BC Housing—a crown agency of British Columbia’s provincial government—is committed to making a difference in people’s lives and communities through safe, affordable, and quality housing. Serving a broad range of British Columbians, BC Housing addresses gaps across the housing continuum, ranging from emergency shelter and rent assistance to affordable home ownership. The agency’s annual budget for 2020/21 is $1.6 billion, with approximately 117,616 households benefitting from affordable housing programs in over 300 communities across the province.
In delivering its strategic direction and mandate, BC Housing is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to embrace and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC): Calls to Action. The importance of this, for the organization, cannot be overstated. Also important to the organization is taking action towards the goals of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging—work that involves the agency’s employees, its partners, and the people served by BC Housing through its programs and services.
It is within this context that BC Housing invites nominations and application for the position of Vice-President, Development and Asset Strategies, a role that will give a passionate leader the opportunity to, among other things, facilitate and increase supply of community-based affordable social housing across the province.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the executive leadership team, the Vice-President, Development and Asset Strategies oversees a large team that plans and implements provincial and joint provincial/federal affordable housing supply programs involving partnerships with non-profit societies, community groups, other levels of government, and private enterprise. The Development and Asset Strategies Branch plans, organizes, directs, and controls construction activities of various development projects, and approves all contracts and expenditures from project initiation, design and construction, through to occupancy. The Branch is also responsible for developing and implementing a province-wide strategy and business model for the redevelopment, improvement, and sustainability of BC Housing’s social housing stock. The Branch acts as a centre of expertise in the areas of building design, construction, and energy sustainability, and ensures all BC Housing properties—including existing buildings and new construction—meet green building design and energy performance standards and objectives.
The ideal candidate has knowledge and understanding of strategies and best practices pertaining to the planning, design, construction, financing and renovation of multiple unit residential housing. Given the scope of the role, the incumbent is strategic and analytical; possesses strong problem-solving skills; is deeply consultative; and is a strong facilitator, negotiator, and consensus-builder. The person who will realize success in the role takes great pride in coaching and mentoring teams, and maintains strong working relationships with government, Indigenous communities, housing partners, non-profit societies, community agencies, the construction industry, and other stakeholders involved in planning and implementing housing developments. A bachelor’s degree is sought (preferably in social or urban planning, public administration, or a related discipline), or the equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
BC Housing invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Interested applicants can apply through the company Careers page: www.bchousing.org/careers. BC Housing is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure an applicant list that includes Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, thereby reflecting Canada’s diverse population. Applicants from the BIPOC community can send their resume to Helen Mekonen at [email protected] or Jason Murray at [email protected]
We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
BC Housing is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. The organization invites and welcomes applications from women; Black, Indigenous and People of Colour; People with Disabilities and Disabled People, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference. BC Housing is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected]
About BC Housing
BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province. We also license residential builders, administer owner builder authorizations and carry out research and education that benefits the residential construction industry, consumers and the affordable housing sector.