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Current NADCP Openings

The National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) seeks a passionate and visionary leader who will build upon the organization's accomplishments and 21 year experience as the premiere national membership, training, and advocacy organization for the Drug Court model.  

The Organization

Founded in 1994, The National Association for Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) works tirelessly at the national, state, and local level to create and enhance Drug Courts, which use a combination of accountability and treatment to support drug-using offenders in changing their lives. NADCP represents over 27,000 multi-disciplinary justice professionals and community leaders.

NADCP hosts the largest annual training conference on drugs and crime in the world and provides 130 training and technical assistance events each year through its professional service branches, the National Drug Court Institute, the National Center for DWI Courts, and Justice for Vets: The National Veterans Treatment Court Clearinghouse. NADCP publishes numerous scholastic and practitioner publications critical to the growth and fidelity of the Drug Court model and works tirelessly in the media, on Capitol Hill, and in state legislatures to improve the response of the American justice system to substance-abusing and mentally ill offenders through policy, legislation, and appropriations.

With an operating budget of close to $10 million, NADCP employs a dedicated staff of 32 and is governed by a board of 26 national leaders. The organization is funded from a mix of federal grants/corporate agreements, fees, and special events.

For more information about NADCP and its programs, see

The Position

The Chief Executive Officer serves as the chief executive of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Executive Director of its three divisions, the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI); the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC); and Justice for Vets.

Together, the NADCP Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer assure NADCP's national leadership in evidence based practices for the treatment of individuals with substance use and/or mental health disorders under the court's jurisdiction, and to further NADCP's mission and vision.

The CEO directly supervises 9 staff members including the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Science, Law, and Policy, the Development Director, 4 Senior Directors, and the Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Near Term Organizational Priorities 

The following are some of NADCP's leadership priorities over the next 12-24 months:

  • Engage in a comprehensive and inclusive strategic planning process that will drive the NADCP's future strategic direction so as to remain the premiere national membership, training and advocacy organization for the Drug Court model.
  • Continue efforts to strengthen the organization's financial position by growing and diversifying the funding streams. Expand current earned revenue and philanthropic fundraising efforts and assess the feasibility of other resource development strategies, particularly planned giving.
  • Build upon the organization's presence through cutting edge and dynamic communications strategies. Build relationships with new stakeholders and explore new partnerships to further program and fundraising goals.
  • Build upon the organization's community standing and visibility among county, state and federal government officials, media outlets, and other community partners and stakeholders integral to the organization's desired impact.
  • Develop and support the expansion of Drug Courts internationally.


Key Responsibilities

While the responsibilities will be varied, the following are core/major responsibilities for the next CEO:

  • Provides a clear vision for growth, sustainability, and model fidelity to the field, Board and staff.
  • Advocates within the public and private sectors, for issues relevant to NADCP, its services and constituencies; defend with courage and decisiveness the NADCP's brand, its divisions, and the court model it serves.
  • Maintains relationships with legislators, regulatory agencies, volunteers and representatives of the nonprofit sector to promote legislative and regulatory policies that encourage a healthy community and address the issues of NADCP's constituencies.
  • In collaboration with the Board and senior management team, develops a strategic plan that outlines a clear strategy regarding how to implement the organization's goals in ways that are aligned with the organization's vision, mission, and values.
  • Keeps abreast of trends in the Drug Court field; keeps informed of developments in human services, not-for-profit management and governance, philanthropy, fund development and legislative affairs.
  • Ensures the adequacy and soundness of the organization's financial structure; review projections of the organization's working capital requirements. Prepare an annual budget in consultation with senior management to allocate funds, control costs, and maintain operations at a level consistent with the organization's strategic plan.
  • Executes NADCP's fund development/philanthropy strategies.
  • Provides leadership to the staff; promotes teamwork and identifies areas for professional development.
  • Facilitates the integration of NADCP and Drug Courts, DWI Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts into the fabric of the community by using effective marketing and communications activities.
  • Works with Board of Directors to ensure proper Board and organization governance.


Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to and passion for NADCP's mission and will bring a variety of additional experiences and attributes to NADCP, including:

  • Knowledge of the American justice system and treatment court/problem solving court models desired.
  • Demonstrated experience providing strategic leadership in a multidisciplinary setting; ability to translate a vision into measurable actions.
  • A change agent with the ability to inspire and influence a wide variety of stakeholders from various segments of the community, particularly on issues directly related to NADCP's mission.
  • An innovative and action oriented leader with experience developing cutting-edge practices that have significantly impacted the intended audience.
  • Experience serving in a senior leadership position, and experience balancing competing priorities.
  • Strong business acumen and nonprofit management experience; demonstrated experience integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management; proven experience with financial management and budgeting.
  • Solid fundraising experience and ability to develop long-term relationships with funders; ability to identify new revenue streams.
  • A commitment to continued professional growth and development.
  • Advanced degree preferred


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, with a detailed cover letter explaining applicant's unique qualifications to meet the posted job description, and salary requirements to:

NADCP is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Resume reviews begin immediately.

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For complete details and to apply on-line, visit our website at

This recruitment will be used to form an applicant pool to fill current and future regular and/or limited duration project vacancies over the next six (6) months.

The Corrections Counselor (Probation Officer) performs professional interviewing, counseling, investigative and administrative work in the County Criminal Justice System. Work is performed in the areas of sentencing alternatives and pre-trial intervention, and incumbents deal with inmates and offenders referred by the Courts to the various programs. Programs in which incumbents can expect to be involved include, but are not limited to, Probation, Alternative Detention, Release on Own Recognizance, Supervised Release, Specialty Court, Deferred Prosecution, Restitution, Work Crews, Jail
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