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​​​​​​​The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction 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: Web/Application Developer and Analyst

Reports to: Director, Information Systems and Web Services

Reporting to the Director, Information Systems and Web Services (ISWS), the Web/Application Developer and Analyst is a member of the web team and is responsible for the development and implementation of web projects and technology across the full stack, including all stages of web and application design from concept to completion. In addition, this role will collect, analyze and document applications, systems and business requirements and processes.


  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of CCSA’s website, including the development and modification of widgets, features, etc.

  • Develop and implement applications and tools for web and backend systems

  • Maintain content management system (CMS) and hosting environment

  • Provide support and assist in the maintenance of technical operations such as systems administration, user and vendor support, etc.

  • Maintain an effective and engaging web presence that reflects the organizational values of excellence and innovation

Education and Experience

  • University degree or diploma, with a specialization in management information systems, computer science or a related field

  • 3–5 years of web development experience

  • Experience with full stack development and maintenance, coding, staging environments, developing, operations and support of host sites (with vendor assistance)

  • Experience with content management systems, databases, development and client/server side scripting, which includes Drupal, .NET, PHP and JavaScript

  • Experience supporting end users and systems, and basic networking knowledge

  • Experience solving complex problems, specifically troubleshooting websites and systems

  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to work on multiple priorities with demanding timelines

  • Flexibility to respond to emerging priorities


  • Bilingual English and French

  • Knowledge of information and records management

  • Knowledge of data visualization tools, design and reporting

  • Knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) ​and metadata tagging

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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Position Title: Pay and Benefits Coordinator

Reports to: Director, Finance

The Pay and Benefits Coordinator reports to and works under the direction of the Director, Finance. The successful candidate for this position will perform a variety of professional accounting work with emphasis on technical tasks related to payroll, the preparation of financial reports and financial analyses.


Within limits of delegated authority, this position is responsible for the following duties:

  • Prepare and process bi-weekly payroll and benefits, and special runs accurately using an external, web-based payroll service provider

  • Calculate and/or process payroll actions (i.e., new hires, employee changes including termination, benefits, acting pay, etc.)

  • Maintain payroll information and reconcile to service provider reports and statutory agency assessments

  • Generation of statutory information returns (i.e., ROEs, T-4s)

  • Reconcile tax slips and statutory remittances

  • Maintain control of company payroll files, records and documentation with strict confidentiality and ensure compliance with CCSA policies, procedures and government regulations

  • Prepare and book payroll entries and adjustments from supportive documents in the accounting system

  • Reconcile payroll accounts to register

  • Monitor legislation updates and other information impacting the payroll system, and implement required changes to system

  • Provide support to staff regarding concerns about payroll and benefits

  • Research and troubleshoots any/all inquiries

  • Respond to technical questions from CCSA staff and give them necessary information

  • Serve as liaison with ADP, financial institutions, auditors, government agencies and CCSA departments about payroll-related issues

  • Liaise with the financial and investment partners about the Group RRSP program (i.e., Group RRSP updates, annual review, meetings, seminars)

  • Liaise with the insurance carrier for invoices, special requests or projects

  • Assist in the administration of the employee recognition program

  • Provide information in response to auditor enquiries

  • Monthly reconciliation of Great West Life Group Insurance and Benefits to payroll

  • Monthly reconciliation of Group RRSP with RBC RRSP statement

  • Preparing bi-weekly entries for project allocations

  • Other duties and reports as assigned


  • University degree or college diploma in accounting, finance, business and Payroll Compliance Practitioner certification

  • 2 to 4 years of fulltime payroll or accounting experience

  • Experience processing payroll in ADP

  • Working knowledge of payroll practices, labour and compliance guidelines (federal and provincial legislation)

  • Advanced Excel skills

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with staff and vendors

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Client service orientation

  • Proven track record of taking responsibility, and using good judgment and discretion with matters of confidentiality

  • Ability and proven track record of working in teams

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask with multiple competing deadlines

  • Professional demeanour


  • Experience in a not-for-profit environment

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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Position Title: Production Coordinator and Desktop Publisher

Reports to: Director, Public Affairs and Communications

A member of the Production Team and reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), the Production Coordinator and Desktop Publisher assists in scheduling for CCSA’s publication production process. This role also provides desktop publishing support, which includes creating various graphic projects in accordance with the corporate identity and common look and feel.


  • Develops schedules for completion, and ensures deliveries are met, full transparency is maintained and project status communicated, as appropriate, with staff and management

  • Monitors and tracks delivery against planned schedule and works with team members to take corrective action if any slippage in the schedule occurs

  • Participates in ongoing planning to ensure early identification of product requirements and impacts on resources

  • Coordinates the filing of records and manages working design files

  • Assists in the design of web pages and online graphics, promotional products, signage, advertising, marketing materials, information pieces and other print products for CCSA

  • Prepares print-ready files and reviews printer proofs for accuracy and consistency to ensure delivery of the highest quality products

  • Participates in the development of one-off pieces, identities and campaigns

  • Creates standardized templates and works within the confines of pre-existing templates

  • Provides internal support to CCSA staff on the use of templates (MS Word, PowerPoint) and the application and use of CCSA images and logos


  • University degree or college diploma and experience in production or desktop publishing

  • Minimum three years of professional project coordination experience​

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe CC Suite (specifically InDesign)

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (specifically MS Word and PowerPoint)

  • Ability to manage multiple complex priorities simultaneously, set priorities, and identify and address issues while meeting deadlines in a high-intensity environment

  • Demonstrated negotiation and problem resolution skills

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with a high degree of initiative, responsibility and efficiency

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


  • Bilingualism (French/English)

  • Experience with Drupal

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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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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Position Title: ​Project Coordinator

Reports to: Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization

An NGO organization with a national focus, CCSA’s vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use. It is the mandate of the Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM) division to facilitate, lead and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward shared goals.

The Project Coordinator will support initiatives aligned with CCSA’s activities, including providing secretariat support to national meetings, planning knowledge exchange events and facilitating meeting planning. The Project Coordinator is skilled at participating as an active member of a diverse team responsible for project management of various initiatives to support CCSA’s collaborative activities and the impact of its work.


  • Develop project objectives in collaboration with project lead, involving all stakeholders and ensuring feasibility (i.e., technical and organizational capacity, resource availability);

  • Develop meetings in collaboration with project lead (e.g., co-design workshops, stakeholder meetings, advisory meetings), which include recruitment of participants, drafting of meeting materials (e.g., agendas, meeting minutes), securing venues and audio/visual equipment, catering and more;

  • In collaboration with project lead and quality and risk officer, monitor and report on their project progress (e.g., write meeting summaries, briefing notes, presentations and executive summaries);

  • Ensure that any project concerns or risks are communicated to the project lead and associate director;

  • Ensure the ongoing participation, satisfaction and commitment of existing partners and stakeholders related to priority projects through ongoing communication and by supporting them in their endeavours to work with CCSA;

  • Identify and engage key stakeholders and partners in the advancement of the initiative’s objectives (e.g., recruiting new members and retaining existing members);

  • Promote events to key audiences using targeted methods;

  • Coordinate internal resources, external partners and vendors for the smooth execution of projects;

  • Support project lead to ensure projects are delivered on time, within scope and within budget;

  • Participate in the development and execution of internal processes for review of deliverables, budget and production of resources;

  • Working with the collective impact and performance measurement analyst, report on project performance using appropriate organizational systems, tools and techniques;

  • Develop detailed work plans to track progress;

  • Create schedule and project timelines;

  • Manage project budgets;

  • Track deliverables and keep team updated about timelines;

  • Create and maintain thorough project documentation, and

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • University or college degree, Project Management Professional certification or a minimum of two years of project management experience;   

  • Knowledge of concepts, approaches and practices relevant to project management;

  • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills, with the ability to multitask, produce and coordinate projects with tight timelines;

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills;

  • Proven ability to foresee risk and allow for contingency when planning;

  • Monitor and adjust plans, as necessary; and

  • Experience leading and managing multiple complex projects.


  • Experience or expertise in the field of substance use and addiction or other chronic health conditions;

  • Experience working in or with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations; and

  • Bilingualism — French and 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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Position Title: Knowledge Broker​​​​

Reports to: Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization

It is the mandate of the Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM) division to facilitate, lead and participate in gathering, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective action and change toward shared goals. The Knowledge Broker reports to and works under the direction of the Associate Director, Knowledge Mobilization, within the SPKM division. The Knowledge Broker is responsible for developing relationships with partners to get the right information into the right hands at the right time, and for supporting the delivery, uptake, use and impact of evidence-informed practices, tools, programs and products for those working in the field of substance abuse.

The Knowledge Broker, working with research and policy analysts, national priority advisors, and communications advisors, draws on the existing body of knowledge or evidence from research and other sources, and works with key stakeholders to provide tailored, evidence-informed guidance and practical tools to facilitate desired changes in practice, programs or policies. Through facilitating collaborative efforts of stakeholders and partners, the Knowledge Broker encourages the application of this evidence in practice, program and policy development and implementation, using effective knowledge mobilization approaches.


  • Lead the development and implementation of knowledge mobilization plans on assigned national priorities.

  • Work with colleagues in research and partnerships to interpret and summarize research findings to form the basis of knowledge mobilization plans, products, tools or activities to inform practice, policy and program development in the field of substance abuse.

  • Identify and bring together key partners, subject-matter experts, influential knowledge users and other key stakeholders to share evidence or knowledge to build the foundation for solutions in the substance abuse field.

  • Lead consultations with stakeholders to identify their needs in accessing, interpreting and using evidence from research and other sources, and help build their capacity through the provision of resources, training and mentoring.

  • Lead collaboration efforts with a variety of stakeholders to negotiate creative, practical and relevant approaches to knowledge mobilization for sustainable solutions and change.​

  • Work closely with national priority advisors and communications advisors to identify partners and stakeholders across Canada, and ensure they have access to the CCSA products and services to address their needs and issues.

  • Continuously establish and maintain networks of stakeholders and partners that can both benefit from and contribute to the collective efforts to reduce the harms and improve the care for those affected by substance abuse.


  • Masters or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., science, arts and humanities, health administration, adult education).

  • Three to five years of related experience.

  • Experience negotiating with and facilitating multi-stakeholder groups (e.g., health professionals, the public, healthcare managers and other decision makers, private industry).

  • Understanding of all aspects of knowledge mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, product development, knowledge translation and exchange, dissemination, management, evaluation).

  • Experience in developing and implementing knowledge mobilization plans, activities and products.

  • Experience building relationships with partners at regional, provincial and federal levels to inform or implement effective practices, programs or policies.

  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from health and other research, and to summarize research findings in plain language.

  • Experience in stakeholder engagement, consultation and related data collection through a variety of mechanisms, including surveys, focus groups and social media.

  • Ability to develop or inform the development of knowledge mobilization products, such as toolkits, learning modules, lay and research publications, and policy briefs, using feedback from knowledge users.

  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and applying effective practices in knowledge mobilization (e.g., communications, education, training, resource development, stakeholder engagement) and evaluating the uptake, use and impact of this knowledge.

  • Ability to engage diverse audiences and build partnerships and collaborations between diverse groups from a variety of sectors.

  • Ability to develop understanding of system-wide issues (i.e., a "systems thinker").

  • Strong analytical skills; process and results-oriented.

  • Enthusiastic and high-energy team player with a passion for engaging partners.

  • Strong focus on critical thinking and strategic problem resolution.

  • Excellent communication skills.


  • Experience or expertise in the field of workplace health and safety or alcohol and substance abuse.

  • Bilingual English–French.

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!