Director, Corporate Real Estate Office
City of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada
6h ago

Job Summary

The mandate of the Corporate Real Estate Office (CREO) is to provide innovative property solutions and expert real estate leadership to the City of Ottawa, including a corporate and consistent approach to ensuring space in all facilities is being used efficiently, and implementing the Corporate Accommodations Strategy.

CREO serves as the City's corporate landlord, real estate manager, project manager and developer for approximately 3,781 properties, 52,000 acres of land, and 1,040 buildings with over 12.

8 million square feet and a $2.1 billion replacement value.

The Director is accountable for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction to the Service, and planning, organizing, directing, controlling, evaluating and improving the development and delivery of its priorities, services, programs and operations.

More specifically, the Director is accountable for :

  • serving as an Officer of the City of Ottawa's real estate development non-profit corporations (currently the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation (OCLDC), and the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation (MMQCDC)) as appointed by the City Manager
  • leading and recommending the strategic direction for the City of Ottawa with respect to its real estate assets
  • initiating key development initiatives set out in Council's Strategic Plan, which may include : public / private partnership projects (P3);
  • other alternative forms of delivery projects that partner with the private sector for the achievement of best value from real estate assets (AFD);
  • development or redevelopment initiatives whether through special purpose vehicles or through a self managed delivery process

  • setting long range strategic real estate asset rationalization and management plans towards fiscal sustainability
  • leading strategies and implementation in real property acquisition, disposal, divestiture, exchange, leasing, easement, license and appraisal programs
  • optimizing current core real estate assets through prudent capital investment planning whether through one-time value creation initiatives or through long term income generation programs
  • providing strategic portfolio planning and expert real estate advice and counsel to client departments to ensure that their real estate needs are met in the most efficient and effective manner, whether through space utilization and compatibility analysis, re-
  • development, retrofit or replacement recommendations

  • providing support to client departments to develop future facility opportunities and innovations that meet their functional requirements
  • providing strong fiscal governance of real property initiatives ensuring best value to the corporation and the community
  • CREO's services and programs include :

  • Acquisition of all real property (land and facilities) to support City-mandated services and activities
  • Disposal of real property deemed surplus to the City's core requirements, as well as the disposal of road allowances, road widenings, subdivision blocks identified for future roads, lands required for roads from city-
  • owned property and City contribution to road acquisition and construction

  • Environmental assessment, remediation and management of all City-owned contaminated sites
  • Leasing, land management and property tax assessment review of City-owned properties
  • Real property appraisals and valuations
  • Strategic realty initiatives, community land development, Public-Private Partnerships and Special Projects
  • Corporate portfolio planning
  • Corporate accommodations that plans, manages and recommends improvements to the delivery of space and accommodation planning services and operations to the corporation, and participates on cross-
  • departmental teams involved in the design, construction, rehabilitation and / or retrofitting of City buildings

    The Director is also accountable for managing the Service's human and financial resources, including contracted services.

    Education & Experience

    4-year university degree in Commerce, Applied Science, Architecture, Engineering, Economics, Urban Planning, Business Administration, Public Administration or other related field.

    Minimum of 10 years of related experience in the real estate asset management and / or development sector, including a minimum of 5 years managing human resources, external contract resources, operating and capital budgets in a complex public organization or private sector corporation.

    Language, Certificates & Licenses

    Day 1 Ready immediate requirement for language proficiency :

    French oral, reading, writing required.

    English oral, reading, writing required.

    Candidates must meet language requirement for position upon hire.


  • Principles, practices, procedures, techniques, laws and regulations pertaining to the Service's functions, programs, services and operations
  • Financial risks and constraints in the public and private sector as they relate to real estate asset management, transactions and development
  • Industry trends, developments and best practices
  • The City of Ottawa, its operations and corporate governance structure
  • Relevant City codes, policies and procedures
  • Public private partnerships and other alternate service delivery models
  • Principles and methods of economic, financial, social and political risk analysis
  • Principles and practices of public policy and business administration
  • The City of Ottawa's current social, political, business and economic climates
  • Project management principles and practices
  • Human resource management practices in a unionized work environment
  • Must be familiar with applicable health and safety legislation, have knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the work place, and have knowledge of appropriate actions to be taken in order to ensure the health and safety of staff in accordance with applicable legislation and City policies and procedures
  • Competencies & Skills

    Leadership Competencies that describe the skills and behaviours expected to be demonstrated by managers and supervisors at the City of Ottawa are available on Ozone.

    The seven Leadership Competencies are :

  • Strategic Leadership - Sets / implements the strategic direction, understands internal and external trends, the political sensitivities of the organization and applies this knowledge to support the long-
  • term vision and success of the City

  • Demonstrates Business Sense - Understands the impact of decisions on the business and the ability to strive to improve business performance;
  • requires an awareness of business issues, processes and outcomes as they impact the community, the City's reputation and strategic direction

  • Builds Collaborative Relationships - Proactively communicates, builds and utilizes professional relationships and partnerships with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Fosters Innovation and Change - Develops an environment that embraces innovation and efficiently integrates change into the organization
  • Engages Employees - Leads, coaches and develops an engaged, diverse workforce of individuals and teams, where work is a safe, respectful place and successes are recognized and celebrated
  • Delivers Results - Creates effective plans and performance measures, holds themselves and others accountable for measurable, high quality, timely and cost-effective results
  • Client-centric Focus - Serves the client interest through focusing individual, team and organization effort on identifying and meeting key and diverse client needs (the term "client" includes both internal and external clients)
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