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The Drug Strategy Network of Ontario (DSNO) is seeking a consultant to act as Coordinator of the Network. Please find the posting attached and below.

Seeking Coordination Consultant for the Drug Strategy Network of Ontario

Deadline for Submission: 12 noon EST, January 5th, 2023


The Drug Strategy Network of Ontario (DSNO) ( ) was established in 2008 and its members work in more than 160 municipalities, counties, townships, regions, and First Nations throughout Ontario with a combined population of more than seven million people. Network members coordinate integrated community, municipal, or regionally based drug strategies and have a wide range of expertise on issues related to substance use.

The DSNO aims to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs in Ontario, including addressing systemic drivers like failed drug policies and the criminalization of people who use substances that continue to exacerbate these harms. It is a place for collaboration and information exchange, and for developing strategies that lend support to provincial, regional, and local community initiatives. The DSNO is also a place for peer-to-peer support and connection, with a focus on strengthening and continuity of local drug strategy governance and human resources.

In 2021 DSNO partnered with Moyo Health and Community Services ( ) which acts as a host organization managing the DSNO’s funding and consultant contracts.

Project Goals and Scope of Services

The DSNO is seeking a consultant to act as Coordinator of the Network. The Coordinator will help strengthen the structural capacity of the Network, support the ongoing pursuit of DSNO strategic goals, and coordinate knowledge exchange activities among its members. We are offering a one-year part-time contract of 20 hours per week from January 2023 to January 2024. DSNO has a compensation budget of up to $63,000.00 for this contract, with the possibility of a renewal for a second year.

Activities include but may not be limited to:

Operationalize DSNO strategic priorities:

  • Increase the profile and recognition of the DSNO
  • Strengthen the DSNO engagement and alignment with People With Lived/Living Experience (PWLLE) and related best practices.
  • Identify, develop and maintain strategic relationships between the DSNO, governments, communities, organizations and provincial decision-making bodies or tables.
  • Seek out funding opportunities and coordinate submissions as appropriate.
  • Advance relevant advocacy work to end the drug poisoning/overdose crisis ( )

Knowledge exchange:

  • Support virtual knowledge exchange events.
  • Work with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Knowledge Broker on carrying out DSNO’s Knowledge Translation and Exchange plan.
  • Complete regular progress reports in collaboration with the DSNO and the host agency.
  • Support evaluation activities, training and resources to track progress and impact of the DSNO.

Network administration:

  • Maintain provincial membership contact list.
  • Support bi-weekly Stewardship Committee meetings including Chairing, minute taking, and creating and distributing relevant materials.
  • Support bi-monthly Network meetings including taking and distributing meeting minutes.
  • Strengthen the DSNO website and DSNO presence on EENet.

This role will report to the DSNO Stewardship Committee which is composed of 5-6 member drug strategy coordinators and representation from the host agency. The Network Coordinator will report progress through regular check-ins with the DSNO Stewardship Committee.

This opportunity provides flexible work hours, the opportunity to work independently and virtually.

Desired Skills and Experience

We are seeking a network coordinator consultant with experience in:

  • Complex systems;
  • Collective Impact frameworks;
  • System change/Systems advocacy;
  • Interdisciplinary initiatives;
  • Social Determinants of Health;
  • Substance use health;
  • Health & Health Equity;
  • Community Development;
  • Grant writing;
  • Organizing a wide variety of community partners and a collaborative model;
  • Strategic leadership;
  • The Not-For-Profit sector;
  • System level evaluation;
  • Relevant Lived/Living experience is recognized as a valued asset to the role;
  • Understanding and experience of the provincial health funding system and/or relationships would be an asset.

Submission of applications

Applications should be submitted to the DSNO Hiring Committee at  and will be accepted until 12 noon EST, January 5, 2023. Please use “DSNO Coordinator Submission” in the subject line. Only applicants from the province of Ontario will be considered.

Please submit a single document that includes a cover letter and resume.

Anticipated selection schedule

Deadline to submit application: 12 noon EST, January 5, 2023.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted by: January 12, 2023.

Interviews will be held the week of: January 16, 2023.


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