Manager or Director, Urban Affairs


CHBA’s national office is seeking a dynamic land development and housing professional to lead its key activities related to urban development, municipal affairs and other high-profile policy files.  A key member of CHBA’s Policy Team led by CEO, Kevin Lee, this manager or director (experience & qualifications dependant) will help formulate national policy, engage with key federal agencies, collaborate extensively with local and provincial associations, and be the staff lead for CHBA’s Urban Council.  Come join our dynamic team in this exciting position to support our industry in meeting the housing aspirations of Canadians!


Key Responsibilities

Lead CHBA’s Urban Affairs Activities by:

  • Liasing with key organizations related to urban affairs (e.g. at CMHC, Infrastructure Canada, HRSDC, etc.)
  • Leading policy and research related to:
    • development/land-use regulation and planning
      • including CHBA’s new Municipal Scorecard System
    • transit oriented development policy
    • development taxes
    • social housing and assisted homeownership
  • Acting as key member on CHBA’s national policy team
  • Working closely with CHBA’s Chief Economist on all of the above, plus CHBA’s economic modelling activities
  • Liaising with Provincial and Local Home Builders’ Assocation Staff on key urban and development files

Lead Key Policy Files by:

  • Working as part of CHBA’s policy team, to develop/evolve/update key policy positions for the Association
  • Collaborate with staff leads of CHBA’s committees and councils to formulate policies related thereto and to conduct strategic research to justify policy change
  • Lead on a selection of  those CHBA policy files



Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in a related field

Asset: Post-Graduate degree in a related field


  • A minimum of three (3) years’ [manager level] or ten (10) years’ [director level] recent practical work experience in a related field
  • Experience in policy assessment and development
  • Experience in urban development and/or municipal affairs
  • Asset: experience with social housing development

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.


  • Knowledge of government agencies and other key national players related to urban affairs
  • Knowledge of land development practices and issues in Canada
  • In-depth knowledge of Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Asset: Knowledge of economics, particularly as it related to housing and/or real estate

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to assess policy environment, organizational priorities and other externalities to formulate strong policy positions
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships that encourage cooperation.
  • Ablility to multi-task, advancing multiple projects and activities simultaneously
  • Strong writing, research and content development skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills

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. 
  • Asset:  Ability to communicate in both English and French


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.

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 respect the roles played by both elected and employed government officials and work easily with them.

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 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.