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National Priority Advisor, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Position title:    National Priority Advisor
Reports to:    Director, Partnerships & Priorities

The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) has a legislated mandate to provide national leadership and evidence-informed analysis and advice to mobilize collaborative efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms. CCSA is looking for a National Priority Advisor, reporting to the Director of Partnerships and Priorities.  As an integral member of the Partnerships & Priorities division, the incumbent leads the effective and efficient management of a defined Priority and related project(s) or grouping of projects, and is accountable for building, creating, sustaining and leveraging effective partnerships that maximize individual and collective efforts to ensure that the assigned National Priority is successfully executed and implemented.


  • Defines the requirements and performance objectives for the project(s) within the context of CCSA's Strategic Directions and financial planning cycle
  • Obtains requisite approvals and provides management according to agreed timelines
  • Determines the plan for organization and distribution of workload required to operationalize the project, and maintains it on an ongoing basis.
  • Responsible for leading a National Priority through the project cycle from the predevelopment phase to the development of a strategy by recommending actions to be taken and implementing the recommendations in the strategy
  • Manages the Priority project(s) in accordance with established project management policies, processes and tools.
  • As project lead, works closely with other divisions to ensure project is executed and implemented in a collaborative and coordinated fashion
  • Identifies key stakeholders to assist in each phase of the project cycle and builds positive, productive and supportive working relationships with Partners and Stakeholders.
  • Participates and contributes in a collaborative manner as a member of the P&P team, and in relation to other key support services that sustain proper management of projects.
  • Resolves issues requiring conflict resolution or specific issues-management strategies, in the best interest of sound partner relations.
  • Stays abreast of developments occurring across Canada related to the National Priority and other responsibilities, as determined by the Director.
  • Budgetary responsibility and input.


  • Master's Degree (Health or Social Sciences) or equivalent
  • 4 to 6 years of related work experience
  • Formal, recognized training and/or experience commensurate with complex project management either in a lead role or that of a key team member
  • Project Management scope in both the public and private sectors would be an asset
  • Superior relationship/partnership management skills
  • Experience or expertise in the field of alcohol and substance abuse
  • People-focused and task-oriented
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills
  • A master communicator with superior ability to bring the right people to the table at the right time in the project cycle
  • Superior writing skills required to develop and write communications, reports, funding proposals, etc.
  • Well-honed negotiation skills; conflict resolution
  • Independent worker with demonstrated initiative
  • Strategic thinker
  • Excellent Interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in English; fluency in French is an asset
  • Advanced computer skills with extensive knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project)
  • Committed to ongoing professional development as defined by the Director.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and covering letter by email to, no later than September 12, 2008.  We thank all respondents; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.