Job Posting 69663

Supportive Housing Advisor
BC Housing
Thompson & Okanagan, Kootenay
Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Kamloops or Kootenays
closes in 9 days (Mon, 26 Apr)
full time  •  To be discussed

Location:  Interior Region (Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Kamloops or Kootenays)

Supportive Housing Advisor - Interior Region

BC Housing is a provincial Crown Corporation that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options for those most in need to address critical gaps across the housing continuum ranging from emergency shelter through to rent assistance in the private market and affordable home ownership.  Our mission is making a difference in people’s lives and communities through safe, affordable, and quality housing.

The Supportive Housing Advisor administers funding and reviews the effectiveness of Non-Profit Societies responsible for the delivery of housing and support programs. They approve significant operating budgets that often includes multiple funding sources including health authorities, other provincial organizations, private sector philanthropy and the federal government and make recommendations regarding program implementation and provides a high degree of financial oversight and risk mitigation.

The role provides housing program expertise through a collaborative approach that recognizes and adapts to the expertise and capacity of a range of service providers. The position 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. Responsibilities are performed in an environment that involves multiple stakeholders including a range of private and nonprofit advocacy groups as well as municipal, provincial, private sector and federal agencies with a range of agendas and special interests.


CANDIDATE PROFILE:  The successful candidate requires the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Bachelor of Arts or Indigenous Studies or other relevant discipline, including university level courses in non-profit society management and/or social service delivery.
  • Minimum six years’ 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, developing partner/stakeholder relationships and providing advice and consultation to not-for-profit Boards and Executive regarding business and program management, and negotiation and management of contracts for service.
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized environment preferred.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience acceptable to the employer.


Senior Level Consultation with Non-Profits

  • Significant 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.
  • Significant knowledge of current social issues facing tenant populations, including homelessness, mental illness, 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.
  • 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 provide strategic organizational and general management expertise and educate boards and executives in the successful operation of housing societies.
  • Significant 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.
  • Ability to understand, analyse, and apply a broad range of Program Agreements and project-specific Operating Agreements.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of the risks associated with housing vulnerable tenants and ability to work closely with service providers in mitigating risk.
  • 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.


Providing Leadership and Oversight

  • Thorough knowledge of building structures and systems and ability to recognize deficiencies.
  • Significant knowledge of budgeting and contracting practices, and ability to assess audited financial statements.
  • Ability to analyse complex, challenging, and sensitive issues, balancing diverse interests and facilitating the implementation of solutions.


Key Relationship Management

  • 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.
  • 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.


Additional Requirements

  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Proficient with computer applications and databases.


Why Join the BC Housing Team?

BC Housing offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefits package. But a job is more than a pay cheque. We also offer our staff the opportunity to work together to make a difference. When employees go home at the end of the day, they experience the satisfaction of knowing they’ve helped provide safe, affordable housing for British Columbians.  And while they’re here, employees can take advantage of many opportunities:

  • In-house training, and training at other institutions, for courses related to employees’ current positions or to prepare them for advancement within BC Housing.
  • Wellness programs including physical fitness, programs to help employees quit smoking, free flu shots, mental health resources, and lunch-and-learn lectures and seminars.
  • Recognition programs including long-term service awards, idea recognition and outstanding performance awards.
  • Livegreen incentives include an employee transit pass program, and other initiatives that encourage alternative, sustainable transportation (even a bike purchase program!).
  • An active Social Club that organizes special events like seasonal parties and arranges group discounts to other events.
  • Participation in community and charitable events.


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.

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

The benefits of joining a Top Employer! 

We didn't become one of BC's Top Employers and one of Canada's Greenest Employers without a lot of thought, care and consideration for our team and environment. Upon joining BC Housing, you'll be warmly welcomed into our supportive and collaborative workplace that balances engaging and challenging work with personal downtime and wellness initiatives.

All of our employees are rewarded with a competitive remuneration package and a host of great benefits, including:  

  • Paid BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) and Extended Health and Dental
  • Short-term illness and injury plus long-term disability benefits
  • Group life insurance and AD&D
  • Public Service Pension plan 
  • Employee and Family Assistance program
  • Professional training, development and career progression opportunities 
  • Generous maternity and parental leave top-up payments
  • Three weeks' annual vacation plus a modified work week option and additional paid personal days 

We're also a social and inclusive team that values open communication and transparency. We ensure that all of our team members have a voice and that their opinions are heard and actioned. We genuinely appreciate the outstanding effort that our people go to each and every day, and we also have Reward and Recognition programs that reward great effort, long service, environmental awareness, good ideas, and positive change. 

If you are passionate about what you do and want to use your expertise to engage in meaningful and challenging work, please apply to join our team today! 

At BC Housing, we're committed to providing a healthy, safe and inclusive workplace where respect and diversity are recognized assets. We invite and welcome applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities and Disabled People, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and all people committed to meaningful work that makes a difference. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you require accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact .

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