Senior Director, Real Property Asset Management
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2d ago

Position Purpose

The University of Ottawa holds a prominent place nationally and internationally as one of Canada’s leading universities and the largest bilingual (English / French) university in the world.

It is also located in the heart of the nation’s capital, contributing significantly to the region’s economy, culture and quality of life.

There are more than 8000 uOttawa employees and over 43,000 students who are enrolled in programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels in ten faculties.

For uOttawa to remain competitive in the marketplace, the University recognizes the need to invest in high quality spaces that meet the expectations of students and research talent.

uOttawa’s facilities encompass three main sites that are comprised of over 600,000 sq. m. (over 6.4 million sq. ft.), 42.

5 hectares of grounds, 124 buildings, 11 residences and 4500 beds. Facilities covers the lifecycle of all campus facilities : from strategic campus development planning, space management, construction and commissioning of new facilities, operations and maintenance, engineering services as well as campus sustainability.

With openings in key leadership positions, this is a transformational opportunity within the Facilities team to drive a service-

oriented culture and long term capital planning in alignment with the University’s strategic plan.

The Senior Director, Real Property Asset Management (hereafter the Director ) has a broad and important mandate as he / she will act as the steward of the University’s 600,000 sq.

  • m. building portfolio including accountability for the ongoing measurement and management of the physical condition of the buildings;
  • developing a roadmap to reduce the University's $420M deferred maintenance deficit and ensuring sustainability through lifecycle costing and performance metrics.

    The Director plays a critical leadership role in optimizing the long-term value of the $1.9B university buildings and land portfolio while mitigating risk and ensuring business continuity.

    The successful candidate to assume this position will possess a minimum of 15 years’ experience in managing complex property portfolios, and experience leading and developing a multi-

    disciplinary team of professionals through conflicting demands, prioritization, and maintaining positive business relationships.

    The chosen candidate must be proficient in both English and French and holds a degree in engineering, architecture, management or an equivalent combination of education and varied experience in senior management positions.

    Knowledge and experience

  • Degree in engineering, architecture, management or an equivalent combination of education and varied experience in senior management positions
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, acquiring goods and services through recognized procurement practices
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, contract management in the construction, renovation and services fields
  • Critical competencies

  • Strong business acumen demonstrated through at least 15 years’ experience in managing complex property portfolios including research facilities
  • High degree of emotional intelligence
  • Independent, assertive and level-headed, able to follow through on ideas with determination and maintain a steady pace while facing pressure, change and conflicting priorities
  • Ability to lead, develop and manage a multi-disciplinary team of professionals
  • Bilingualism French and English (oral and written communications)
  • Key skills

  • Analytical skills with proven ability to synthesize and tell a story
  • Ability to manage and measure performance in a cost-conscious environment
  • Ability to develop of short-, medium- and long-term plans for complex and diversified real-estate portfolios
  • Key Competencies

    Key competencies required at the University of Ottawa :

    Planning : Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to achieve an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.

    Initiative : Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Be proactive and self-

    starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond expectations whenever possible.

    Service Excellence : Reflect a positive attitude, demonstrate competence and professionalism, treat members of the community with respect, exercise care, devote full attention and find solutions.

    Visit the section "Useful links" on the home page to read the detailed definition).

    Teamwork and Cooperation : Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal. Accept and give constructive feedback.

    Adjust own behaviour to reach team goals.


    All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

    The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

    If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.

    This position is excluded from all union accreditation units. All applications will be considered equally. Priority will be given to employees who have an entitlement as defined by their collective agreement or university policies.

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