Executive Director - Canadian Housing & Renewal Association

Status: Filled

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

CHRA has over 300 members who collectively house and shelter hundreds of thousands of Canadians and provide housing support to millions more. To support their members in their own activities and decision-making, they provide education and training opportunities through webinars, the CHRA Annual Congress and other activities. CHRA also hosts and supports an Indigenous housing caucus.

All of their work focuses on four pillars: keeping homes affordable, ending homelessness, renewing our communities and supporting a sustainable housing profession.   Everyone deserves a home.


Leading a dynamic team of professionals, the Executive Director will bring their passion and enthusiasm to end homelessness. This is an exciting opportunity to provide senior leadership and have a significant voice in a people-focused organization.

The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for the operational management of CHRA. Reporting to the Board of Directors (Board), the ED is responsible for ensuring that CHRA fulfills its mission by achieving the goals approved by the Board in the Strategic Plan.


The ED is an exceptional leader with a strategic mindset who is able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the organization. The successful candidate is a community leader and collaborative team-player with the following core competencies:


  • The ED must hold a post-secondary degree in management, social sciences or a housing related discipline.
  • Proven leadership ability and management skills with ten or more years of relevant professional experience in a senior leadership role.
  • The ED must have senior leadership experience managing an organization with multiple stakeholders and professionals.
  • Extensive knowledge of the community housing sector.
  • Experience advocating to the federal government.
  • Bilingual fluency with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience reporting to a volunteer Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities

The Executive Director has direct responsibility for implementing the strategic plan, budgeting and financial management, human resources, stakeholder relationship management, fundraising, operational planning and oversight to ensure that the organizational goals are achieved within budget. 

The principal strategies include:

Executive Leadership

  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement the Strategic Plan.
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the mission of CHRA and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors in areas of policy and governance.
  • Develop and implement approved short and long term strategic and operating policies, plans and procedures consistent with the vision, goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors.  Ensure that all organizational functions are in compliance with applicable legislation. 

Membership and Stakeholder Management

  • Build and sustain CHRA’s membership.
  • Promote CHRA’s value proposition across the country.
  • Provide support for the Indigenous Housing Caucus with a focus on the “For Indigenous, by Indigenous” philosophy.  Promote awareness of the Statement of Reconciliation and Cultural Principals and Calls to Action.  Follow the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples framework.

Human Resources and Administration

  • Implement and manage policies, procedures including recruitment, orientation, retention, performance management and compensation.
  • In collaboration with direct reports, propose the annual budget and operational plan for Board approval.
  • Manage all HR and administrative documentation.

Government Relations and Advocacy

  • Advocate for federal policy, funding and programs that impact housing affordability.
  • Maintain relationships with the leadership of key government departments and agencies.

Operational Management

  • Oversee the Annual CHRA Congress.
  • Oversee the Housing Professionals Mentorship Program.

We understand and appreciate our clients’ ever-increasing desire for candidates to reflect the communities in which they work and live. The Vogel Group is committed to inclusivity and diversity as we search for outstanding leadership talent for our clients.

We encourage candidates of all ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, physical challenges, sexual orientations, and identifications to feel confident in exploring and declaring candidacy for any of our search assignments.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Tracy Hussey                               




If you are an equity seeking person, please consider applying even if you don’t have all of the qualifications. 

The Vogel Group is an executive search firm with offices in Alberta and Ontario conducting national searches for a wide range of clients. We work with like-minded organizations that value a partnership based on integrity, authenticity and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

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