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Executive Director

Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (CICADA)

Executive Director / CEO


Contact: John Tracy
Address: 10200 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai Alaska 99611
Phone: (907) 283-3658
CICADA is an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency based in Kenai, Alaska with an office in Homer, Alaska. Incorporated in 1975 as the Cook Inlet Council on Alcoholism, the organization operates on a grant-driven budget in excess of $1 million annually, and a staff of 15 to 18 administrators, counselors and clinicians. CICADA specializes in providing case management and skills development to adults and adolescents who experience severe substance abuse and/or co-existing disabilities such as mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Job Summary

Date Posted:   2 months ago Closing Date:   January 31, 2020
Location:   Kenai, AK Salary: $95,000.00 - $105,000.00 Exempt; salary
Status:   Full time
Benefits:   CICADA provides competitive benefits.
How to Apply:   To apply, email your credentials to CICADAsearch@forakergroup.org. Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact John Tracy, Recruiting Manager, at CICADAsearch@forakergroup.org. Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. Resume reviews begin immediately.

Job Description

Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse (CICADA) seeks a compassionate and collaborative leader to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director leads an experienced team of counselors and clinicians dedicated to CICADA’s mission to treat alcohol and drug addiction on the Kenai Peninsula. CICADA offers prevention strategies, clinically proficient treatment, family intervention, and referral services. The ideal candidate for this position will share CICADA’s commitment to guiding our clients through the recovery process and reintegrating them into the community free from the stigma associated with substance abuse.

The Organization

CICADA is an accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency based in Kenai, Alaska with an office in Homer, Alaska. Incorporated in 1975 as the Cook Inlet Council on Alcoholism, the organization operates on a grant-driven budget in excess of $1 million annually, and a staff of 15 to 18 administrators, counselors and clinicians. CICADA specializes in providing case management and skills development to adults and adolescents who experience severe substance abuse and/or co-existing disabilities such as mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Counselors operate on an evidence-based approach focusing on meeting basic needs, skill building and linking clients to services and community supports that enhance recovery. Clients are taught to develop coping skills, identify relapse triggers, and rebuild their sense of self-worth and confidence

CICADA’s guiding philosophy is that chemical dependency is a treatable disease, achieving positive outcomes by focusing on foundational goals:

  • We will assist each client to identify their own issues.
  • We will empower the client to seek effective solutions based on their understanding of their own situation.
  • We will provide a variety of treatment options tailored to meet the diversity of needs identified in our communities.

Services and Program

·     Outpatient Treatment are integrative programs for adults and adolescents, often with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. Sessions address addiction, recovery and relapse prevention through a group process, as well as individualized attention.

·     Adult Treatment program provides a wide range of evidence-based psychotherapy for adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues through individual and group sessions. Areas of specialty include; substance and alcohol abuse, grief and loss, anger management, addictions, relationships and trauma.

·     Adolescent Treatment serves youth experiencing, or at risk of, a substance abuse issue.  Services range from education to substance abuse treatment depending on the need of the adolescent. Treatment services consist of group, individual and family therapy.

·     Institutional Treatment Program is a residential substance abuse treatment program contracted with the Alaska Department of Corrections and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It is designed to help inmates improve their overall addictive and criminal thinking. Currently in place at the Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai, CICADA counselors lead a structured schedule with treatment groups and activities to help inmates learn problem solving and cognitive behavior skills.

Strategic Priorities

The incoming Executive Director will be responsible for leading the organization through an updated strategic planning process.

Current priorities include:

  • Develop new funding sources
  • Sustain and expand programing to include anger management and parenting skills
  • Strengthen the Wildwood Residential Substance and Treatment program
  • Develop and implement an employee retention plan
  • Increase services to outlying communities, including telemedicine services

The Leadership Opportunity

CICADA is poised for a new generation of executive leadership following an Executive Director with 25 years with the organization.  CICADA seeks an Executive Director who can help define the organization’s new strategic priorities, maintain financial stability in the face of state budget challenges, and coordinate the efforts of staff and board to execute its vision and mission.

The selected candidate is joining CICADA at a time of significant transition both internally and externally. Alcohol and drug addiction continue to be a priority health issue in Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, exacerbated by the current opioid epidemic in combination with reduced state support for treatment.

Key Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to:

·     Maintain the operation of all CICADA programs in accordance with the State of Alaska and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and other applicable funding sources standards and guidelines

·     Oversee grant submissions and other funding requests in a timely manner

·     Oversee fiscal management and fiscal policies and procedures to ensure the agency remains in a sound financial position

·     Maintain awareness and compliance with all terms and conditions of contracts, licenses, leases and agreements that involve the operation and maintenance of CICADA

·     Working with staff, ensure programs and services are appropriate and consistent with organizational priorities and mission

·     Direct human resource activities to accomplish organization goals and objectives through effective recruiting, hiring, evaluation, training, development, and retention strategies

·     Promote and maintain cooperative, professional relationships with other community service providers and agencies

·     Work with Board of Directors to develop policies and procedures necessary to address future growth and development of CICADA, changes on legal requirements, and new social issues

·     Promote competency, quality, and the highest ethical standards throughout the organization

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate

A Bachelor’s Degree in human service field, business administration or public administration is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred, though experience, education and capabilities in the field of substance abuse treatment will be taken into consideration. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

·     At least 5 years of progressively increasing senior organization leadership experience

·     A team-building, empowering leadership style with a track record of building and maintaining strong working relationships with staff, clients and external stakeholders

·     A strong financial understanding and management or oversight of a comparably sized budget and staff, with experience in overseeing internal controls and financial reporting systems

·     Grant writing and contract management experience

·     Experience in treating substance abuse from a recovery perspective with compassion for clients experiencing co-occurring disorders

·     High self-initiative with an ability to exercise prudent, collaborative decision-making and produce results while effectively communicating with the Board

·     An understanding of image building, marketing, and external relations

·     A compassionate professional who is approachable and possesses a spirit of warmth, humility, and high emotional intelligence

·     A creative and innovative problem solver with flexibility and vision to recognize industry trends, anticipate community needs and act on opportunities

·     An appreciation for and cultural fit with a mid-size Alaskan community


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