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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: Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization

Reports to: ​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 identifying, connecting and mobilizing people, knowledge and other resources for collective impact and action toward shared goals.

The Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (AD-SPKM) reports to the Director, Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (SPKM). The AD-SPKM is responsible for assisting the Director in leading CCSA’s Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization portfolio, including the support, implementation and maintenance of CCSA’s Integrated Knowledge Mobilization Framework.  The AD-SPKM provides managerial support, guidance and leadership to the SPKM team, and where appropriate, provides expertise in the field of knowledge mobilization. The AD-SPKM is a member of CCSA’s Operations and Directors Committees and collaborates with other colleagues within CCSA as well as external partners to support organizational priorities.

Responsibilities

  • Actively collaborates with Director, SPKM in the development and implementation of strategic directions and associated budgets for the CCSA priorities and the SPKM division.

  • Provides strategic advice to the Director related to potential decisions regarding partnerships and knowledge mobilization.

  • Represents the Director internally and externally, as assigned, when Director not available.

  • Seeks strategic opportunities and creates initiatives that position CCSA to meet its objectives and enhance the impact of its work.

  • Ensures updating and implementation of the Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Framework, with a specific focus on uptake of CCSA products.

  • Develops, implements and ensures ongoing success of KMb Plan based on the Knowledge Mobilization Framework.

  • Identifies measurable indicators aligned with the KMb Framework including short, medium and long term goals and ensures data collection is occurring.

  • Ensures that KBs are trained on and meet objectives of the KMb Framework.

  • Coordinates and oversees project teams, as determined by the Director, to meet organizational priorities.

  • Provides day-to-day mentoring and development to the Knowledge Brokers (KBs), National Priority Advisors, (NPAs), and Project Coordinators (PCs).

  • Ensures quality control of all SPKM projects by reviewing and providing feedback on the work products (e.g., reports, proposals, presentations, etc.) and project charters prior to final approval by the Director.

  • Coordinates the regular updates to senior leadership and Executive Office regarding the status of SPKM projects, activities and other initiatives.

  • Participates in and contributes to the Performance Leadership Coaching and Development and work plan development processes involving SPKM team members.

  • Assists in the hiring of KBs, NPAs and PCs.

  • Represents CCSA on working groups and expert advisory committees.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Master's or Doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Science, Arts & Humanities, Health Administration, Adult Education, Nursing, or Business).

  • Minimum of 5 years of proven experience in strategic partnerships and knowledge mobilization, and management experience with staff and projects.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proven expertise in all aspects of Knowledge Mobilization (e.g., generation, synthesis, critical appraisal of evidence, product development, dissemination, exchange, management, implementation and evaluation) and partnership development and engagement.

  • Proven abilities as a systems thinker: ability to develop understanding of systems issues, complexity theory, and partner/stakeholder engagement in substance use and addiction and/or other related fields.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in applying best practices in Knowledge Mobilization.

  • Demonstrated success in leading or facilitating individual and organizational capacity development related to evidence-informed decision-making and Knowledge Mobilization.

  • Proven ability to engage diverse audiences and build effective partnerships/collaborations between organizations representing diverse views, disciplines, and sectors.

  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring professional development of staff.

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

  • Proven strong analytical skills; process and results-oriented.

  • Skill in writing documents tailored to various audiences, including plain language writing.

  • Ability to organize/prioritize workload and take initiative.

Assets

  • Project management experience in both the public and private sectors.

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

  • Knowledge of and/or experience with concepts, approaches and practices relevant to stakeholder engagement and management.

  • 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: 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 programmatic 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/or executive summaries).

  • Ensure that any project concerns and/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 regarding timelines.

  • Create and maintain thorough project documentation.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • University or College degree, Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), or a minimum of 2 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.

  • Experience leading and managing complex and multiple projects.

Assets

  • Experience/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.

  • 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: Communications Advisor

Reports to: ​Director, Public Affairs and Communications

The Communications Advisor, reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), is responsible for providing strategic communication advice, applying knowledge and skills to CCSA’s day-to-day operations to increase the reach and impact of the organization’s work, and contributing to CCSA’s public affairs and stakeholder engagement functions.

Responsibilities

Strategic Communications

  • Contribute to 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 project teams to provide communications advice, skills and expertise to drive forward corporate priorities

  • Be the team’s specialist in social media writing and engagement

Brand and Thought Leadership Management

  • Develop, implement and distribute communication materials to support CCSA research and knowledge products

  • Working closely with subject-matter experts, proactively seek out opportunities to demonstrate CCSA’s knowledge and leadership

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

Public Affairs and Media Relations

  • Create specific communications, media relations and outreach strategies so that CCSA’s 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

  • Strong understanding of social media as a tool to market websites, reports, and events

  • Proven ability to write for social media with a strong understanding of how social media relates to the web

  • Proven ability to create and manage social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities including:

    • Develop relevant content to reach the company's various target audiences.

    • Create, curate, and manage all published content (images, video and written).

    • Monitor, listen and respond to users

  • Social Media marketing strategy (segmenting audiences, growing a community of relevant followers and those followed, analyzing data on various platforms)

    • SEO and SEM

    • Google ad words

    • Pay for play

    • Re-marketing

  • Twitter

    • writing and disseminating tweets for maximum impact

    • growing CCSA’s base through likes and retweets

    • monitoring relevant Twitter feeds

  • ​Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn

    • Maintaining an active and compelling Facebook, Instagram and Linked In presence

  • Monitoring and Measurement

    • Ability to use analytics tools to measure success of social media activity ​

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or college certificate in social media public relations, journalism or communications plus two 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, web content, PowerPoint presentations

  • Proven experience in contributing to and delivering on 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

  • Strong interpersonal skills, client orientation and focus on solutions

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

  • Ability to establish priorities and manage deadlines

Assets

  • 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 levels

  • Experience working in or with science- and research-based organizations

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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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!​​​