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Vice President, Property Portfolio Management | Civida

The Organization

Civida respectfully acknowledges that they are located within Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4.  They acknowledge the land as the traditional home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Saulteaux, Anishinaabe, Inuit and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

Civida has a long history of promoting affordable housing options and solutions. They began as the Edmonton Housing Authority in 1970, and in 1995 became Capital Region Housing. Today, the organization is known as Civida — the largest provider of social and near-market housing in the Edmonton region.

Through affordable housing, Civida provides over 5,000 homes to tenants and their families. They also lead the way in housing research, policy development and advocacy within this region.

A lot has changed over the past three decades, but Civida’s mission remains essentially the same:

Mission: To provide safe and affordable housing.

Vision: Everybody’s home.

Civida’s core business includes:

  • Property management – providing professional housing and asset management for over 5,000 homes throughout Edmonton.
  • Program administration – providing program administration to applicants, tenants and program funders for social housing and rent subsidies.
  • Property development – developing and purchasing housing units to meet the needs for affordable housing in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

Civida’s Guiding Principles:

  • Sustainability – we will build an organization that will value and promote financial, social, and environmental sustainability.
  • Excellence – we will embody service and operational excellence, creating an environment where customers can achieve their highest independence.
  • Engagement – we will ensure all our partners – tenants, staff, service providers and governments – are fully aware and engaged in our success.
  • Innovation – we will develop innovative and creative housing solutions and approaches.

Civida is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, and recognizes that those ideals support service excellence. As an essential element of their DNA, Civida welcomes the unique contributions that candidates can bring in terms of diverse backgrounds and lived experiences and encourages applications that represent the diversity of their community.

For further information on Civida, please visit their website at https://civida.ca/

 

The Opportunity

Reports to:Chief Executive Officer
Direct Reports:1: Director, Capital Development and Asset Management
Indirect Reports:22
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

 

Mandate

Reporting to the CEO, the Vice President Property Portfolio Management ensures the Corporation is provided with efficient and effective application of all property management services, as well as new developments. The VP Property Portfolio Management will provide leadership, supervision, direction and training to the Capital Development and Asset Management Division team by building relationships on the basis of trust and integrity, and ensuring collaboration and teamwork is fostered throughout the organization.

 

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

Functional Leadership:

  • Ensure that properties are maintained to a standard sufficient to meet the objectives of the Corporation and within the guidelines as set out for the program.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Asset Management and Capital Development teams with the goal of delivering effective and cost-efficient services designed to maximize partner and clients’ real estate portfolio’s dual contribution to financial and mission goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies and systems to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Asset Management services, delivering effective customer service to partners and promoting the value of strong asset management, strategic portfolio goals and annual workplans.
  • Oversee the entire multi-Family portfolio of the Company ensuring that building operations are fiscally sound and achieving the financial performance goals, and the properties are well managed and maintained
  • Oversee the entire Capital Development portfolio from funding and initial design through to project completion.
  • Create intra-department information sharing to keep teams apprised on initiatives underway to prevent silos of know-how
  • Create and develop institutionalized processes, safeguards and procedures to help grow the Company
  • Establish, monitor and continually optimize Capital Development project execution performance in terms of scope, quality, schedule and cost compliance.
  • Attend meetings of the Board as requested and report on Asset Management and Capital Development Portfolio
  • Keep the Chief Executive Officer informed of events of a significant nature and of the general operation of Asset Management and Capital Development areas.
  • Work co-operatively with other managers to ensure the overall efficiency, effectiveness, and safety of the Corporation’s operations.

Administrative Leadership:

  • Participate in the development of policies and procedures and to keep the Operations staff informed of changes and new practices.
  • Monitor all procedures required for the efficient and effective operation of the Operations Division, updating and making changes in collaboration with the Policy team as required.
  • Monitor and approve the hiring of all division staff.
  • Keep informed of new trends and developments in the property management field.
  • Liaise with outside organizations to promote the Corporation’s services.
  • Evaluate or review evaluations and monitor the performance of all Operations staff, making and/or approving recommendations regarding salary adjustments, position changes and dismissals.
  • Contribute to the training and development of division staff.
  • Participate in the on-going administration of the collective agreement.
  • Meet regularly with other managers for the exchange of information and ideas, and the development of new practices.

Financial Leadership:

  • Guide and advise partners to proactively manage their portfolios to maximize both contribution to financial and mission goals as defined by the property owner.
  • Manage restructuring situations or proposals on new developments, including refinancing, general partner substitution, legal action, partnership, and debt restructuring
  • Ensure the division operates within the approved annual budget.
  • Work on innovative strategies to bring efficiencies in our contract management strategy as well as our current procedures on development and asset management.
  • Direct the preparation of the division’s annual budgets.
  • Approve the purchase of supplies and services and payment for same to the limit specified in the policies of the Corporation.

 

First Year Deliverables / Measures of Success

Success in the first year will be determined by the candidate’s ability to:

  • Work in partnership with leadership to establish final plans on the Keheewin development;
  • Successfully deliver the Lendrum project on time and on budget (is currently tracking that way);
  • Lead and complete the conversations in relation to a renewal of the capital development plan for prioritized sites where development is needed;
  • Have a meaningful look at the contract delivery service on the maintenance side and establish a prioritization list; and
  • Establish strong and meaningful relationships with key stakeholders, including funders from all orders of government.

 

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education:

  • Relevant undergraduate degree required; graduate degree welcomed

Experience:

  • 15 years + in a people management/leadership role with an outcome-based organization
  • Direct experience in not-for-profit, public relations, and government relations
  • Housing experience is an asset but not a requirement

Competencies and Attributes:

  • An approachable style and ability to build strong relationships, both internally and externally
  • An appreciation for the sensitivities and need for housing, support, and security for low-income singles and families
  • A self-starter personality, with the capability to drive to success and operate effectively with little structure or defined boundaries
  • An ability to see the big picture while assessing the short-term and long-term needs of the organization and sustaining daily operations
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex multi-faceted projects in various locations
  • Demonstrated success initiating and implementing organization changes in a unionized environment
  • Inspiring leadership abilities to develops others and encourage a shared organizational vision of excellence
  • A confident and solutions-based decision-making process, forming views and prioritizing actions based on available facts, data, and circumstances
  • Ability to balance process and outcomes to ensure realistically high-quality results are achieved with only a reasonable level of compromise
  • An ability to challenge the status quo, with strong reasoning
  • Understanding of how to apply balanced risk management, to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate potential vulnerabilities or liabilities
  • An understanding of business fundamentals and the drivers of financial health and accountability of the organization and take responsibility for maintaining its ongoing financial soundness and sustainability
  • Exceptional presentation, verbal, and written communication skills.

 

The Compensation

An excellent compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: HRCCCanada.GBS.EdmontonPIES@ajg.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AVXM-657113 Vice President, Property Portfolio Management | Civida - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

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