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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 w​ith 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: 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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

Assets

  • 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 hr@ccsa.ca. We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Position Title: ​Policy Analyst

Reports to: Director, Policy

Reporting to the Director, Policy, the Policy Analyst (PA) is responsible for leading activities that contribute to the success of strategic initiatives and that support the development and implementation of evidence-informed policy and practice. The PA supports CCSA’s mandate by monitoring, analyzing and sharing information on trends, research and developments in public policy and practice relevant to substance use. The PA may represent CCSA on various expert committees and working groups to provide advice and expertise related to policy considerations, implementation and impact. 

Responsibilities

  • Identifies and provides timely strategic information and advice on current and emerging policy issues relevant to CCSA’s work

  • Conducts strategic outreach to build a diverse network of partners related to CCSA’s policy work

  • Conducts analysis and develops recommendations to inform and promote evidence-informed policy and practice related to substance use

  • Applies an understanding of government, partner and organizational policy initiatives to develop, review and edit documents for presentations and publications, as assigned by the director

  • Plans and conducts policy analyses on specific aspects of substance use, problematic substance use and addiction relevant to the organization’s strategic directions and priorities

  • Identifies and coordinates opportunities for CCSA to lead or contribute to evidence-informed policy related to substance use

  • Represents CCSA in informing policy dialogue with various stakeholders (e.g., participation on expert committees and working groups, conferences, etc.)

  • Presents policy analyses and recommendations at conferences, workshops and symposia

  • Monitors and assesses emerging federal and provincial trends and legislative shifts related to substance use policy

  • Works in close collaboration with CCSA’s Public Affairs and Communications division to ensure integrated messaging and support for all policy initiatives, and to support effective government relations

  • Works in close collaboration with CCSA’s Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization division to support the impact of CCSA’s knowledge products and partnership initiatives in enabling evidence-informed policy

  • Works in close collaboration with CCSA’s Research division to synthesize the policy implications of CCSA’s research initiatives

  • Works in close collaboration with in-house evaluation and performance monitoring resources to conduct impact analyses of new research directions vis-à-vis existing policies in the substance use and addiction field

  • Responds to requests for information and advice from other CCSA staff

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director, Policy

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in health, social sciences, public policy, administration or related disciplines, or combination of education and experience

  • 3–5 years’ experience in policy analysis and development or related role

  • Demonstrated ability to perform knowledge syntheses and critically appraise and evaluate research

  • Knowledge of federal and provincial legislative affairs, responsibilities and processes

  • Ability to conduct critical policy analysis, and to develop and support evidence-informed recommendations for action 

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Effective interpersonal skills with all levels of staff, senior leaders and external stakeholders, including government, political, service provider, research, industry and other groups

  • Strong analytical skills, especially in support of strategic planning and decision making

  • Strong time management skills

  • Experience with project management

Assets

  • Policy and/or research background and experience related to substance use

  • 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 hr@ccsa.ca. 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Assets

  • 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 hr@ccsa.ca. 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

Assets

  • 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 hr@ccsa.ca. 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 hr@ccsa.ca. Thank you!