Innovation Officer

Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission | Fresno, California


Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC), is widely recognized and is one of the largest nonprofit community action agencies in the United States. Founded in 1965, Fresno EOC has spent over fifty years investing in people to help them become self-sufficient.

Job Summary

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 products.  

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.

Reports To

Chief Executive Officer


  • Develops a future-focused vision for innovative contribution to identifying opportunities and maximize impact with alignment to the agency’s strategic goals.
  • Oversees on-ramp to a sustainable innovation process.
  • Acts as an advocate for innovators and creators and generates a pipeline of innovative projects for agency leadership consideration.
  • Develops internal and external network of innovators and partners to move the agency innovation agenda forward.
  • Identifies and researches regional, state, federal and private sources of funding.
  • Proposes and reviews new funding sources and program requirements with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team.
  • Collaborates with appropriate Agency staff to develop program goals and objectives; outlines how funds are to be used, and explains procedures necessary to obtain funding.
  • Supervises and writes grant proposals and edits content for timely and accurate proposal submissions, soliciting input from key personnel as needed.
  • 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 documentation.
  • 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:
    • Budgeting
    • 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.  



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related field.


  • Minimum five (5) years of management experience in a non-profit organization.
  • 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 processes. 
  • 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 cultures.
  • 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



$120,000 per year

3 weeks of paid vacation, 13 holidays, 9

sick days per year + PSL time

Excellent Group Health Insurance,

Pension Plan, 403(b) tax deferred retirement plan

Really rewarding work (it’s priceless!)


  • Travels for agency business using personal/agency vehicle.
  • Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Works evenings and weekends as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

How to Apply

If you would like to work to improve opportunities for our community, view the complete job description and apply online

at Questions? Contact HR at (559) 263-1070


Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations