Community Housing - Director Project Implementation

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About the Client

Based in Ottawa, our client is one of the largest social housing providers in Ontario and the second largest in Ontario, providing nearly 15,000 homes for about 32,000 seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs.


 Scope of Position

The Director of Project Implementation is a member of the Senior Management Team and a key contributor to Asset Management Division’s project delivery team. Reporting to the Executive Director, Asset Management, the Director Project Implementation will oversee the implementation of a program of Capital Works that that will support the redevelopment and renewal of the housing portfolio. The Director will ensure the timely and cost effective implementation of the Capital Works Program and also act as a senior staff resource to the Asset Management Committee of the Board of Directors.
 


Functional Tasks

  • Building and Maintaining Adequate and Appropriate Housing Stock 

Supports the renewal and redevelopment of the housing portfolio

  • Ensures effective and informed decision making by senior management and the Board of Directors regarding the implementation of capital projects and programs of work
  • Aligns implementation plans with the strategic objectives of the Corporation and the needs of tenants
  • Supports the Director of Engineering and Planning in the Planning process ensuring that proposed capital projects are substantive, measurable, and achievable
  • Supports the assessment of the corporations long term capital requirements through the completion of a comprehensive building condition assessment program

 
Oversees the planning and implementation of projects

  • Responsible for the conversion of the list of the capital projects for the current year into an executable Works Programs including resource allocation, timing and budget
  • Ensures appropriate project management practices are used in the delivery of the Works Program
  • Engages appropriate stakeholders including tenants and Tenant Services staff in the delivery of the Works Program
  • Oversees that emergency repairs are performed in a timely and cost effective manner on unforeseen matters such as fire and floods
  • Ensures that the Works Program is delivered in the most effective manner by using a combination of internal and external resources and alternate delivery methods
  • Works in collaboration with Tenant Services staff consistent with the corporation’s strategic objectives and direction provided by the Board of Directors and its committees
  • Ensures financial accountability for the cost effective completion of the Capital Works program
  • Provides accountability reports to the Executive Director, as well as to the Shareholder and the Service Manager as required

 

  • Ensuring Safety and Security
  • Ensures compliance with building codes, fire codes, property standards and other related requirements
  • Ensures that all project implementation staff enforce procedures that support safe and secure work sites
  • Ensures compliance with Occupational Health and Safety legislation and policies, and with the requirements of WSIB

 

  • Nurturing Community Partnerships
  • Collaborates effectively with contractors and other external agencies to ensure desired outcomes are achieved
  • Ensures that the corporation receives value for money and that business practices and partners are fully accountable for their performance
  • Represents the corporation in a positive manner and treats all work related contacts with respect and courtesy

 

  • Enhancing Organizational Capacity and Effectiveness
  • Oversees the management of staff assigned to the Project Implementation team of the Asset Management division, and of contractors and consultants engaged by the division
  • Provides support to the Asset Management Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Works in collaboration with other stakeholders to recommend and oversee the implementation of maintenance delivery standards

Preferred Experience / Education
The following indicates specific industry, academic and functional experience/qualifications that are important to the successful achievement of the identified responsibilities and performance deliverables.

  • Education and Experience

The corporation recognizes the equivalence of various combinations of experience, education and professional development.

  • University degree in Architecture or Engineering or in a related field with associated post-graduate or professional qualifications
  • A minimum ten years management experience, with a minimum of five years progressive senior experience in the management of maintenance or residential construction

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge Requirements
  • Extensive knowledge of residential construction for all types of building
  • Extensive knowledge of building codes, fire codes, property standards and related requirements
  • Understanding of the values and objectives of a social housing organization and commitment to support those objectives
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project and time management practices to coordinate several projects and deal with varying priorities

 

  • Demonstrated Skills/Abilities
  • Strategic thinking allowing effective participation in Senior Management Team discussions of corporate-wide issues as well as of long-term planning issues.
  • Superior administrative and coordination skills
  • Ability to develop, manage and control budgets
  • Operates effectively in a team-based management approach
  • Analytical skills to resolve problems, especially in the context of complex issues
  • Effective written and oral communication skills relating to diverse audiences
  • Effective negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Capacity to write reports directed at non-specialists
  • Facility with information technology, spreadsheets and databases
  • Establishes aggressive personal targets and strives to achieve them
  • Focuses strongly on achieving agreed upon outcomes and ensures that key objectives are met
  • Balances personal goals with those of the team and fosters collaboration among team members
  • Establishes and communicates clear priorities and sense of direction
  • Challenges the status quo and champions new initiatives
  • Acts as a catalyst to change and stimulates others to change
  • Develops a strategic plan to realize the vision and is able to stand back from immediate problems in order to focus on more far reaching issues
  • Takes responsibility for own actions and addresses problems before asked

 

  • Language Requirement
  • Ability to communicate fluently orally and in writing in English
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in French is an asset

 

  • Other
  • Must have a valid Class “G” driver’s license or equivalent and provide a personal vehicle for business use
  • Must be able to provide a Police Record Check

Remuneration and Benefits
Competitive salary, full benefits and pension