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​​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:

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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


  • Bilingual English and French

  • Knowledge of information and records management

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to 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.

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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 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.

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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

  • Bilingualism (French/English)

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

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Future Opportunities​​​​​

​We are always interested in receiving resumes from qualified and committed candidates, particularly in the following areas:

  • Knowledge exchange and partnership development

  • Research and Policy Analyst​​

Please submit your resume to Thank you!​​​