Project Lead, Substance Use and Addictions Program

Do you like leading and initiating change in a fast-paced and dynamic environment?  Are you a creative team player who thrives on collaborating with others?  If yes, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) wants to hear from you!

The Organization:

CNA is the national professional voice of approximately 140,000 nurses in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing by collaborating with health industry leaders and stakeholders to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

We are guided by a set of ethical values of Respect, Integrity and Commitment. We are seeking an individual who is an innovative thinker and will have demonstrated experience in handling challenging issues in a diverse, transformational and dynamic work environment.

Position: Project Lead, Substance Use and Addictions Program – Contract to March 30, 2022


The Project Lead is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of each deliverable designed to meet the strategic goals and priorities of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) related to a three-year project funded by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) which aims to create a pan-Canadian nursing framework on cannabis. The Project Lead also has primary responsibility for the development of e-learning modules and other resources that will support the framework.

The project objectives are as follows:

  • To raise awareness among nurses about the changes in the federal law (Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act)
  • To increase nurses’ knowledge, awareness and understanding of cannabis, cannabis use and its effects across the lifespan
  • To support the role of regulated nurses in caring for those who use cannabis, cannabis products and synthetic cannabinoids (in alignment with regulatory direction in relevant jurisdictions)

The project will also generate resources that support nurse regulators, clinical nurse leaders, administrators/employers and interprofessional healthcare teams to develop policies, guidelines, processes and services with two main goals in mind: to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses who provide care to clients who use cannabis, cannabis products and synthetic cannabinoids and to inform nursing knowledge and continuing education.

The Project Lead provides expertise, direct oversight and support to a team of professional and technical staff for the project.


  • Graduate degree in nursing or related field such as health administration, public administration or project management
  • Minimum five years of experience in various nursing or healthcare related roles including policy analysis and development as well as research and research methodologies
  • Strong background in nursing (e.g., practice, education, research, administration or policy)
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience with statistical analysis software
  • Knowledge of qualitative research methods, such as in-depth interviewing and use of qualitative analysis software
  • Strong ability to lead and work within a team environment
  • High cultural sensitivity
  • Current knowledge of nursing professional and regulatory issues in Canada
  • Analytical skills using logical, evaluative and professional thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and develop valid solutions and options
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Results oriented
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information
  • Ability to conduct meetings and briefings as well as facilitate group discussion
  • Excellent ability to work under pressure and deal with unexpected changes in project plans
  • Ability to multi-task and handle competing pressures
  • Experience with project management and/or program development

For confidential consideration, please forward your application by March 15, 2019 to:

Canadian Nurses Association

c/o Human Resources

50 Driveway

Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2


We thank all applicants however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please e-mail us your contact information for follow-up. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.