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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Position Title: Associate Editor

Reports to:  Director, Public Affairs and Communications

Reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), and assigned tasks by the Editor in Chief, the Associate Editor is responsible for the accuracy, style and presentation of written materials created by CCSA and ensures that documents and reports are coherent and consistent with CCSA’s goals and standards.


  • Assist in writing and editing communications products for broad audiences, including annual reports, updates to partners, reports in short, highlight reports and press releases
  • Apply plain-language principles to communications products for specialized audiences
  • Write and edit web text for new publications and new sections of the CCSA website 
  • Provide editorial services for all CCSA materials, including editing, proofreading and formatting
  • Ensure coherence, consistency and standardization of CCSA’s corporate identity for all written communications, including publications, PowerPoint presentations, promotional material and web pages
  • Work with project leads, as necessary, to resolve any issues of clarity or meaning in their documents
  • Work with translator/reviser, as necessary, to resolve questions about English-language texts 
  • Recommend appropriate terminology in all written documents with a sensitivity to audience and to issues of stigma, sex and gender
  • Update, maintain and promote use of the CCSA writing style guide, including preferred terminology lists
  • Collaborate with other members of the Public Affairs and Communications team and other divisions to determine appropriate content and requirements for publications with a broad audience  


  • Bachelor’s degree, equivalent or higher in a discipline with language as a main focus (English literature, journalism, communications, writing, etc.)
  • Minimum of five years' experience editing publications with an NGO or similar organization in the healthcare field
  • Experience working with standard writing and presentation guidelines, including the APA Publication Manual, the Canadian Press Stylebook and Caps and Spelling 
  • Demonstrated ability to produce clear, error-free English text 
  • Familiarity with the digital publishing process from manuscript submission through to publication
  • Expert ability in Microsoft Word and familiarity with other Microsoft 365 products
  • Experience working with subject-matter experts and applying plain-language principles to improve the readability of scientific and academic reports 
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to communicate with other divisions to anticipate and manage workflow


  • Ability to understand, express and apply complex concepts in the substance use and addiction field 
  • Bilingualism English/French (spoken)

CCSA welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations for candidates with disabilities are available upon request during all aspects of the selection process. 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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