Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Position Title: Collective Impact Advisor (1 year term)

Reports to: Vice President, Operations and Strategies

The Collective Impact Advisor (CIA) provides an evidence-based framework for community change and is situated within the broad frame of collaborative efforts focused on systems and policy change. Under the direction of the Vice President, Operations and Strategies, the CIA is responsible for leading the collective impact initiative in Ottawa. This initiative is focused on stigma and the CIA will contribute by building new and strengthening existing connections with partners through working with them to develop and implement action plans for achieving a collective impact. The CIA is responsible for advancing collective impact as a framework for community change in the Ottawa region and is accountable for implementing the framework and action plans, and for effectively building, sustaining and leveraging key partnerships that maximize the impact of individual and collective efforts. The learnings from this community work will be used to assist other communities in implementing the collective impact framework to achieve systems and policy change.


  • Manage the collective impact initiative in Ottawa to increase wellness and reduce stigma and discrimination for those who use substances
  • Identify and engage key stakeholders and partners in the Ottawa region who are instrumental in driving the needed change in policies, practices and attitudes
  • Build and sustain relationships with key partners and other stakeholders across multiple groups in the Ottawa region to facilitate implementation of individual and collective action
  • Create key working groups and provide backbone support to each (including meeting preparation and facilitation) to develop and implement community action plans with timelines
  • Ensure the successful completion of key deliverables by the collective impact steering committee and by the various working groups, including:
    • Developing and achieving agreement to a shared vision and agenda
    • Developing and implementing a community action plan to address stigma in the Ottawa region at the community and organizational level and
    • A lessons learned report on the approach to address stigma at a community level
  • Employ effective community development and engagement strategies to implement collective impact efforts in the community
  • Facilitate sharing of regular information about the collective impact initiative with community partners and stakeholders through a variety of innovative communications vehicles including monthly progress updates
  • Work with CCSA’s Evaluation and Performance Measurement Analyst to identify and embed performance measures as part of a larger strategy to evaluate collective impact progress and impact


  • University degree or equivalent experience in health sciences, social sciences, management, business administration or related field
  • 3–5 years of progressively responsible related work experience
  • Experience leading and managing complex and multiple projects
  • Experience in relationship management with stakeholders in the Ottawa region
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders to achieve goals through consensus building
  • High levels of interpersonal and influencing skills, proficient facilitation and the capacity to work across policy, systems, service and community change making
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, especially superior writing skills to develop and write reports
  • Experience in organizing, chairing and facilitating discussions at 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 and to monitor and adjust plans, as necessary
  • Superior relationship and partnership management skills
  • Experience or expertise in the field of substance use and addiction, particularly stigma
  • Knowledge of concepts, approaches and practices relevant to project management and stakeholder management

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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