Phillips Oppenheim

President, New York, NY




To prevent and stop drug addiction (e.g., heroin, opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine) among children, teens, and young adults by:

  • Delaying or preventing the initiation of substance use among children and adolescents,
  • Promoting quality addiction treatment for teens and young adults with drug problems,
  • Assisting families in knowing what to do/how to find quality care, and
  • Fighting stigma and educating the public that addiction is a disease.

We use our research to develop innovative programs, evaluate the impact of those programs, and market our success.


The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) seeks an entrepreneurial and inspirational executive with an unwavering passion for and commitment to eliminating drug addiction in our nation's youth. The President will be outcomes-driven, possess an ambitious drive for growth and scale, and have demonstrated success at leading an organization, including strong organizational, marketing, and program development experience.


The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Founded in 1992 by former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA's interdisciplinary experts collaborate with others to promote effective policies and practices. The organization conducts and synthesizes research to inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve treatments, and analyze and recommend policies on substance abuse and addiction.

CASA, based in New York City, has a staff of 50, and an annual budget of approximately $9 million.


Working under the direction of the Executive Chair and reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will provide the leadership to build CASA's profile as the trusted "go-to" source for information and innovator in the delivery of programs to address the critical issue of drug abuse and addiction at a time when usage of newer and even more dangerous substances is exploding. As an important representative of the organization, the President and CEO will create relationships that leverage the organization's assets and reputation for significant growth and a more powerful voice with respect to treatment and prevention.


The President's responsibilities include the following:

Board Relations

  • Demonstrate a strong, collaborative working relationship with the Executive Chair.
  • Maintain excellent Board relations and a high level of Board member engagement.
  • Support Executive Chair in outreach and development of new Board members.
  • Engage Board members in establishing organizational direction and fundraising while providing support for effective Board teamwork.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.

External Relations

  • Cultivate and develop relationships that increase the organization's profile and stature.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with new and existing funders.
  • Be a spokesperson for the organization with all media, public policy, and governmental organizations.

Internal Management and Strategy

  • Develop and execute a long-term strategic plan to achieve dynamic growth in line with the new vision for the organization.
  • Facilitate creation of innovative programs to achieve the organization's mission, including collaborating with outside organizations to increase programmatic potential.
  • Direct an aggressive marketing and communications strategy to promote CASA's achievements and brand recognition.
  • Establish effective organizational structure to ensure management focus on key deliverables of the organization.
  • Delegate effectively to members of the senior management team.
  • Ensure work of the organization is supported by effective processes for planning, communicating, measuring, governing, and delivering a high-quality product.
  • Lead and motivate staff and stakeholders to join in promoting overall growth of CASA and advances in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse.
  • Identify and act on opportunities to extend the organization's reach.
  • Ensure the financial integrity of CASA while proactively minimizing potential risks.
  • Direct the development and implementation of both programmatic and financial measurements that ensure CASA'S efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ensure the development of an effective organizational structure that enables transparent coordination and communication across the entire organization; inspire effective interaction and relationships among the executive team by fostering open communications, team building, and individual initiative.
  • Create a pipeline for future leaders of CASA through training and professional development activities.
  • Improve the organization's development strategy, including marketing, branding, and individual donor cultivation.


The President will have or be:

  • An experienced leader who has run an organization and demonstrated the ability to grow an organization to the next level of performance/impact.
  • A passion for the mission; a record as a strong inspirational leader and catalyst able to articulate the mission with conviction and clarity and achieve results.
  • An exemplary reputation for successful and visionary leadership and management at a senior-executive level with an entrepreneurial, multifaceted organization in government, nonprofit, or the private sector.
  • Experience in the health/behavioral health field and/or in a corporation in the pharmaceutical, health insurance, or related field can be a plus.
  • Flexibility and the demonstrated ability to think creatively and thrive in a complex environment, juggling numerous projects and satisfying numerous constituencies simultaneously.
  • Entrepreneurial, with good business acumen and understanding of and experience with sophisticated business management practices and the ability to apply these practices in a nonprofit organization.
  • Success developing and implementing a plan to drive organizational growth.
  • Experience as a dynamic fundraiser and marketer, with the ability to secure financial support from diverse sources.
  • Politically savvy; understands federal, state, and local government priorities and how to best achieve goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a record of building relationships and enhancing an organization's profile and visibility.
  • Poise; able to speak with the media and to identify and capitalize on media opportunities as they arise.
  • Ability to manage resources to achieve successful implementation of long- and short-term strategies and objectives; committed to rigorous evaluation through the ongoing use of clear and cohesive organizational outcomes; experience with the implementation of systems of accountability, technology, and management across multiple levels of the organization.


  • A team player with a strong work ethic, sense of urgency, and a bias for action.
  • A dynamic leader who is able to create and respond to opportunities and who has a deep appreciation for why CASA'S mission is so important for the people it serves; a builder.
  • Able to attract and nurture high-performing talent and build trust to develop strong teams.
  • An inclusive style with respect to empowering teams and engaging the Board.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and a "no challenge or problem is too tough" attitude.
  • A persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus among differing opinions; a decision-maker who can be firm and fair yet flexible as needed.
  • An ethical individual who imparts stability, trust, integrity, sensitivity, common sense, and tolerance, and who motivates others in a similar vein.
  • An intellectually curious individual and lifelong learner.

Please send applications and nominations to Susan Meade and Paul Spivey at

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