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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: 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

Media Relations and Social Media Activities

  • Create specific communications, media relations and outreach strategies for both traditional and social media audiences

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

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

  • 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

  • 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 and web content

  • Strong social media skills, including knowledge of current platforms and techniques for building an audience

  • Strong web writing skills 

  • 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


  • Experience or relevant education in science communications

  • 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: Research and Policy Analyst (contract ending March 30, 2018)

Reports to: Director, Research & Policy​

Reporting to the 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.


  • Facilitates and initiates national research initiatives in addictions

  • 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, substance abuse 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 or 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 addictions field


  • Masters or Ph.D. in an addiction-related field or post-doctoral training in an addiction-related field

  • Three to five years' research experience in the social sciences, population health, epidemiology, psychology or clinical sciences related to the addiction field

  • Experience working with SAS or SPSS or both

  • 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


  • Research background and experience related to alcohol, cannabis, prescription drug misuse, substance use in the workplace, problem gambling, youth drug use prevention or recovery from addiction

  • 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​ 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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Position Title: Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Director, Research and Policy

​Working under the direction of the Director, Research Policy, the Administrative Assistant provides support to the director and to division staff through a range of administrative duties. In addition, this position shares the responsibility for facilities-related duties with the Facilities and Executive Office Administrative Assistant. This position is part of an Administrative Support Team that assists other divisions within CCSA as needed.


Divisional Administrative Assistant responsibilities include:

  • Prepare reports and documents, graphs, and spreadsheets

  • Set up and coordinate meetings and special event logistics (e.g., venue selection, catering, technical requirements, registration, hotel and travel arrangements); provide support to ensure the smooth operation of the meeting or special event

  • Record minutes for division meetings

  • Monitor, respond to and track information requests received from stakeholders via email and phone

  • Distribute the Addiction News Daily e-newsletter prepared by the Information Specialist

  • Update contact databases and records management systems; provide training to division staff on these information systems, as required

  • Maintain and update the division's processes and orientation binder; provide training to new division staff on these processes as required

  • Support staff in assigned project-based work

  • Manage and maintain the director's Microsoft Outlook calendar

  • Record division staff's leave in the Outlook calendar

  • Provide administrative support to the director and division staff (e.g., photocopying, faxing, filing, typing correspondence and other documents, entering documents into templates)

  • Provide administrative support to Issues of Substance Program Committee

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Three to five years of relevant experience

  • Relevant training, preferably through diploma or degree program

  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Office (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience working with databases and online document management systems

  • Excellent oral and written communications in English

  • Innovative attitude to improving the division's processes

  • ​High initiative to learn new skills, procedures, technologies and computer programs

  • Ability to anticipate and act to prevent difficult situations from occurring

  • Detail-oriented

  • Enthusiastic team player

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Professional demeanour


  • Bilingualism (English/French)

  • Experience working in a research 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!​​​