The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (formerly the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse) addresses issues of substance use in Canada by providing national leadership and harnessing the power of evidence to generate coordinated action. We bring people and knowledge together to improve the health and safety of Canadians, families and communities.
CCSA welcomes applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates during all aspects of the selection process.
CCSA has the following exciting and rewarding career opportunities in Ottawa:
Position Title: Director, Information Systems, Web and Portal
Reports to: Vice-President, Operations and Strategies
Reporting to the Vice-President, Operations and Strategies, the Director, Information Systems, Web and Portal (ISWP), will be responsible for the management, and the divisional planning and strategy of the ISWP division. This position oversees all major web, information technology (IT) and information management initiatives, including developing and managing CCSA’s knowledge portal.
Manage ISWP and oversee major web and IT initiatives, including CCSA website redesigns as required
Lead, execute and manage the implementation of a knowledge portal that will provide access to current evidence and activities on priority topics
Contribute to organizational planning and strategy
Prepare annual divisional strategic work plans and budgets
Lead, develop and inspire others by managing and engaging a team with diverse expertise to innovate and achieve strategic objectives
Identify, monitor and respond to divisional performance and risk measures
Provide project management at the divisional level, including the management of budget, timelines and quality
Ensure that CCSA maintains an effective and engaging web presence that reflects the organizational values of excellence and innovation
Ensure that CCSA’s IT structure and capacity meet the needs of the organization and reflect best practice in the field
Ensure that CCSA’s information management structure and capacity meet the needs of the organization and reflect best practice in the field
Education and Experience
University degree in business administration, web development, information technology, information systems or related field
Minimum 5 years of management experience
Experience in leading the design, development and ongoing effective management of web portals
Ability to manage complex projects
Ability to work in a team and cross-divisional setting
Ability to work independently
Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentations
Ability to work with demanding timelines
Flexibility to respond to emerging priorities
Knowledge of website development
To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to firstname.lastname@example.org and state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.
Position Title: Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities (and Director, Partnership Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization)
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities (VP/Director) will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of strategies and initiatives necessary to advance priorities in the substance use and addiction field. The VP/Director is a senior member of CCSA’s Senior Leadership Team and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring and implementation of best practices related to stakeholder engagement and knowledge mobilization. This key position provides strategic advice to the CEO while also managing the Partnership Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization division.
To be successful in this position, you must be a highly motivated, creative and experienced senior executive with outstanding leadership skills. Broadly speaking, the expectations and responsibilities of the role are as follows:
Establish strategic partnerships to mobilize individual and collective efforts related to various initiatives
Institute a capacity to inform CCSA of emerging developments related to substance use occurring in various jurisdictions and their implications for action by CCSA
Lead a strategic partnerships and knowledge mobilization team whose work meets the expectations of our partners and internal professional staff, and reflects CCSA’s annual strategic directions
Consult and collaborate with key stakeholders to strengthen partner relations, strategic partnerships and networks.
Build a high-performance team and culture that is focused on creativity, ongoing learning and continuous improvement, and that reflects best and emerging practices.
Provide leadership and guidance to the Research division and the Policy division, each of which reports to the VP/Director and each of which is led by a director who sits on the Senior Leadership Team
As Director of Partnership Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization, ensure that the division successfully achieves the agreed upon deliverables and results on time and on budget.
Lead the implementation of initiatives to address the priorities of the substance use and addiction field and lead the engagement of key stakeholders to ensure the success of these initiatives
Build and sustain national multidisciplinary/cross-sectoral stakeholder networks and knowledge mobilization initiatives on key issues such as opioids, cannabis and alcohol
Stay abreast of new developments in theory and practices related to knowledge mobilization, stakeholder engagement and partnership development
Proactively identify and develop new engagement and outreach opportunities within and outside the substance use and addiction field to assist in developing and implementing key initiatives
Lead the planning and staging of CCSA’s biennial national conference Issues of Substance (450-500 attendees)
Provide regular progress reports and advice to the CCSA senior leadership on project activities and as part of the senior management team contribute to the overall strategic and business planning and activities of CCSA
Work collaboratively with other divisions of CCSA to ensure effective and coordinated planning and implementation of the priorities and deliverables stemming from the work
Operational responsibilities include, but are not limited to, management of the Partnership Engagement and Knowledge Mobilization divisional budget, performance management and human resources management, and ensuring that CCSA’s policies are applied
Act on behalf of the CEO at speaking engagements and by participating on external committees, as required.
Undertake national travel, as required
Education and Experience
Masters degree in business, policy or health administration, or equivalent senior experience in the health or substance use and addiction field
Minimum 10 years experience in healthcare leadership including 8 to 10 years progressive related experience, including leading the management of complex projects where effective partner and stakeholder relations were critical to project success
Knowledge of provincial-territorial and federal government structures and processes
Demonstrated experience and knowledge in large-scale knowledge mobilization
Exceptional ability to lead, mentor and manage teams
Proven ability to develop effective relationships and gain credibility, internally and externally.
Exceptional stakeholder engagement and change management skills, including negotiation, consensus building and conflict resolution
Ability to build relationships based on the values of the organization
Skilled decision maker with strong analytical skills
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Innovative and strategic thinker with a results-oriented approach
Bilingual English and French
Experience working in a non-profit environment
Experience or expertise in the field of substance use and addiction
To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to
state the title of the position in the subject line of your e-mail.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.
Position Title: Research and Policy Analyst
Reports to: Associate Director, Research and Policy
Reporting to the Associate Director, Research and Policy, the Research & Policy Analyst (RPA) is a subject matter expert who conducts research and responds to research requests (both internal to CCSA and external), and provides research-based policy analysis relevant to CCSA’s priorities. The RPA may represent CCSA on various expert committees and working groups and provide advice on research initiatives and their impact on public policy. The RPA works in collaboration with CCSA’s external facing divisions to communicate key messages and aid in the knowledge mobilization of research findings.
Facilitates and initiates national research initiatives in addiction
Collaborates with researchers within CCSA and with those of other agencies to determine the nature and scope of studies required
Contributes to the strategic development of CCSA’s research program
Plans and conducts research studies on specific aspects of substance use and addiction relevant to the organization’s strategic directions and priorities
Performs internal quality peer reviews of research proposals, analyses, results and reports
Implements processes to help CCSA identify and promote important emerging areas of research
Contributes to research grant proposals to gain additional research funding for CCSA
Represents CCSA on expert committees and working groups and liaises with external scientific and clinical advisors
Provides functional advice to other RPAs in conducting specific studies
Determines the appropriate research methodologies, analytical techniques, designs, models, scope, timelines and costs of research projects
Determines data or information requirements and negotiates agreements with other organizations or government bodies to obtain data
Prepares ethics applications for review by Research Ethics Boards
Gathers information and performs appropriate quantitative and qualitative analyses.
Conducts or identifies existing research knowledge syntheses to inform policy and practice
Prepares reports with conclusions and recommendations or proposals for further study
Reviews research proposals from other analysts and kindred agencies
Responds to requests for information and advice from other research analysts
Conducts media interviews, webinars and workshops, and obtains and provides expert opinions on relevant issues
Publishes in peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed journals
Presents finding of research at conferences, workshops and symposia
Conducts research-based policy analyses on topical matters related to substance use
Incorporates new and emerging research knowledge into policy position papers
Conducts impact analyses of new research directions vis-à-vis existing policies and practices in the addiction field
Masters or Ph.D. in an addiction-related field or post-doctoral training in an addiction-related field
3-5 years’ research experience in the social sciences, population health, epidemiology, psychology or clinical sciences related to the addiction field
Experience working with SAS and/or SPSS
Fully developed analytical and reasoning skills
Ability to understand, express and apply complex quantitative and/or qualitative analyses, concepts, methods and procedures
Ability to perform knowledge syntheses and critically appraise and evaluate research.
Strong knowledge base of the addiction literature
Strong written and oral communications skills
Evidence of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences
Experience effectively liaising with local, national and international stakeholders from various sectors
Strong time management skills
Ability to work independently
Research background and experience related to prescription drug use and abuse, and substance use among older adults,
Experience in preparing successful grant proposals and reviewing grant proposals, particularly with federal research granting bodies (e.g., CIHR, SSHRC and federal departments and agencies such as Health Canada and Public Safety Canada)
Experience analyzing public policy and determining the implications of new research knowledge for application by policy makers
Experience with research project management, including budget management
Experience mentoring researchers
Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to
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