*Innovation Officer *

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We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran
status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Directly supervises the Planning and Resource Development Office and the
Fresno Street Saints Program.

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The Innovation Officer will lead Fresno EOC efforts to explore and develop
ideas to solve the causes and conditions of poverty. The Innovation Officer
will work to develop an agency culture that recognizes and supports
initiatives to encourage innovation. Most importantly, the Innovation
Officer will be familiar with the process of turning fresh ideas into great

Identifies and researches funding opportunities and alternative resources
that address Fresno EOC’S vision, mission, strategy, goals and objectives.
Examines and coordinates grant opportunities, leads planning efforts, and
directs staff to prepare and review applications. Encourages and
coordinates new initiatives, partner development, and the preparation of
proposals to fund new initiatives. Coordinates and conducts agency-wide
advocacy activities in support of programs and important agency activities.

Assist in the fulfillment of the agency’s vision, “For Those We Serve,” by
empowering individuals to thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and
contributing members of our communities.


Completes RFP/RFI submittals and proposals, ensuring that all requirements
are fully articulated to appropriate program management staff.

Manages a research/resource library of development and grant related
materials, templates, tools, and official EOC boilerplate language.

Maintains master file/database on all grants.

Coordinates the preparation, assembly and delivery of proposal

Tracks the status of proposals and follows up with funders to provide
additional information as may be required.

Develops and distributes relevant concept papers and white papers in
support of development and growth goals of the Agency.

Directs, coordinates, and performs a variety of advocacy functions for
programs and the agency.

Prepares written and oral presentations to the Board of Commissioners,
funding review panels and community groups.

Participates in contract negotiations with funding sources and prepares
amendments when needed.

Develops, in collaboration with Agency management, appropriate budgets for
all grant proposals.

Provides oversight for the start-up and implementation of newly funded
programs. Includes:

– Staffing needs
– Service Delivery Processes and Procedures
– Quality and Compliance Controls
– Coordination of Agency Services and Support Needs
– Reporting and Stated Funding Requirements

Participates along with the Executive Team in strategic planning and
related development and growth processes for Fresno EOC.

Keeps current in the field by maintaining professional certifications,
reading published information, and attending seminars and conferences.

Travels for agency business using personal/agency vehicle.

Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

Works evenings and weekends as required.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements


To execute this job successfully, an individeual must be able to perform
each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are
reprentative of the knowledge, skill and /or ability required. Resonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.


High school diploma or GED.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Adminsitration or a related field.


Minimum five (5) years of management experience in a non-profit

Five (5) years of demonstrated successful grant development and writing
experience. Government grants preferred.

Five (5) years of supervisory experience.


Creative and innovative skill set.

Confidence and ability to be a change agent.

Think and act in an inclusive and collaborative manner.

Must have a basic understanding of poverty, its causes and conditions and
recognize its impact on individuals and communities. A strong understanding
of Community Action Agencies is preferred.

Working knowledge of organization and decision making principles and

Knowledge of Governmental and non-profit funding sources, and accounting
principles, practices and regulations, funding criteria, and economic
development resources.

Ability to interpret and explain legal aspects and ramifications of
contractual agreements.

Ability to analyze financial and economic development related
recommendations and proposals in light of their total impact upon agency
operations, programs and policies.

Able to establish effective relationships with staff and the public in the
course of the performance of duties.

Thorough understanding of economic development practices and demonstrated
business analytical qualities.

Knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income community.
Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups of diverse

Highly skilled in oral and written communication.

Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Must maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile insurance.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must
be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of
this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally
required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach
with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and
talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10
pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close
vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of
those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of
this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.




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Executive Office


$120,000/per year


Excellent Group Health Insurance, 13 Paid Holidays, Paid Vacation, Pension
Plan, 403 (b) plan



Executive Office

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Fresno- Executive Office


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Work schedule/Overtime Required

Mon – Fri

This position is currently accepting applications.

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