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Habitat Greater Ottawa is currently seeking qualified applicants for:

Director of Construction

Fundraising and Communications Officer

Director of Construction

This position offers an opportunity to develop professionally and contribute meaningfully to an organization with a recognizable, trusted brand and solid reputation. The Director of Construction works closely with Leadership Team to successfully complete development projects, which currently includes 8 – 10 townhome and stacked townhomes per year. As part of a growing, supportive and collaborative team, the Director of Construction will believe in Habitat Greater Ottawa’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. 

Primary Functions:

The Director of Construction is responsible for leading, setting goals and monitoring all aspects of the land acquisition and construction process for Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa (the affiliate)The Director will be solely responsible for land acquisition, project planning and approvals, construction schedules and budgets, and turn key documentation (as required by clients, agencies and warranty providers).

The Director will coordinate with the Senior Site Supervisor on matters relating to project planning and approvals, as well as construction schedules and budgets. The Director will delegate to the Senior Site Supervisor the delivery of all on-site construction activities with staff, contractors, consultants, and build volunteers, including but not limited to the daily details and work breakdown structure relating to new residential build projects. As directed by the CEO, the Director will support relationship building with partners and vendors, and the acquisition and scheduling of Gift-in Kind materials 

Reports to: CEO 

Supervises: Site Supervisors (one per build site, currently one) 


Land Acquisition 

  • In consultation with the Land Committee, examine the affiliates geographical service area for appropriate and viable target neighborhoods/outlying communities in which the affiliate could build/renovate 
  • Establish and maintain criteria for the evaluation of properties of Habitat and rehabilitation projects 
  • Constantly monitor the housing market, including available federal land, and be aware of properties that would satisfy the evaluation criteria 
  • Ensure there is a sufficient bank of usable land for future builds 
  • Seek the advice of experts, as necessary, to carry out evaluations and studies 
  • In conjunction with the CEO, lobby municipal, regional, and provincial governments to donate land to Habitat, suitable for building or rehabilitation projects 
  • Establish and maintain contacts with organizations and individuals with knowledge of residential land 
  • Ensure the maintenance of all acquired sites until construction or renovation begins (ie. lawn care, garbage removal, etc.) 
  • In consultation with the CEO and the Land Committee, coordinate all real estate transactional matters relating to the acquisition of property by the affiliate  

Project Planning and Management 

  • Ensure construction is completed in accordance with applicable municipal building codes, by-laws, municipal, provincial and federal statutory requirements, and Habitat GO’s home building standards 
  • During the non-build season, prepare build manuals and guidelines; create a detailed work back schedule for upcoming builds; secure professional trades, material acquisition and gifts-in-kind 
  • Secure material and service quotes and solicit discounts and gift-in-kind; ensure material and services provided by local and national suppliers are ordered and available on-site in accordance with the construction schedule 
  • Ensure all registration renewals, enrollments, and all deficiencies are resolved prior to the Tarion required target dates. 
  • Retain, manage and coordinate the team of professional consultants during project planning, development and design stages to ensure compliance with the affiliate’s interests and vision 
  • Work with Director of Operations and Communications to identify operational priorities as related to Volunteer Management, Family Services and community partnership development 
  • Work with the Family Services Manager to ensure that future homeowners complete all program requirements re: construction of their homes and post-occupancy deficiencies 

Construction Coordination and Supervision 

  • Develop and oversee the affiliate’s build schedule including pre-build, build, post-build and warranty
  • Create budget estimates, monitor construction progress against the established schedules and budgets and prepare reports and recovery mitigation plans 
  • Provide construction oversight and ensure construction stays on schedule through management of the Site Supervisor(s) 
  • Ensure inspections are conducted pursuant to applicable municipal, provincial and federal requirements 
  • Ensure the construction schedule and deadlines are met in a timely manner throughout the construction process 
  • Take appropriate action to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies on the construction site and communicate recovery plans to the CEO 

Volunteer and Safety Management 

  • In coordination with the Site Supervisor(s) be responsible for the supervision, training (in-house where possible), and coordination of all on-site volunteers 
  • In coordination with the Site Supervisor(s) determine which build tasks are not suitable for volunteers and secure the services of the appropriate professionals or individuals to perform these tasks 
  • In coordination with the Community Engagement Coordinator, organize safety training and other skillbased training for volunteers and deliver daily safety training on the build site 
  • In coordination with the Site Supervisor, help recruit, train and provide leadership for Crew Leaders 

Employee Management 

  • On a daily basis supervise, coordinate and provide direction to the Site Supervisor(s) 
  • Support employees in the efforts to upgrade existing skills and ensure OH&S training requirements are kept up to date 


  • Minimum 7 years of experience in the construction of singlefamily homes, townhomes, stacked town homes and/or condominium construction 
  • Experience managing and training construction site staff, volunteer and skilled trades 
  • Experience working with City of Ottawa planning, by-law, zoning and permit processes 
  • Knowledge of the Building Code and construction standards, developments and best-practices 
  • Knowledge of the Tarion Warranty Program and the Ontario New Home Warranties Act 
  • Ability to manage multiple build site locations, construction build scheduling and material procurement needs 
  • Ability to establish excellent working relationships with staff and volunteers as well as with construction suppliers to procure gift-in-kind material donations 
  • Must maintain up-to-date training and certifications related to regulation Health & Safety requirements 
  • High attention to detail and excellent multi-tasking and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits program. Please send a cover letter and resume to by Wednesday January 20, 2021

Fundraising and Communications Officer

This position offers an opportunity to develop professionally and contribute meaningfully to an organization with a recognizable, trusted brand and solid reputation. The Fundraising and Communications Officer works closely with all departments to provide fund development, event planning, communications and marketing support. As part of a growing, supportive and collaborative team, the Fundraising and Communications Officer will believe in Habitat Greater Ottawa’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to call home.

Reports to: Director of Development


Fund Development Support

Work with Director of Development to:

  • maintain prospect list and perform prospect research
  • track donor and sponsor recognition
  • support donor outreach and stewardship activities
  • update sponsorship packages and related document

Event Planning

Work with Director of Development to plan and execute the annual Steel Toes & Stilettos Gala

  • Manage Gala event logistics, including:
    • overseeing procurement of silent and live auction with support from staff, Gala interns and office volunteers
    • working with Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC) to acquire volunteers leading up to and during event
    • managing the auction website
    • coordinating the pick-up of auction items between staff and volunteers
    • coordinating promotion of Gala on affiliate social media platforms, Habitat Greater Ottawa website and media outlets with support from the Director of Operations and Communications
  • Assist with Theme Build initiatives, administration and logistics
  • Assist with third-party event communications and marketing needs and logistics as needed, as well as support of the Artez fundraising/registration system
  • Coordinate internal events with support from the CEC and Office Administrator such as Groundbreaking, Key Ceremonies and Donor and Volunteer Appreciation, including:
    • coordinating logistics
    • developing agenda/minute-by-minute
    • coordinating guest speakers
    • assisting with refreshments and décor
    • developing graphic design materials such as invitations and signage

Direct Mail

  • Support the Director of Development to plan strategy of direct mail campaign
  • Support Director of Operations & Communications in the content and design of the direct mail campaign and develop and execute digital version of campaign
  • Work with Office Administrator to pull donor lists for mailing
  • Coordinate the design, printing and mailing of campaign

Communications Support

Work with Director of Operations & Communications to:

  • coordinate messaging and timing of communications across all media platforms
  • maintain up-to-date contact list of key media partners
  • compile media kits with relevant information
  • support writing and distribution of press releases, partnership announcements, website copy, matte stories, op-eds and other corporate communications materials as required
  • lead the writing, design and production timeline for internal publications, including for monthly HabiChat e-newsletters; annual report; fact sheets; signage and event promotions
  • support community engagement and homeownership communications strategies along with the CEC and Family Services Manager (FSM)
  • monitor media on a regular basis
  • ensure consistent branding across all internal and external marketing and collateral
  • work with FSM to coordinate written profiles and short video messaging of new Habitat families
  • support any potential crisis communications issues, and manage key messages
  • liaise with external suppliers, vendors and freelancers as needed
  • regularly update distribution lists on MailChimp/email database


  • Regularly update website content, photos and graphics through web hosting software, WordPress
  • Troubleshoot website issues in consultation with external vendors

Social Media

  • Maintain dynamic day-to-day presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts as added, using clear, consistent voice and brand
  • Design all internal digital and print materials such as social media images, web banners, postcards, brochures, etc.
  • Monitor and analyze impact of digital communications through Google Analytics, and analysis of followership on social media feeds
  • Seek opportunities to increase social media following and stay abreast of digital communications trends and best practices
  • Create and/or curate a range of well-written impact stories and/or videos that highlight Habitat partner families and the impact on the community to be shared on digital social media platforms and website

Other Duties as Assigned.


  • Degree or diploma in Fundraising, Marketing, Communications or related programs
  • 2-3 years experience in Fundraising and Event Planning
  • 2-3 years experience in Communications and Marketing
  • Knowledge of web design and maintenance, particularly WordPress
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator and/or other similar graphic design software. Knowledge in Adobe Premiere Pro an asset.
  • Knowledge of fundraising databases and event management software an asset
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of social media practices and protocols
  • Good organization abilities
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of media print, TV and radio production an asset

This full-time position has a starting salary of $50,000 – $55,000 per year dependent on experience and offers a comprehensive benefits program.

Please send a cover letter and resume to by Monday, February 1, 2021.