Communications Advisor

Communications Advisor

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posted: September 12th 2021
Deadline Date: November 11th 2021

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) changes lives by bringing people and knowledge together to reduce the harms of alcohol and other drugs on society. We partner with public, private and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve the health and safety of Canadians. An NGO with a national focus, CCSA’s vision is for a healthier Canadian society where evidence transforms approaches to substance use.

We are recruiting for a Communications Advisor.

The Communications Advisor (CA), reporting to the Director, Public Affairs and Communications (PAC), is responsible for proactive communications planning to promote CCSA products, as well as public affairs stakeholder events. The CA provides strategic communication advice, applying knowledge and skills to CCSA’s day-to-day operations to increase the reach and impact of the organization’s work.


Communications Planning

  • Work with subject-matter experts to lead the development of communications plans and to create, implement and distribute communication materials to support CCSA research and knowledge products
  • Provide support and advice to ensure that all communications expand and reinforce CCSA’s profile and visibility

Strategic Communications

  • Contribute to implementing CCSA’s corporate communications plan, including outreach strategies, specific projects, and events and activities, through the use of both traditional and social media
  • Provide communications advice, skills and expertise to drive forward corporate priorities
  • Develop and execute innovative social media strategies in line with organizational objectives
  • Develop traditional and paid media campaigns

Public Affairs and Media Relations

  • Create communications products to link CCSA’s issues to government priorities at the federal, provincial and territorial levels
  • Contribute to the development of media messaging
  • Liaise with journalists to provide information and arrange interviews with CCSA subject-matter experts

Social and Digital Media

  • Develop social media plans to promote websites, reports, public education and events
  • Write compelling content for various social media platforms
  • Diploma or degree in social media, public relations, journalism or communications and two to five years of relevant work experience; or certificate in related field and five years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to take initiative, establish priorities and manage deadlines in a fast-paced environment while exercising flexibility, sound judgment and well-developed analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Experience creating and managing social media marketing campaigns and day-to-day activities
  • Experience in dealing with news media
  • Exceptional writing skills with experience conceptualizing and producing a variety of documents and multi-media materials, including news releases, backgrounders, articles, web content and PowerPoint presentations


  • Bilingualism English and French
  • Experience working with officials at the federal or provincial/territorial levels
  • Experience using Meltwater software and Meltwater Engagement
  • Experience with podcast and video production
  • Knowledge of the addictions field
Additional Information

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.

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

Contact Information
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
75 Albert Street, Suite 500,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5E7

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