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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: Human Resources Assistant

Reports to: Director, Human Resources

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, the Human Resources Assistant will provide comprehensive support to the daily operations of the HR team, contributing to the efficient and professional delivery of HR programs, processes and services across the organization.


  • Support the full recruitment cycle: updates job position profiles, prepares job postings, collects and reviews resumes, performs pre-screening, coordinates interviews and tests, and checks references

  • Perform onboarding of new employees by conducting orientations and updating relevant HR records and files

  • Answer basic inquiries from employees

  • Perform general administrative duties such as data entry, filing, minute taking, meeting scheduling, coordinating training sessions, leave administration including accruals and tracking

  • Conduct training presentations for new hires

  • Administer benefits plan including enrolments, changes, and terminations.

  • Conduct HR research and analysis as assigned

  • Assist with the planning and coordination of staff events

  • Sits as member of the Social Committee

  • Other duties, as assigned

Education and Experience

  • University graduate or college graduate with CHRP designation

  • 3 to 5 years experience in Human Resources with an emphasis in recruitment

  • Demonstrated experience taking initiative and being proactive

  • Recent experience providing administrative support services in a busy environment

  • Experience using online recruitment techniques and tools

  • Client service orientation

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Excellent ability to multitask with multiple competing deadlines

  • Ability and proven track record of working in teams

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – including Excel

  • Effective presentation skills

  • Familiarity with the Ontario Employment Standards Act and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

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

  • Experience working in a professional environment is preferred


  • Bilingualism — English and French

  • Human Resources Management certificate

Key Competencies

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Planning and organizing

  • Decision making

  • Communication skills

  • Working with teams

  • Ability to multi-task

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: Communications Advisor (Term to March 30, 2018)

Reports to: Director, Public Affairs and Communications

The Communications Advisor, reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), is responsible for communications strategies and operations to increase the reach and impact of the organization's work.


Strategic Communications

  • Contribute to the implementation of CCSA's overall strategic communications plan, including supporting outreach strategies, specific projects, and events and activities, through the use of both traditional and new media

  • Actively participate in cross-functional project teams to provide communications advice, skills and expertise to drive forward corporate priorities

Public Affairs and Media Relations

  • Proactively analyze the broader public environment and factor the analysis into appropriate communications, issues management and media responses

  • Create specific communications, media relations and outreach strategies so that CCSA issues are linked with government priorities at the federal, provincial and territorial levels

  • Contribute to the development of media messaging and liaise with journalists to provide information and arrange interviews with CCSA subject-matter experts

Social and Digital Media

  • Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of CCSA’s social media strategy

  • Actively monitor and contribute to communications and engagement activities on key platforms

Brand and Thought Leadership Management

  • Develop, implement and distribute communication materials to support CCSA research and knowledge products, solidifying CCSA's reputation as a national and international thought leader

  • Working closely with subject-matter experts, proactively seek out opportunities to demonstrate CCSA’s knowledge and leadership through outreach to government officials, as well as the media through opinion pieces and contributions to targeted platforms and publications

  • Provide support and advice to ensure that all communications reinforce and leverage CCSA's positioning and brand

Event Management

  • Assist with marketing and communication activities for public and professional events and meetings

Measuring Success

  • Assist with gathering and reporting on key public affairs and communications metrics

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree or college certificate in public relations, journalism or communications plus three to five years of relevant experience

  • Exceptional writing skills with experience conceptualizing and producing a variety of documents and multi-media materials, including news releases, backgrounders, articles, Op-eds, web content, PowerPoint presentations, videos and speeches

  • Proven experience in developing and delivering strategic communications plans

  • Awareness of, and ability to respond to, political, governmental, media and research priorities in the area of substance use disorders

  • Knowledge of communications tools and techniques, including the practical application of new technologies and social media

  • Well-developed analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Client-oriented and solutions-focused

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Strong interpersonal relations

  • Detail-oriented

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while exercising flexibility and sound judgement

  • Ability to establish priorities and manage deadlines

  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead


  • Bilingualism English/French (spoken)

  • Experience working with senior Government of Canada officials, including staff in ministerial offices

  • Experience working directly with elected officials at the federal or provincial/territorial level

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: Finance Analyst

Reports to: Director of Finance

Reporting to the Director, Finance, the ​Financial Analyst will be responsible for the preparation, analysis and review of financial data to be used in reports for senior management. As well, the Financial Analyst will assist extensively with ad-hoc financial and operational analysis, which will require significant interaction with individuals across all areas of the organization.


  • Review, prepare and monitor contracts for independent contractors

  • Responsible for managing the month end process

  • Responsible for accruals and deferrals

  • Identify and contribute to or lead financial process improvements

  • Prepare month-end reports for project leads and directors

  • Prepare financial activities and variance reports, meet with directors and make recommendations, as required

  • Prepare reports for all externally funded projects

  • Maintain day-to-day cash management of CCSA by transferring funds to maximize rates of return

  • Responsible for compilation of audit working file and main on-site contact for auditors

  • Maintain the filing system of accounting records

  • Maintain office equipment and services, meet with sales representatives, obtain quotes, negotiate and survey preferred rates with suppliers

  • Ensure the smooth operation of the Finance division during prolonged absences of the director

  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Three-year community college graduate in finance or business administration

  • Currently enrolled in a chartered professional accountant program at the advanced level or higher

  • Minimum eight years of experience in an accounting environment with multiple revenue sources with a focus on budget management and variance analysis for project-based financial reporting

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English

  • Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with staff, directors and the public

  • Well-developed analytical and reasoning skills

  • In-depth knowledge of financial and business systems

  • Ability to understand, express and apply complex financial and management concepts


  • Advanced skills in Sage 300

  • Advanced skills in Excel

  • Bilingual English and French

  • Good knowledge and understanding of contracts and standard clauses

  • Experience working in a non-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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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!​​​