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Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery
Job Title: CEO
Job Type:
Executive Director
Job Search Ends:
February 18th, 2023
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Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery (LHATR) assists people and their families to rebuild their lives and strengthen our communities by providing the resources, direct support, skills, and freedom to live a life of purpose in recovery. It has been providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable addictions service and related support to the Greater Lowell community since 1971.


LHATR’s programs cover a broad range of inpatient and outpatient treatment and living options that support recovery across a lifetime. In addition to a variety of support, advocacy, community outreach, and prevention programs, other services include individual, group, and family therapy; over 80 residential beds; driver alcohol education (DAE) programs for first and second offenders; and, a structured six-to-eight-week intensive-day Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP). LHATR programs are funded through a combination of state, federal, insurance, and private pay resources. Clients are accepted to programs and services based on their current needs and available space, never on their ability to pay.


Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery currently serves almost 2,000 people per year, ages 18 through 90, with over a dozen programs in five locations. LHATR continues to expand its offerings to meet the considerable community need in clinical, residential, case management, educational and outreach programs that focus on the number one health challenge in Greater Lowell - the disease of addiction.


With a robust financial base and a wide range of strong programs, Lowell House is in a firm position as it seeks to develop a new strategic plan for how best to serve those struggling with the disease of alcohol and drug addiction moving forward. The ideal CEO candidate is a proven leader who understands the power of collaboration and has extensive experience and success creating and leading high performing teams that foster an inclusive culture of excellence. Experience working in the addiction recovery field is a plus, but not a requirement. Experience in a clinical or medical environment is also a plus.


A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university is required; an advanced degree is strongly preferred. The candidate must have a minimum of five to ten years of senior managerial experience leading a complex organization. Experience working with nonprofit organizations is preferred.


Lowell House seeks a leader who can work with the Board of Directors, the staff, and external stakeholders to develop a clear vision and strategic plan for the future of the organization. That strategic plan will build upon the existing services and relationships of Lowell House and incorporate the best practices and innovation on the field of treatment of substance abuse disorders. The CEO will build, and work with, a network of external supporters to promote that vision and make it a reality.


LHATR’s next leader will have the skills and competencies to provide oversight for the operational and financial management of a complex, multi-faceted organization. The individual must be a strategic thinker and problem solver who creates a team environment, solving problems through a healthy and intentional reliance on staff, and is committed to ongoing professional development.


The CEO will hire, cultivate, develop, and inspire a cohesive, high-performing team of staff who embody organizational values of collaboration, trust, and respect for one another. The CEO will have the temperament and skills to continue the development of talented staff as well as a demonstrated ability to bring passion, vision, direction, business discipline, and inspiration to the organization. The successful candidate will be a good listener and open to dialogue and critical conversations that lead to shared success. A management approach that is accessible, collaborative, and empowering must be demonstrated and balanced by results-oriented accountability.

This person will have the financial expertise to effectively manage the organization’s budget, properly allocate resources, and forecast trends and changes. It is critical that the CEO have the skills to manage the complex finances of an organization with significant funding from third party insurers, government contracts, and others. Experience with organizations that receive funding from government agencies, health care related funders, and insurance providers would be especially helpful.


The CEO will be a persuasive and charismatic communicator who can elevate the profile of Lowell House, expanding the community’s understanding of the organizations, critical mission, and services. The candidate should have a keen understanding of their role as steward with extensive experience managing and overseeing long-term projects and initiatives. Passion for the mission, high integrity, sound judgment and decision-making skills are essential to success in this role. Experience in building, and partnering with, an engaged governing board will be essential. This person will establish and maintain a climate of trust in all leadership and board-related matters and sustain a learning environment, encouraging active inquiry by the Board and staff in pursuit of organizational excellence.


This leader will have strong experience in fundraising, be a proven fundraiser, and have the ability to put in place, and implement, a plan for building a strong fundraising base. This would include building and cultivating a network of relationships, and the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals, and the public sector at the local, state, or national levels.

The salary range for this position is between $145,000 and $175,000 and will be commensurate with experience. Lowell House offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days and group health and dental, as well as a retirement plan.


Lowell House is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle and policy of equal employment opportunity.


To apply, submit a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3kgiZt7 (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page). All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


For more information about Lowell House, visit https://www.lowellhouseinc.org/

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