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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: National Priority Advisor

Reports to: Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve the health and safety of Canadians. A 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 National Priority Advisor (NPA) reports to and works under the direction of the Associate Director, SPKM, and the Director, SPKM. As an integral member of SPKM division, the NPA advises and leads the advancement of defined priority areas according to identified strategic directions.

The NPA is responsible for building new and fostering existing partnerships that raise the profile of CCSA and its work. The NPA is also accountable for building, creating, sustaining and leveraging effective partnerships that maximize individual and collective efforts to ensure that assigned national priorities are successfully executed and implemented.

Responsibilities

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

  • Identify and engage key stakeholders and partners in the advancement of CCSA's priorities

  • Build, consult with, sustain and enhance action-oriented relationships with key partners and other stakeholders

  • Develop, facilitate and participate in internal and external working and advisory groups

  • Monitor the activities of key partner organizations across Canada and stay abreast of their developments as they relate to CCSA's priorities

  • Identify needs, gaps, strengths and opportunities for collaboration

  • Coordinate, support and participate in initiatives aligned with CCSA's activities

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

  • Advise and prepare written briefs to the CCSA Senior Leadership Team about relevant developments within key stakeholder areas as they relate to CCSA's priorities

  • Prepare recommendations and advise CCSA's Senior Leadership Team on strategic linkages and opportunities for collaboration with key stakeholders in efforts to advance CCSA's vision, mission and mandate

  • Recommend and facilitate the building and fostering of existing and new relationships between CCSA's Senior Leadership Team, partners and stakeholders

Qualifications

  • University degree or equivalent experience in health sciences, social sciences, management, business administration or related field

  • Recent and significant experience in identifying and developing strong partnerships with the federal, provincial or territorial government sectors

  • Experience leading and managing complex and multiple projects

  • Experience in stakeholder management or public relations

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; in particular, superior writing skills are required to develop and write reports, funding proposals, etc.

  • Experience in organizing, chairing and facilitating meetings with internal staff and external stakeholders

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

  • Proven ability to foresee risk and allow for contingency when planning; monitor and adjust plans, as necessary

  • Experience or expertise in the field of substance use and addiction

  • Knowledge of the theories, concepts, approaches, policies and practices relevant to substance use prevention

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

Assets

  • Bilingualism — French and English

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

  • Project management experience in both the public and private sectors

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

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. It is the only organization with a legislated mandate to undertake this work at a national level. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. 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 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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Position Title: Information Specialist

Reports to: Director, Research and Policy

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations to improve the health and safety of Canadians. A non-governmental organization with a national focus, CCSA's vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use.

Reporting to the Director, Research and Policy, the Information Specialist, working in collaboration with research and policy analysts and knowledge brokers, is responsible for conducting literature searches, identifying and selecting resources, responding to information and reference requests, and developing related information products.

Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with project teams to develop and populate a web-based repository of resources

  • Assists with optimizing the searching and retrieving of information for a web-based repository

  • Maintains quality control of the repository by ongoing review and verification of records in the database

  • Responds to information and reference requests from a variety of audiences, including professionals, post-secondary students and the general public

  • Conducts reference interviews with project team members about their information and reference requests and searches relevant web-based resources and databases

  • Assists in the development and evaluation of information and reference services initiatives, policies and procedures

  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master's degree in library science or in library and information sciences from an American Library Association accredited library school

  • Minimum of two years' experience providing information and reference services to a wide-range of client groups

  • Experience in searching a variety of web-based resources and databases

  • Knowledge of literature search techniques and concepts

  • Experience in the use of bibliographic software, such as EndNote or RefWorks

  • Well-developed analytical and reasoning skills, the ability to understand, express and apply complex technical and administrative concepts, methods and procedures as they apply to library science and research

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and cooperatively with a high degree of initiative, responsibility, efficiency and attention to detail

  • Effective interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Assets

  • Subject knowledge in substance use and addiction or a related field (e.g., health, clinical sciences, social sciences, pharmacology or neuroscience)

  • Bilingual English and French

  • Experience in the establishment of metadata and search functionality for web-based repositories

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: 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Assets

  • Bilingual English and French

  • Knowledge of information and records management

To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to lfeldman@boyden.com 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

Assets

  • 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 lfeldman@boyden.com 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.

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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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!​​​