Housing Master Plan Program Manager (Niagara Region)

Job Title: Housing Master Plan Program Manager

Job Opening Id: 32928
# Required: 1
Business Unit: Corporate Services
Division: Housing / Hostels / Homelessness
Location: Headquarters Campbell East
Standard Hours: 35.00 / week
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary
Salary Grade: 6
Salary Range: $ 79,140.00 - $ 93,100.00
Post Date: 2022-06-22
Close Date: 2022-07-05 

Approximate Duration: 6 months

As an employer of choice, Niagara Region offers competitive salaries and benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, a corporate wellness centre, access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), mentorship and training programs, employee recognition programs, and more. In addition, the Region recognizes the value of having flexible work arrangements to support better work-life balance for our employees.

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 475,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada’s most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario’s most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.

Please note that the Niagara Region requires that all newly hired employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of being hired and provide proof of full vaccination, or provide proof of a bona fide medical or Human Rights Code exemption on a form issued from and approved by Niagara Region.

Job Summary

Salary Pending Review

Reporting to the Director Housing Services / CEO of NRH, the Housing Master Plan Program Manager leads a cross divisional team in developing an implementation model of Niagara Region’s Consolidated Master Plan related to Niagara Region’s Affordable Housing strategic priority. The role maintains control, oversight and coordination of the Consolidated Master Plan.

  • Post-Secondary Diploma or Degree in Planning, Business Administration, or a related field of study.
  • At least 5 years of current related experience in the following areas; land use planning, with local area Municipalities, comprehensive program evaluation, contract preparation and management, reporting and managerial/supervisory responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of applicable legislation (e.g. Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)
  • Related professional designation (e.g. CET) an asset.
  • Knowledge of detailed planning processes, development standards and practices, and strategic land development.
  • Knowledge and skills of urban design criteria and best practices.
  • The ability to comply with policies, procedures, and legislation associated with planning, municipal land disposition processes, appraisals, and land transfer processes.
  • Knowledge of financial modelling approaches to support the development of programs and business plans; ability to conduct cost/benefit and return on investment analyses.
  • Research, analyze, problem solve, and continuous improvement skills to classify and organize work; analyze and assess program compliance with policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and legislation; develop program plans, procedures, policies, and frameworks; analyze data and make property recommendations; and take a broad view of issues, events, and activities and their long term impacts/implications.
  • Ability to read and interpret legislation, reports, publications, journals, and research papers; ability to write, compile, and summarize data and research; prepare technical/administrative reports, articles, policies, procedures, correspondence, specifications and standards.
  • Computer skills with ability to use software such as Microsoft Office and program related databases.
  • Sound knowledge of the Municipal Act, Planning Act and Regulations, Development Charges Act, Provincial policies, plans and guidelines, Regional Official Plan, Community Improvement Plans, and budgeting practices.
  • Knowledge of Regional and Municipal grants, incentives and development charges in relation to the new development program.

Lead and manage the implementation model of Niagara Region’s Consolidated Housing Master Plan (40% of time). 
  • Develop and manage an implementation model of Niagara Region’s Consolidated Housing Master Plan.
  • Manage Master planning process for the redevelopment of lands, including considerations of needs assessment, economic development, surrounding uses, and proximity to infrastructure.
  • Manage contracts with consultants for technical work on lands.
  • Effectively manage the advancement of sites for redevelopment or disposition for the purposes of affordable housing.
  • Lead the development of business plans for the development of sites or for the management of the land portfolio, including proformas.
  • Leads cross-divisional project teams relating to site readiness including technical studies, public consultation, planning, and design processes.
  • Maintain the zoning and official plan amendments for Regional owned lands.
  • Prepare conceptual design development processes for properties in the portfolio.
  • Facilitate the site readiness process for each site considered in the plan.
  • Report on new development and housing projects to Council.
  • Develop different financing models to support the Consolidated Housing Master Plan.
  • Develop processes and tools to increase efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of Consolidated Housing Master Plan.
  • Consult with management and participate with Planning and Technical committees, land use planners and development specialists to formulate strategic plans, directions and discuss the implementation of the Consolidated Housing Master Plan.
  • Plans, leads and facilitates meetings for the Master Plan committee.
Identify and pursue opportunities for affordable housing (30% of time).
  • Identify and pursue opportunities from senior levels of government for affordable housing funding.
  • Assemble funding and development incentives for properties in the portfolio.
  • Manage relationships with the development and construction sectors to advance land in the portfolio towards disposition and/or Request for Proposals process.
  • Prepare budget proforma for projects; make recommendations to senior management and committees on properties to develop and/or purchase.
  • Keep abreast of pertinent legislation and regulations related to housing.
  • Identify trends and technological developments in the housing industry and assess their impact on affordable housing.
  • Participate in financial studies to determine availability of resources for funding current or new programs.
  • Prepare and/or assist in the preparation and/or delivery of reports, various types of correspondence, presentations to Council, Standing and Advisory Committees, Stakeholder & Working Groups, other agencies, and the general public related to the development of new affordable housing.
Provide leadership and support to community partners (30% of time). 
  • Provide guidance and support to the New Development Project Managers.
  • Establish partnerships with private sector, not-for-profits, and area Municipalities to advance affordable housing development.
  • Manage community consultation and public engagement processes relating to site densities, zoning, and official plan amendments.
  • Manage inquiries from external organizations, co-ops, providers, agencies, the public, or Regional Council.
  • Manage negotiations and MOUs/agreements with area municipalities relating to joint development projects or lands contributed by area municipalities.
  • Provide functional guidance to staff and contractors, providing work direction, assigning tasks/projects, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, and ensuring results are achieved.
  • Build and maintain a network of relationships with regional divisions, departments and local municipal staff.
  • Identify, manage and address inquiries, issues and conflicts raised by stakeholders, including responses to stakeholders.
  • Conduct public information sessions throughout the Region.
  • Represent the team on external committees and task forces.

Special Requirements 
  • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.
  • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons. 

To view the full job description and requirements, visit our Careers page - Job Opening # 32928

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges…..today!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application no later than July 5, 2022 before midnight by visiting our ‘Careers’ page at https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/hr/careers/default.aspx. We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you require an accommodation for the application process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the alternate formats for contacting us are as follows:
  • Email: myhr@niagararegion.ca
  • Phone: 905-980-6000 ext. 3252 or 1-800-263-7215
  • Bell Relay: 1-800-855-0511
  • In-person: Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, ON L2V 4T7 – Human Resources Department