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Mercer Council Leadership Change Announcement

From Deborah Dunn, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

"Please join us in expressing good wishes to Jocelyn Cooper as she begins her next chapter. We are grateful for her contributions since she started in 2014 as a Prevention Educator working directly with our beloved Geetha Arulmohan. In July 2017, Jocelyn became the Council's Executive Director. The Council's accomplishments came through her exceptional leadership and support of the Council staff. We wish Jocelyn much success and happiness in this next chapter.

For every chapter that ends, a new one begins. Our search for a new Executive Director has already started. Job announcement can be found below. We encourage everyone to direct candidates to the job posting (downloadable link below). While we search for our new Executive Director, Catherine Arulmohan is the Council's Interim Executive Director. 

The Council's mission remains clear: to create pathways to reduce substance-related challenges through education, support, advocacy, and partnerships throughout our community. We are so proud to have the committed and professional group of people that make up the Mercer Council. We have every confidence that we will continue to deliver the excellent services for which the Council is known. As we are all reminded every day, the challenges we face as a community continue to grow and change. There is so much work left to continue our mission, which undoubtedly helps save and improve lives and families. This organization allows us to accomplish those goals on the ground level every day. We will continue to meet those challenges together. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Let us continue our work together and be champions of our cause." 

Job Announcement

Executive Director
Starting Salary: $110,000 - $130,000

The Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction is seeking a passionate, self-directed, and mission-driven leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Mercer Council's staff, programs, capital assets, expansion efforts, and execution of its mission. Mercer Council stands as the preeminent provider of substance abuse prevention and clinical services in Mercer County. In support of this defining goal, the Executive Director leads a talented team of twenty-four (24) staff and a budget exceeding $1.6 million.

Leadership & Management:

• Lead Mercer Council with integrity, dedication, and a genuine commitment to its mission and clients served.
• Design, direct, and supervise programming; oversee passionate and committed programming staff; provide direction and support relative to program delivery.
• Ensure proper staffing for program-specific roles and work with the Director of Operations relative to non-program specific administrative and human resources related tasks.
• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence through rigorous program evaluation; fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve all strategic goals.
• Actively and effectively work with the Director of Operations to oversee both program and administrative staff.
• Actively engage with staff, partnering organizations, and the Board of Trustees.
• Support Board of Trustees; serve as ex-officio member of committees; seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction.
• Ensure effective systems to regularly evaluate program components, measure successes, and effectively communicate the results to the community, Mercer Council's funding sources and the Board of Trustees.

Fundraising & Community Engagement:
• Oversee and guide all efforts relative to grant writing, fundraising, and development.
• Expand revenue generating activities to support existing programs and identify areas for expansion.
• Strengthen brand identity through communications to the established external presence and increased digital platforms.
• Build intentional partnerships and relationships with civic leaders with the purpose of furthering Mercer Council's mission.
• Be an external presence that publishes program results with an emphasis on the successes of programs as a model for replication.

Essential Qualifications:
• Master's Degree in the field of health, education, psychology or related human service field, or having equivalent experience and/or Master's in Business Administration.
• Proven leadership, five or more years of senior management and relationship management experience.
• In depth understanding of addiction, prevention, mental health and social services.
• Experience in program development, oversight, and administration.
• Track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based organization and staff.
• Ability to develop and operationalize strategies.
• Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to motivate staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
• Ability to work collaboratively with the Mercer Council Board of Trustees.
• Public relations, health promotion and fundraising experience.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• CADC/CPS certification
• Licensed in the counseling field (e.g., LPC, LSW, LCSW, LCADC)
• Knowledge of Mercer County social service landscape
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including, health, dental and retirement options. This is not a remote position. All interested candidates should forward their curriculum vitae and cover letter to Lance Liverman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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