Caldwell House | Executive Director

  • Full-time

Company Description

Over three decades ago, a group of concerned citizens decided to establish a Half-way house for recovering alcoholics and addicts. They were able to purchase Kenham Lodge and the 10 acres surrounding it. Since that time thousands have begun recovery programs in this safe environment. Many of them have become very successful citizens in Caldwell County and surrounding areas.

The Caldwell House provides structure, responsibility, and accountability which are key to a person’s recovery. The House accepts only those persons who have completed at least four weeks of in-patient substance abuse treatment. The residents are adult males only. Residents accepted to the Caldwell House are able to benefit from its therapeutic program as they learn how to re-enter society in a safe and healthy environment.

The Caldwell House principles are based in the 12-steps of recovery and require residents to attend 12-Step meetings on a regular basis.

In addition to providing a safe place for 26 recovering Alcoholics/Addicts, the Caldwell House freely provides other services to the community at large.

An average stay at Caldwell House is between 8-12 months. The House requires at least a four-month commitment from residents and active involvement in the implementation of aftercare plans and employment.

Job Description

Caldwell House seeks a mission-driven, passionate, and dedicated leader to serve as Executive Director.

The Executive Director is responsible is responsible for providing strategic vision and managerial oversight for all facets of the organization’s administration, fiscal management, resource development, community relations, and programming.  The Director is hired by and responsible to the Board of Directors.

Executive Leadership & Strategic Management

  • Serve as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and its key committees and gives strong direction in policy formulation and interpretation.
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to craft organizational goals and develop strategies to ensure that they are achieved.
  • Ensure coordination and alignment of all activities through provision of strategic direction in the areas of community impact, resource development, and staff alignment.
  • Directly supervise Assistant Director, House Manager, other staff deemed necessary.
  • Assess organizational capacity to implement strategies and identify gaps in systems and staffing.
  • Oversight of the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization within established policies.
  • Manage the facility in such a manner that will assure the maximum benefit consistent with the purpose of the facility for all residents and staff.
  • Oversee proper maintenance of the facility, including building, grounds, and equipment at a standard consistent with the policies and strategic goals.
  • Conduct interviews with potential residents to determine acceptance into the facility.
  • Review periodically the progress of each resident personally. Address any concerns or difficulties with suggested actions as necessary.
  • Maintain all rules and regulations of the facility and see that all residents adhere to them. See that all disciplinary matters are handled in a forthright, professional, and legal manner.
  • Be aware of and be involved in programs, activities, and actions in promoting the awareness of the facility with all appropriate treatment facilities and local community organizations to create understanding and acceptance.
  • Attend and report at all board meetings except at such times as the board wishes to meet in executive session.

Development & Financial Management

  • Be aware of and involved in fund-raising programs and activities for the facility.
  • Provide information to the Treasurer and/or grant writers as necessary for fund-raising purposes.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with treatment facilities and referral sources.
  • Engage the community in explaining and supporting the facility’s Mission Statement.
  • Attend and report at all board meetings except at such times as the board wishes to meet in executive session.
  • Manage organizational spending; monitor budget compliance and mitigate financial risks.
  • Responsible for monitoring fiscal viability and objectives of the organization.
  • Closely collaborate with the Treasurer and Board to ensure the continued growth of donations to meet fiscal needs of the House.
  • Oversight of all funding initiatives to include overseeing grant writing, submitting requests for funding, maintaining donor relationships, writing and supervising annual appeal.
  • Work with the Board in planning and implementation of potential capital campaigns. 
  • Create and grow relationships with funders and community representatives.




  • Commitment to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Personal engagement with AA is welcome, if accompanied by at least five years of recovery.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Minimum of 5 years management/supervisory experience required.
  • Prior experience working in substance rehabilitation; knowledge of grants and financial management; and experience working with non-profit boards are all desirable.

Leadership Attributes and Skills:

  • Mission Driven/Resident Centered: A commitment to the philosophy, mission, and programs of Caldwell House.
  • Effective Communication: Possess excellent interpersonal, non-verbal, verbal, and written communication.
  • Team player: Ability to create a culture of diversity, inclusivity, belonging, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Positivity: Ability to work and lead with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to set boundaries: Ability to deal with emotional situations and difficult circumstances, this person must set boundaries to avoid becoming personally involved with those they are helping.
  • Multitask/Organization: Possess and demonstrate effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Analytical thinking: Strong analytic and strategic thinking required for goals and to problem-solve crises and evaluate effectiveness of program and outcomes.
  • Proven Leadership: Capacity to support staff while holding them accountable. Strong Conflict resolution skills.

Additional Information

Caldwell House has retained Capital Development Services (CapDev) to conduct a search for this position.  Candidates should include a cover letter and a resume.  All material will be kept confidential.  Additional inquiries may be directed to Claire Waiksnoris at [email protected].