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Supportive Housing Advisor
Agency / Organization
BC Housing
Burnaby, BC
British Columbia
Job ID: 3289


The Supportive Housing Advisor is responsible for administrating the funding and monitoring the performance of Non-Profit Societies that are operating highly complex and diverse housing and support service portfolios. The Non-Profit Societies deliver a broad range of supported housing options including outreach, shelters, congregate and scattered housing. These responsibilities are delivered in an environment that involves multiple stakeholders including a range of private and non-profit advocacy groups as well as municipal, provincial, private sector and federal agencies with a range of agendas and special interests.

The Supportive Housing Advisor builds and facilitates strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders and provides vision, advice and leadership as a partner and advisor in achieving the Non-Profit provider’s mandate and BC Housing’s objectives. The societies’ range of housing options and support service are varied and complex, involving multiple funders and serve a very challenging population.

The Supportive Housing Advisor is responsible for the approval and monitoring of significant operating budgets that may include multiple funding sources including health authorities, other provincial organizations, private sector philanthropy and the federal government. The Advisor is required to balance the requirement for appropriate financial oversight and risk mitigation with the need to ensure appropriate outcomes are achieved. The Advisor provides property management, financial and program expertise through a collaborative approach that recognizes and adapts to the expertise and capacity of a range of service providers.

The successful candidate will have the following:


-Undergraduate degree in Public Administration, Business Administration or other relevant discipline, including university level courses in non-profit society management and/or social service delivery. MBA preferred. Courses in mediation and conflict resolution an asset.
-Considerable experience at a senior level in non-profit society management and/or in the delivery of social services and community-based programs, preferably supporting populations who are homeless and/or live with mental health and addiction issues. Considerable experience in developing partner/stakeholder relationships and providing advice and consultation to not-for-profit Boards and Executive regarding business and program management. Considerable experience in the negotiation and management of contracts for service. Supervisory experience in a unionized environment preferred.


-Extensive knowledge and understanding of the philosophies, principles, practices and standards associated with the delivery of government social and regulatory programs by non-profit societies and contracted community service providers
-Extensive knowledge of current social issues facing tenant populations in the DTES, including homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction, domestic violence, child protection and ageing
-Considerable knowledge and understanding of BC Housing’s mandate, programs and policies in delivering social housing and social services to the vulnerable
-Extensive and broad cross-functional knowledge and understanding of non-profit society governance, operation, budgeting, maintenance, administration, procurement, contracting and staffing
-Sound working knowledge of the Residential Tenancy Act, Societies Act, the Co–op Housing Act and the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.
-Sound working knowledge of a broad range of Program Agreements, including Homes BC, ILBC, CPI, MOU’s, 82 (1) b and Section 538 and Section 508.
-Sound understanding of how Program Agreements, and project-specific Operating Agreements, affect the financial review and budget approval process
-Considerable knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with housing vulnerable tenants and ability to work closely with service providers in mitigating risk
-Thorough knowledge of building structures and systems and an ability to recognize deficiencies
-Expertise and knowledge of budgeting and contracting practices, and ability to assess audited financial statements
-Ability to strategize, plan, coordinate, integrate and manage a complex portfolio of non-profit societies in providing the highest quality of stable, safe and affordable housing and housing related services.
-Ability to provide strategic organizational and general management expertise, and educate boards and executive in the successful operation of housing societies
-Ability to act as relationship manager and primary point of contact for Societies, including interacting with Society Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and Chief Financial Officers and accounting staff;
-Ability to analyze complex, challenging and sensitive issues, balance diverse interests and facilitate the implementation of solutions
-Ability to build successful and constructive relationships and partnerships, both externally and internally, and work together to mutually attain the objective of providing stable, safe and affordable housing and housing related services.
-Effective consultative, facilitation, consensus building, negotiation, mediation, influencing and conflict resolution skills
-Effective verbal and written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
-Effective leadership, conceptual, analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
-Good understanding of computer systems and excellent computer skills.
-Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle.
-Please Note: Successful applicant(s) are subject to a satisfactory criminal record search and are required to maintain Security Clearance throughout their employment.
-Due to the nature of this role, a valid class 5 driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required.
-Due to the nature of this role, access to a reliable vehicle will be required

How to Apply:

Please review the attached job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications and competencies. To be considered for this competition, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume clearly identifying how they meet the qualifications necessary for this position. This information will be used as part of the selection process.

Your cover letter and resume should be submitted as one document in your profile when applying for this position. Please add your cover letter to your resume and submit both documents as your resume.

Only applications submitted using the Online Recruitment System at will be accepted
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