Director, Design and Engineering

Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (“TCHC”) is Canada’s largest social housing provider. We provide homes to 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes, in some 350 developments across the city. Our residents include seniors, families, singles, refugees, recent immigrants to Canada and people with special needs. Our resident population reflects a broad diversity in terms of age, education, language, sexual orientation, mental and physical disability, religion, ethnicity and race, as well as increasing diversity in lifestyles and values. Our 1,600 employees work to achieve our vision of better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.

Permanent Opportunity

Director, Design and Engineering

Salary:$107, 596.37 - $131,245.30
Location:35 Carl Hall Road, Unit #3/ 729 Petrolia Rd.
Division:Facilities Management
Class:Management Grade 10
Hours:36.25 hours per week
Positions Available:1


This position provides leadership and direction to the Design and Engineering Unit. Reporting to the Vice President of Facilities Management the incumbent is responsible for design and engineering services to support TCHC's capital construction and maintenance programs. These programs are designed to provide asset preservation for the full life cycle of TCHC's building assets. In addition to leading the delivery of design services, your role will also be to provide strategic leadership in the development of effective building standards ranging from individual building components and systems through to design standards for retrofitting and upgrading whole communities to improve the quality of life for TCHC residents. You will engage with residents as required through the Resident Services Division. Your commitment is to support the strategic priorities outlined in the TCHC strategic plan and to demonstrate the leadership and strategic management, organizational, technical, communication, team and relationship building skills inherent in this position.


Under the direction of the Vice President of Facilities Management:


  • Manage a design and engineering team in providing wide ranging design services for construction/maintenance work in buildings and building systems retrofit, renovations, refurbishment and new construction projects ranging individually from $10K to multi million dollar projects.
  • Develop design standards and processes to ensure that designs produced are comprehensive, achievable, co-coordinated, tailored, innovative and cost effective for residents resulting in solutions that improve the quality of housing for TCHC.
  • Provide expertise and services on design initiatives, lead design approach on projects and implement best practices.
  • Develop, organize and establish design tools and benchmarks. 
  • Progressively refine processes to enhance the professional growth of the design team and ensure that its assignments are performed in compliance with legal and jurisdictional regulations and requirements.
  • Provide guidelines to staff in project estimating, budgeting and scheduling. 
  • Direct staff in the development and delivery of resident communication tools such as managing project information, reporting, and resolving resident issues.
  • Develop improvements to systems and processes to ensure smooth process flow between Facilities Management Units, Asset Management and Resident Services Divisions.
  • Track and prepare reports to the VP of Facilities Management on the Unit's financial operations including cost analyses, data forecasting and work load management.
  • Ensure compliance with TCHC policies and procedures, Occupational Health & Safety legislation, Ontario Human Rights Code, collective agreements, City of Toronto By-laws and other relevant legislation, statutes and codes.
  • Promote human rights principles and an anti-oppression framework and advances TCHC's equity policies including anti-ableism and anti-racism.
  • Manage a diverse, multi-disciplinary team and provides coaching, mentoring and support in achievement of corporate and professional objectives.
  • Demonstrate leadership that promotes excellence in others and builds and nurtures an environment that supports staff to achieve business results, provide superb service and lead healthy lifestyles.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • Accredited Professional Engineer or Architect with a university degree, or equivalent qualifications, with a minimum of 7 years progressive experience in the fields of engineering or architecture.
  • Innovative in design and engineering methodologies, specification development, research and development and product piloting, documentation in the delivery of design and construction projects.
  • Knowledge in general contracting in a management capacity, with broad knowledge in the civil, architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural disciplines.
  • Experience with strategic planning, implementation, and asset preservation.
  • Experience and knowledge in the areas of real estate, housing development, property management and energy management.
  • Experience in preparing and managing large budgets and financial analysis.
  • Experience in policy, procedure and guideline development and implementation.
  • Proven experience in strategy development, change management, initiating and managing multiple projects and coordinating teams of a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in managing staff and the ability to lead, motivate and develop staff and teams.
  • Experience working in a social housing environment which promotes and encourages equity, diversity, tenant participation, community development, quality housing, quality service and quality communities an asset.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to acquire knowledge of Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health & Safety Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, City of Toronto By-laws, collective agreements and other relevant legislation, statutes and codes.
  • Ability to be flexible and apply creative solutions/lateral thinking to emerging situations and changing priorities.
  • Strong conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create strategic relationships and partnerships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to prepare and present comprehensive business and technical reports, proposals and project implementation plans.

Please note: applications sent by email must only be sent to All emails for consideration must include the job title and job number in the subject line.

Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from women and men, people from racialized communities, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities and aboriginal persons.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation in the application process, or those needing job postings in an alternative format, may e-mail a request to

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applications must be received by May 14, 2014 at:

Human Resources Division
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
931 Yonge Street 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4W 2H2
Fax: (416) 981-4260

Posting Date: April 30, 2014

How to apply

Interested candidates must apply using one of the following methods before the posting close date:

  1. Email your application. This method of application is highly preferred. Applications sent by email, MUST ONLY be sent to, and MUST INCLUDE the job title and job competition file # in the subject line.
  2. Mail or fax your application. Mailed or faxed resumes and cover letters must be received by the closing date and should be sent to:
    Human Resources Division
    Toronto Community Housing
    931 Yonge St. 4th Floor
    Toronto, Ontario M4W 2H2
    Fax: 416-981-4260

You must quote the job competition file # on your resume or cover letter if sending your application through fax.

Application notes:

  • Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applications/resumes that their qualifications match those specified in the job posting. Only information submitted prior to the posting close date will be acceptable.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that their application is submitted based on the instructions provided above in the "How To Apply" section of this posting.
  • We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free workplace that reflects the communities we serve.

We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities at all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and Toronto Community Housing's Accessibility Policy.

If you are a person with a disability and need the job posting in an alternative format or any other accessible accommodations during the hiring process, please email your request to our Human Resources department at