Job Description

Non Union

Job Title: Manager Real Estate    
Job Opening Id: 27395 # Required: 1
Business Unit: Corporate Services Division: Procurement & Strategic Acquisitions
Location: Headquarters Campbell West Standard Hours: 35.00 / week
Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular
Salary Grade: 8 Salary Range: $ 93,910.00 – $110,480.00
Post Date: 2021-01-11 Close Date: 2021-01-31

Division: Procurement & Strategic Acqs

About Us

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries.  Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada’s most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada’s most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario’s most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.

Job Description

Job Summary

Salary Pending Review

Reporting to the Director Procurement and Strategic Acquisitions, the Manager, Real Estate is responsible for the management and coordination of all negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions of Real Property on behalf of the Region.


  • College diploma in Business, Administration, Geography, Planning or related field; an equivalent approved combination or education and experience may be considered.

  • Post-secondary degree in Public/Business Administration, Bachelor of Science or related field is preferred.


  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in public and/or private sectors combining Real Estate or real property management, or asset management.

  • Experience in a supervisory capacity in property and real estate/appraisal.

  • Accreditation under the International Right of Way Association and/or Appraisal Institute of Canada.

  • Advanced knowledge of property appraisal practices and principles, real estate acquisition, lease, license and disposal, expropriation.

  • Advanced knowledge of legal surveys & municipal official plans, land use, zoning, building codes, the Land Titles and Registry system, Landlord and Tenant Act, Expropriation Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Real Estate Law, Occupational Health and Safety regulations, real estate practices including law, legislation, appraisal, land use planning, economics and market research.

  • Proficiency in MS office.


Manages all negotiations, acquisitions and dispositions of Real Property on behalf of the Region. (30% of time)

  • Supervises the appraisal, negotiation and purchasing functions leading to the acquisition of property.

  • Directs and coordinates the expropriation of land and buildings required for Regional purposes, including the preparation of necessary reports, attendance at Hearings of Necessity, Boards of Negotiation and Ontario Municipal Board hearings; works in cooperation with Legal Services, outside appraisers and consultants; hires outside appraisers on behalf of the Region.

  • Plans for the mid to long-term property needs in relation to capital projects including accommodation, in coordination with other Regional departments.

  • Prepares and presents reports on property and associated administrative matters.

  • Coordinates and makes recommendations on the review of requests for encroachment on or leasing of portions of Regional road allowances.

  • Plans and coordinates Regional short-term and long-term needs for new or renovated office space, evaluating and making recommendations on submissions, providing input into design, overseeing the architectural layouts and construction, and negotiating the lease terms and conditions.

  • Investigates, reports, and makes recommendations with respect to surplus property of the Region, municipalities, Boards of Education, and other government agencies in accordance with procedures and policies.

  • Directs and coordinates the disposal of Region-owned surplus properties.

  • Manages the property inventory for all Regional properties and buildings, owned and leased including capital tangible assets recording.

  • Attends Committee and Council meetings as needed, providing reports and Corporate Real Estate information to address OMBI requirements.

Manages property acquisition and disposal contracts. (25% of time)

  • Prepares agreements of purchase and sale in coordination with Legal Services, providing ongoing support/direction to Legal Services to close transactions.

  • Prepares lease documentation in coordination with Legal Services and client departments.

  • Manages the due diligence environmental audit process prior to the acquisition and disposal of property.

Ensures effective processes, policies and practices are in place to manage all real estate transactions, contracts and property management services in accordance with regulatory and legislative guidelines and corporate policies. (15% of time)

  • Formulates, revises, and administers policies and procedures within the section as well as advise other divisions of additions to policies and procedures related to property and surveys management.

Manages people resource planning for the operating unit, determining ideal organizational structures, identifying desirable role and skill mix requirements and ensuring ongoing work quality and deliverability of results. (15% of time)

  • Enables results with the organization’s human capital strategy to foster employee engagement.

  • Directs and provides leadership for the activities and coaching of direct reports, providing work direction, setting priorities, assigning tasks/projects, determining methods and procedures to be used, resolving problems, ensuring results are achieved, and managing staff recruitment, performance, and skill development activities

  • Ensures alignment and coordination of activity and quality of output between teams under their direction

  • Ensures focus is service excellence, communication/transparency, innovation, and data integrity and work flow integration.

  • Ensures staff has the information and resources to make successful plans and decisions.

  • Ensures all people related issues, including recruitment, grievances and labour relations issues, are aligned to HR and Corporate standards and practices.

  • Helps to break down barriers to employee success, ensuring collaboration and cooperation with other teams within their division and department

  • Ensures Occupational Health & Safety policies, programs and practices are implemented, and maintained.  This includes workplace inspections, monitoring, accident reporting and investigations, and ensuring any observed hazards or lapses in the functioning of OH&S processes, and other OH&S concerns are responded to promptly.

  • Ensures all individuals under supervision have been informed of hazards and instructed on the necessary risk control and emergency response measures

Develops, manages, and administers annual and multi-year Capital and Operating budgets for the operating unit ensuring  support of Council’s objectives, financial transparency and accountability, monitoring budget adherence, identifying and explaining variances, and financial reporting is effectively managed in compliance with corporate financial policies.  Ensure goods and services are acquired in accordance with the procurement policy.  Authorize, and administer the acquisition of goods and services for the operating unit and direct reports in accordance with the procurement policy and procedures. (15% of time)

Special Requirements

  • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance
  • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
  • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values.

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow’s challenges TODAY!

Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application.

We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply through the Niagara Region Careers portal. 

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