
- Ability to capture and analyse, a multitude of social, economic, political, environmental factors that define CMHC’s public policy role and its operating environment.
- Strong communication skills (written and oral), including the ability to speak and write clearly and succinctly in a variety of settings and styles to communicate and defend messages and positions.
Client Focus/ Innovation/ Valuing and Respecting Individuals
Analytical Thinking/ Effective Team Worker/ Communication (Presenting and Influencing)/ Client-Oriented/ Problem-Solver/ Strategic / Forward Thinker/ Relationship Building/ Project Management
What CMHC Has To Offer
- Competitive Total Compensation package
- Competitive Annual Salary
- Defined Benefit Pension Plan
- Eligibility for Performance Bonuses
- In-house learning and development opportunities
- Career Growth Opportunities
- Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- New Hire Mentorship Program
Various onsite amenities
This job posting will be active until 11:59 pm EST on February 18, 2018, however, the competition may remain active until a successful candidate has been chosen.
- 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, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
- 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.
- Candidates must be eligible for Secret Clearance.
- 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.