President and Chief Executive Officer


Heartland Center for Behavioral Change (HCBC) has been delivering hope, healing and recovery to people struggling with addiction since 1982.  We are a nonprofit organization that has helped thousands of individuals begin a new life – free of alcohol and drugs- and in addressing the reentry challenges of transitioning from prison to successful community life.

HCBC touched the lives of over 5,000 individuals last year with its unique combination of treatment and correctional services. Our programs include:

  • Medically monitored inpatient detoxification
  • Outpatient substance abuse treatment
  • Residential reentry programs for offenders

Services are provided in Jackson County, Missouri, and in an array of regional outpatients centers in southwest Missouri.

We are certified by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and accredited by CARF (the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).


The President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the leader and chief spokesperson for the organization and is accountable to the Board of Directors.

The CEO must think strategically at a high level, convert that thinking into action, and communicate in a way that secures the enthusiastic engagement of stakeholders, board, staff, and customers. He/she must develop and implement strategies, operational plans and tactics to achieve results; identify, develop and pursue new programs/services and business opportunities along with the senior team; act as the principal steward of the organization’s resources; and foster a high-performing team of professionals.

Specific responsibilities of this position include:

Leadership:   Serves as a decisive, credible leader for HCBC in attracting and retaining top-notch, diverse talent. Maintains a work environment that fosters employee empowerment and commitment to the organization’s mission and purpose. Supports an open and healthy work culture of collaboration, diversity, continuous improvement and mutual respect.

Board Relations:  Supports the board in their role for the organization.  Keeps them fully informed and engaged regarding the status and activities of the organization, including preparing timely reports in compliance with board policies.

Strategic Planning:  Creates and implements a strategic plan which reflects board ends.

Partnerships:   Recognizes the importance of collaborating with other agencies and works to identify/strengthen strategic partnership opportunities.

Financial Viability:  Holds primary responsibility for managing the budget, ensuring sustainable, diverse funding streams, and managing the contracting process.

Operations:  Ensures that the team operates with excellence and delivers high quality services that meet the needs of the community and exceed customer expectations.

Advocacy:  Navigates the complexity of local, state, and national policy, regulations, and funding to the advantage of HCBC and its programs.

Community Relations:  Interfaces and establishes solid relationships with constituencies at all levels including health, social service, insurance, community leadership, funders and the public.

Communication:  Serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization and effectively articulates the vision, mission, and outcomes.


  • Undergraduate degree in social work, counseling, psychology, criminal justice or related field required. Advanced degree is preferred.
  • Management experience in substance abuse and/or criminal justice programs strongly preferred.
  • Must possess at least 5 years of professional experience with progressive management responsibilities. Significant leadership experience in a nonprofit organization of comparable size and complexity preferred. Applicant must be savvy about health care reform and its implications.
  • Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, and community partners.
  • An affinity for the mission of providing change opportunities for those struggling with addiction.
  • High personal integrity.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Must possess a proven capacity to achieve/exceed goals, improve bottom line performance, and maintain and grow programs/organizations.
  • Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegation, and program development.
  • Solid budget management skills.
  • A professional attitude and appearance and the ability to motivate and manage staff.
  • Comfort performing in an inner-city environment.
  • Strong advocacy skills and the ability to work with government officials.
  • Demonstrated understanding of local, state, and federal grants processes.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.


The compensation range for this position will be competitive and reflective of the background and experience of the selected candidate. Eligible for incentive compensation after six months. Compensation is supplemented by a strong benefits package.

HCBC firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected categories.

Submit resume to Bill Craig, the Moran Company

Position to be filled by December 1, 2016.