King County Recovery Coalition Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $60,000.00
Details: DOE




United States


Position Responsibilities: This position is responsible for growing, developing and shaping the nascent King County Recovery Coalition, including leading strategic planning, visioning, recruitment, and building out coalition procedures and documentation. We envision KCRC incorporating as its own nonprofit in the next several years and we are looking to hire an individual who could rise to the level of Executive Director at that time. This position is responsible for both overall leadership of KCRC and also the execution of KCRC activities, including completing or delegating all tasks associated with KCRC work.   

Provide Overall Leadership for KCRC

·      Identify, assess and inform the KCRC Advisory Board of internal and external issues affecting the coalition

·      Foster effective teamwork with the KCRC Advisory Board, volunteers and members of KCRC

·      Actively enhance KCRC’s community profile as an active and engaging spokesperson and leader

·      Ensure KCRC meets member needs and the KCRC Advisory Board expectations

·      Lead strategic planning consistent with the vision, mission and recovery values

·      Ensure KCRC uses limited resources effectively

·      Manage organizational change effectively

·      Anticipate upcoming programming changes and priorities in response to changing governmental policy, legislation, and funding mechanisms and position KCRC for appropriate support for those changes

·      Identify and evaluate the risks to KCRC’s people, property, finances, goodwill and image; implement measures to control risk

Ensure Effective Management and Staffing

·      Maintain a positive, healthy and safe work environment in a culture of teamwork and accountability

·      Ensure the development, maintenance and implementation of effective management systems, policies and training

·      Manage KCRC’s finances (in cooperation with the WRA Executive Director) and operations (in cooperation with KCRC Advisory Board) to ensure overall financial and operational strength and stability

·      Oversee the preparation of annual budgets, regular financial reports and other necessary tracking and reporting following sound accounting principles

·      Ensure development and execution of an annual resource development plan that generates needed resources to execute on program objectives. The plan should leverage and diversify contributions and take into account funding from resources that are appropriate for the mission of KCRC

·      Advocate for funding streams for KCRC programs and general expenses; actively position KCRC for funding success

Community Relations/Advocacy

·      Be a thought-leader with a commitment to recovery

·      Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the coalition and to identify changes in community needs

·      Establish effective working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, elected officials and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the coalition

·      Ensure KCRC has a compelling marketing and communications strategy; maximize the outreach to people with lived experience, allies, providers and other stakeholders

·      Serve as an expert resource for the news media

·      Serve as a conduit to the recovery community for provider organizations, government agencies, and news outlets

·      Source, prepare for, and execute public speaking engagements in the community

·      Provide testimony on relevant legislation at the municipal, county, and state level

Program execution and operations

·      Plan, convene and provide leadership during KCRC meetings

·      Ensure that all responsibilities related to the planning and execution of all KCRC events are completed

·      Ensure King County contractual obligations are met related to planning and implementation of recovery events, a speakers bureau, and a social media campaign

·      Partner closely with staff of the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division to prepare for and successfully execute the annual Behavioral Health Legislative Forum, including: helping recruit event co-sponsors, helping recruit, select, and prepare recovery speakers, sourcing recovery photos, promotion of the forum, serving on the County’s planning committee(s), and partnering with KCRC members and other groups to mobilize attendees for the forum

·      Represent KCRC at government-led and community meetings as relevant

·      Serve as staff to the KCRC Advisory Board, committees, and work groups

·      Represent KCRC at conferences and community events

·      Miscellaneous other duties as assigned, as typical for a start up

Essential Qualifications:

·      Previous experience and demonstrated comfort with government affairs and community organizing

·      Experience with financial statements and budgets; ability to interpret financial information, draw appropriate conclusions, and take action

·      Strong networking abilities

·      Excellent oral and written communication skills

·      Self-starter, ability to work independently

·      Ambitious leader with a demonstrated track record of success

·      A great sense of humor, good judgment and commitment to improving the lives of others

·      Success at coaching, mentoring and developing volunteers with a commitment to cross-team accountability and execution

·      Intellectual and practical curiosity that translates into learning, improving and innovating

·      Social media savvy, particularly Facebook

·      A passion for recovery and deep belief that recovery is not only possible, but expected!

Preferred Qualifications:

·      Individuals who identify as in recovery from substance use challenges

·      Previous successful experience as a Director in an association, coalition or nonprofit 

·      Well established understanding of and connection to King County behavioral health providers

·      Strong connection to the addiction and mental health recovery communities in King County

·      Previous experience interfacing positively with an Advisory Board or Board of Directors

·      Fluency in Spanish 


This position offers a generous benefit package including medical, vision, and dental, a retirement plan, as well as 3 weeks paid time off, 9 paid holidays, 3 personal days, mobile phone, and a flexible schedule. 

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send a thoughtful cover letter and current resume to Lauren Davis at for review by the Hiring Committee. WRA/KCRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity on our staff. WRA/KCRC encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and people with lived experiences of mental health and/or substance use challenges. This position will remain open until filled.