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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) provides national leadership to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms. We bring people and knowledge together to improve the health and safety of Canadians, famili​es 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: Senior Research and Policy Analyst (minimum twelve-month contract)

Reports to: Director, Research & Policy

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (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 (NGO) with a national focus, CCSA's vision is that "all people in Canada live in a healthy society free of alcohol- and other drug-related harm."

The Senior Research and Policy Analyst (SRPA) 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 SRPA may represent CCSA on various expert committees and associations, and provide advice on research initiatives and their impact on public policy. The SRPA works in collaboration with CCSA's external facing divisions to communicate key messages and aid in the knowledge mobilization of research results. The primary area of research focus for this particular position is the co-occurrence of gambling and substance use.

Responsibilities

Strategic Thinking and Research Development

  • Facilitates and initiates national research initiatives in the addictions area, with a specific focus on the co-occurrence of gambling and substance use

  • Collaborates with CCSA and researchers of other agencies to determine the nature and scope of studies required, with a specific focus on the co-occurrence of gambling and substance use

  • Contributes to the strategic development of CCSA's research program

  • Plans and conducts research studies on specific aspects of addictions and substance abuse relevant to the organization's strategic directions and priorities

  • 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

Mentoring

  • Performs internal reviews of research proposals, analyses, results and reports

  • Conducts media interviews, webinars and workshops, and obtains and provides expert opinions on relevant issues

  • Represents CCSA on committees and liaises with external scientific and clinical advisors

  • Provides functional advice to other analysts in conducting specific studies

Research

  • 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

  • Gathers information and performs appropriate qualitative or quantitative 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

  • Publishes in peer-reviewed journals

  • Presents findings of research at conferences, workshops and symposia

Policy Analysis

  • Conducts research-based policy analyses on topical matters related to substance use, with a specific focus on the co-occurrence of gambling and 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 addictions field

  • Publishes peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed policy research findings

  • Participates in national forums, conferences and advisory boards

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in an addictions or related field or post-doctoral training in an addictions or related field or Master's degree and a minimum of 7–10 years' experience in an addictions or related field

  • Strong knowledge base of the gambling literature and its various stakeholders

  • Experience in effectively liaising with local, national and international stakeholders from various sectors, particularly in the gambling field

  • Research experience in social sciences, population health, epidemiology, psychology or clinical sciences related to the addictions field or related disciplines

  • Bilingual (French/English)

  • Fully developed analytical and reasoning skills

  • Ability to understand, express and apply complex technical qualitative and quantitative analyses, concepts, methods and procedures

  • Ability to perform knowledge syntheses and critically appraise and evaluate research

  • Strong written and oral communications skills

  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications and presentations at conferences

  • Significant experience with research project management, including budget management

  • Strong time management skills

  • Ability to work independently

Assets

  • Experience in preparing successful grant proposals and reviewing grant proposals, particularly with federal research granting bodies

  • Experience analyzing public policy and determining the implications of new research knowledge for application by policy makers

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: Collective Impact and Performance Measurement Analyst

Reports to: Deputy Chief Executive Officer

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (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 (NGO) with a national focus, CCSA's vision is that "all people in Canada live in a healthy society free of alcohol- and other drug-related harm."

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, the Collective Impact and Performance Measurement Analyst is responsible for enhancing CCSA's capacity to achieve and demonstrate impact. This will be achieved by leading the development and implementation of an organizational performance measurement framework that links the theoretical foundations of CCSA's work such as collective impact and integrated knowledge exchange to key performance indicators and continuous quality improvement.

The Collective Impact and Performance Measurement Analyst will also support stakeholder engagement by providing survey and questionnaire development expertise to multi-disciplinary project teams.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of an organizational performance measurement framework, linking conceptual models to program and project monitoring, evaluation, and performance indicators

  • Provide guidance and participate in engaging external stakeholders through, for example, logic model development, data collection and reporting, survey methods, questionnaire development, and focus groups

  • Work closely with divisions and project teams to coordinate data collection and to conduct analysis and reporting on performance indicators

  • Coordinate effective dissemination of findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons learned in order to promote continuous quality improvement

  • Provide performance measurement data and analysis required for organizational strategic planning

  • Work closely with external firms to conduct evaluations of CCSA activities

  • Participate in special projects and perform additional tasks assigned

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in evaluation, public health, public administration, economics, epidemiology, or other related field

  • Minimum five years of experience with organizational performance measurement, evaluation, or continuous quality improvement

  • Minimum two years of experience working in public health, public policy, or a related field

  • Demonstrated knowledge of a range of performance measurement approaches suitable for evaluating impact in a complex context (e.g., "deliverology")

  • Demonstrated knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, including survey administration, questionnaire development, and focus groups

  • Experience in stakeholder consultation through surveys, focus groups, social media, etc.

  • Experience with the preparation and delivery of reports and presentations for senior leadership; Board of Directors​ and external audiences

  • Proven track record of working effectively with multiple teams

  • Strong project management skills

  • Strong​ analytical skills; process and results-oriented

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!​​​