Innovation Officer

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $120,000.00




United States


Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct a search for an Innovation Officer on behalf of our client, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission; an established community action agency that bridges gaps with almost every aspect of the underserved population and has been transforming lives since 1965.


Founded in 1965, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) has spent over five decades investing in people, helping them become self-sufficient. The scope of service provided by the agency consists of almost all facets of human services and economic development. They range from pre-school education to vocational training; from juvenile and drug abuse counseling to treatment for serious juvenile offenders; from youth recreation to senior citizen hot meal services; from energy conservation education to crisis intervention; from preventive health care to prenatal nutrition education; and from vocational counseling to job placement services. Fresno EOC is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a twenty-four (24) member tripartite Board of Commissioners under the auspices of the EOA of 1964. 

Fresno EOC is considered the largest community action agency in the country. They employ over 1,300 full and part-time staff members committed to transforming lives. With over 30 programs to serve the community, they bridge gaps with almost every aspect of the underserved population.


The Innovation Officer will lead Fresno EOC efforts to explore and develop ideas to solve the causes and conditions of poverty. This role directly supervises the Planning and Resource Development Office and the Fresno Street Saints Program.

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. This role will 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 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:
  • 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.


  • Minimum five (5) years of management experience in a nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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. 

Our client is 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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This role is paying a competitive base salary of up to $120k annually plus excellent group health insurance, 13 paid holidays, paid vacation, a pension plan, and a 403 (b) plan.  

Level of Language Proficiency

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or a related field.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Scion Executive Search ( has been retained to conduct this search. For immediate consideration please send your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements in a WORD.docx format through Idealist using the subject title: “Fresno EOC Innovation Officer.”