Posted on: July 18, 2022
Suzanne Bissonette’s Retirement
Suzanne L. Bissonette has announced that she will soon retire from her role as Caz Recovery’s CEO. After 25 years of service with the agency, she will depart in early 2023. During her remarkable career, she has served in public and nonprofit roles for over 40 years throughout Western New York.
Her tenure at Caz Recovery has been nothing short of transformational for the agency. Above all else, she has always prioritized providing the best possible treatment and care for people with substance use disorders. Suzanne’s legacy includes the creation of critical community services, multiple successful acquisitions, the development of supported and affordable housing across the area, a unique partnership with FLACRA that led to new services for veterans, and a sincere appreciation for the continued dedication of Caz Recovery’s staff. Most importantly, the agency has saved thousands of lives and reunited families all over Western New York under Suzanne’s leadership.
Today, Caz Recovery is a thriving partner in the region’s system of behavioral healthcare. Suzanne’s steadfast fiscal stewardship has notably increased organization’s revenue from $2 million in 1998 to nearly $10 million in 2021. This sets the stage for Caz Recovery’s continued success and the preservation of services that are vital to the community. Navigating the challenges of the pandemic has not been easy, but Caz Recovery’s future looks brighter than ever due to Suzanne’s initiative and foresight over the last two years.
“Suzanne taught me how to have a good balance of heart and professionalism. She’s always been so supportive.” – Briana Petersdorf, Program Manager of Turning Point House
“I’ve seen the agency grow under her leadership from a single house at Cazenovia Manor to a multi-million dollar operation today. She really planted a great seed.” – Ronald Corpening, Counselor at Cazenovia Manor
Needless to say, the organization will miss her kind words of encouragement and her guidance. Thanks to Suzanne’s leadership, Caz Recovery has been able to support some of Western New York’s most vulnerable. As a former resident once said, “I have nothing but good days now.”
“In many ways, I wish I was not retiring given the current state of the agency” said Suzanne. “There are so many new opportunities on the way with better financial outcomes for our staff. However, I am excited about the new adventures retirement will bring,” she said.
The agency wishes Suzanne an enjoyable and extremely well-deserved retirement. Caz Recovery’s Board of Directors is conducting a comprehensive search for Suzanne’s successor. To apply, email letter of interest and resume to CEOSuccession@cazenoviarecovery.org by August 26, 2022.
New CEO Job Posting
Who We Are
Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. (Caz) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with substance use disorders to build healthier lives and reach their full potential. Caz is a forward-thinking, vital, and successful partner in substance use disorder services. Caz is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope.
Caz is a mission-driven organization seeking a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead and support its staff to improve the lives of Western New York families and their loved ones affected by substance use.
The CEO will articulate and promote the organization’s mission, develop sufficient resources for the financial health of the agency, and position the agency to continue to meet the needs of individuals and families challenged by substance use.
What Is Required
The CEO will assess the organization’s activities and operations in a new political, social and post COVID environment. With this knowledge in hand, the CEO will work with staff and the Board to set a forward-looking strategic direction and objectives for the organization.
The CEO will ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, communications, and systems while recommending timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals and mission.
The CEO must possess the following:
- Strong management skills, oral and written communications skills, problem-solving skills, and a general knowledge of business law.
- Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care, Person Centered Care, and Harm Reduction Principles.
- Sound working knowledge of the principles and practices of fiscal management.
- Ability to illustrate leadership through competence and able to develop the skills and knowledge of staff to be effective team members.
- Ability to learn the principles of substance use disorders and the dynamics of recurrences of use and recurrence prevention expeditiously.
- Ability to convert substance knowledge into the design, development, and implementation of a comprehensive continuum of substance use disorder services.
- Ability to respond to crises and maintain agency reputation through emergencies as it relates to individual safety, program impact, and community impact.
- Knowledge of computer data systems and the willingness to learn the agency’s applicable programs.
- Valid New York State driver’s license and is willing to use personal vehicle to attend off- site work-related activities.
Master’s degree required, Terminal Degree preferred in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, Human Relations, or Business Administration with at least four years’ experience in the areas of administration, program development and substance use programs.
The salary range for this position is $160,000 – $180,000 depending on education and relevant experience. Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc. also offers a competitive benefits package. The anticipated start date is January 2023.
Please send a cover letter of interest highlighting key qualifications and resume to CEOSuccession@cazenoviarecovery.org by August 26, 2022. Inquiries should not be sent to Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc., or Board members. We will contact you regarding next steps.
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