Job Posting – CEO of Gateway Rehab

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Gateway Rehabilitation Center (Gateway Rehab), a private, not-for-profit organization, is a positive force in the prevention, treatment, education and research of substance abuse and alcoholism. Since 1972, the center has thrived under the guiding spirit of its founder and medical director emeritus, Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. This renowned author and physician first opened Gateway Rehab as a 28-day, abstinence-based alcohol and drug dependence treatment center for adults. Dr. Kenneth Ramsey has led the organization for 36 years, growing it from a one-site fledgling facility to a robust financially stable $30 million organization with more than 20 sites.  Today, Gateway Rehab is an internationally recognized leader in addiction treatment offering an array of services for adolescents, youth, and adults with a compassionate and individualized approach.

The mission of Gateway Rehab is to help all affected by addictive diseases to become healthy in body, mind and spirit. The center took root in the Pittsburgh region, growing to treat about 1,200 adults a year. In 1992, the mission expanded to help youth with substance abuse problems. In 2012, Gateway Rehab opened its Youth Services Center, conveniently located just minutes from the Pittsburgh International Airport. This facility is exclusively for adolescents and offers gender-specific treatment in a serene environment.


With a strong financial foundation, the organization is led by a committed Board of Directors with a staff of nearly 700 employees treating 1,700 patients on any given day in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The services of Gateway Rehab are broad and all-encompassing for adults and adolescents:  detox, in-patient, out-patient, half-way houses, corrections, Employee Assistance Programs and after-care. In addition, there is a value on prevention and research. Please visit for additional information on this incredible organization.



As a result of the announced retirement of our longtime leader, the Gateway Rehab Board of Directors seeks to hire the organization’s next President & CEO and has retained Vantagen to assist with this process. The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of our mission and business objectives. This position leads the organization with a senior management team of seven professionals, many of whom are long term dedicated employees.


We seek a leader with empathy and compassion for the people served by our mission.  Strategic thinking, innovation and courage are required to catalyze the delivery of outstanding client outcomes.  In an ever-evolving landscape of healthcare reform, we seek an experienced leader that can navigate the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the operations and treatment delivery systems of Gateway Rehab. With financial savvy, our next President & CEO will need to be experienced in seeking out and negotiating partnerships that will benefit our mission. As an ethical leader, the President & CEO must have demonstrated ability to lead an accomplished team of professionals accustomed to achieving exceptional results.


The President & CEO is primarily responsible for the following:


Leadership and Management

  • Manage overall administration and quality of Gateway Rehab – its programs, projects, human resources, policies and procedures, finances, and facilities.
  • Plan and direct all investigations and negotiations pertaining to joint ventures and organization partnerships, with approval of the Board of Directors.
  • Identify and communicate emerging topics in Healthcare Reform. Interpret the impact of county, state and federal changes in healthcare policy to Staff and Board.
  • Work collaboratively with Management and Board to develop annual and long-range goals and strategies for the organization.
  • Understand, assess, minimize and communicate the risks associated with business processes, transactions, operations, and healthcare trends.
  • Regularly meet with the executive team to ensure that operations are in accordance with policies.  Establish and administer plans and policies by implementing Board decisions. Respond to internal and external demands.
  • Maintain financial stability through effective resource allocation, and financial and program management.


Community Relations and Fundraising

  • Serve as the chief liaison with the community, other organizations, private and public funders, and other constituents. Interpret and represent the organization in the community.
  • Work with the Vice President, Development and Public Information to increase broad based private support to increase philanthropic funding. Identify and cultivate relationships that will advance the development and resource acquisition efforts of Gateway Rehab.
  • Participate in national, regional and affinity groups in order to stay connected and aligned within the Addiction and Recovery community.


Board and External Relations

  • Support the work of the Board of Directors and all relevant committees. Serve as the intermediary between Board and Staff. Identify, recruit and maximize the contributions of new and existing board members. Direct the continued education and organizational development of the Board of Directors.
  • Through the Board’s committee structure, provide guidance and authorization to carry out major plans, standards and procedures, consistent with established policies and Board approval.



The current and future challenges facing all healthcare and in particular, addiction treatment services, are numerous. In the near term the President & CEO will be expected to continue to deliver outstanding client outcomes while meeting and successfully addressing the following challenges:


  1. The impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on Gateway Rehab services and finances.
  2. The evolution of Gateway Rehab’s treatment delivery models to be inclusive of varied client needs.
  3. A facility upgrade to reflect the high level of personalized care offered through treatment.
  1. Creating a culture of philanthropy internally and externally to meet the financial demands that complement the current revenue streams.





The successful President & CEO candidate will be an experienced and tested leader who possesses a combination of the following:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required.
  • Substantial successful experience as a senior manager within a healthcare organization or organization similar in size, scope and scale of impact.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current and evolving landscape of healthcare and healthcare reform.
  • Prior experience initiating and launching successful partnerships for mutual gain.
  • A demonstrated passion for the unique nature of addiction and recovery and the mission of Gateway Rehab.
  • Strong financial acumen, management ability and an ethical servant leader approach to work.
  • Integrity and trust beyond reproach. Composure in all situations, even when under stress. Adheres to an appropriate and effective set of core values and beliefs. Is strategically agile – can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately. A visionary who doesn’t lose sight of daily operations.
  • Personal values that include generosity, compassion, honesty, enthusiasm, energy, stamina, humility and a sense of humor.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action in a community context. Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written and public speaking.
  • Prior demonstrated successful experience with identifying and securing private and public funding through fundraising and government/community relations.
  • A sense of entrepreneurial opportunism, with the ability to flex and adapt with changing conditions.
  • Generous with time and willingness to do all that it takes to stay “on top” of the many faceted parts of the nonprofit sector and the community at large.
  • Adept at building effective teams and motivating others to achieve more, particularly in complex and dynamic organizations. Demonstrated ability to manage and resolve conflict.
  • Evidence of continuously seeking (or encouraging others to seek) opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing organizational problems and challenges.



This position offers a highly competitive salary, and a generous benefits package, consistent with other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope and scale.



Individuals wishing to speak confidentially about this opportunity may contact Michelle Pagano Heck, Senior Consultant, Vantagen at Qualified individuals may apply confidentially by submitting resume, cover letter and compensation requirements as MS Word attachments to: Please reference the following in the subject line of your email:  Gateway Rehab, President & CEO, #253-MH687


If you do not receive an email confirmation of your submission within 3 business days, please contact Dawn Kopp at or 412-315-6332.

Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Vantagen and do not contact Gateway Rehab.

Gateway Rehab is an equal opportunity employer.

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