Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Position Title: Public Policy Advisor

Reports to: Director, Policy

Reporting to the Director, Policy, the Public Policy Advisor will monitor and provide briefing materials and syntheses on emerging issues, priorities and opportunities for engagement with government stakeholders, supporting and respecting the mandate established in the CCSA Act. As part of the Policy division, the successful candidate will also work closely with CCSA’s Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization, Research and Public Affairs and Communication divisions to leverage opportunities for strategic engagement and to ensure alignment between CCSA’s work and government stakeholder priorities. The advisor will also provide strategic support to CCSA’s Senior Leadership Team.


  • Develop, implement and evaluate opportunities to strengthen relations with federal and provincial/territorial governments in conjunction with CCSA’s Public Affairs and Communications and Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization divisions.
  • Develop presentations, briefs, correspondence and related documents used to communicate with governments, elected officials and their staff.
  • Monitor and communicate to CCSA leadership about emerging issues, priorities, current affairs and other relevant information, such as policy proposals and decisions made by federal, provincial and territorial, and municipal levels of government, and across all parties, in order to inform strategic efforts.
  • Create opportunities for CCSA to communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments and elected officials, including legislative committees and their staff.
  • Liaise with representatives of federal, provincial and territorial addictions agencies and non-government organizations to coordinate activities related to shared communications issues and interests.
  • Support CCSA’s participation as a non-partisan advisor to the federal government through identifying opportunities to share evidence such as appearances before parliamentary committees.

Education and Experience

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 3–5 years of experience working within government in a policy or communications related role (a combination of both will also be considered).
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.


  • Bilingual English and 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 We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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